Reviews of scale model decal sets.

ANG F-101B Decals Part 2 - Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota ANG

Published: June 21st, 2015     
ANG F-101B Decals Part 2 - Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota ANG
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has built a reputation in the last several years for releasing outstanding decals for new and older kits which have superb artwork and printing. The set here is their second release and a re-release of their popular Air National Guard set, Part 2 for the Monogram 1/48 F-101B Voodoo.

The set contains a single sheet of full instructions with the cover showing the five options. The inside page includes four profiles-one of each aircraft.  The back page covers the fifth profile as well as top and bottom markings along with color call outs which for these aircraft are primarily ADC Gray (FS16473). There are two decal sheets; the first of which contains superb and colorful markings along with wing walks, slime lights and ejection seat warnings. The second smaller sheet contains stars and bars along with the USAF name. There are enough markings for one plane included. The sheets are perfectly printed by Cartograph and my experience using Caracal on three other projects shows them to be the best around as far as application.

The marking contained in the sheet are:

F6F-5 Hellcat Late Armament Covered .50 cal Brownings

Published: June 10th, 2015     
F6F-5 Hellcat Late Armament Covered .50 cal Brownings
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Thanks to Piotr at Master-models for providing these metal gun barrels to improve our Hellcats, and thanks to our IPMS leaders for sending these my way!

The Eduard Hellcats have been around for a while now, and are great kits in their own right.  Master details provide late-model covered .50 caliber Browning barrels to replace the kit items; these directly replace the kit plastic parts…

In side-by-side comparison, Master Model’s gun barrels provide improvement on the kit items by providing depth and three-dimensional appearance over the kit parts, and improve the appearance by having finer detail than can be provided with injection molding processes.  These are exactly the same as the version with the cooling jackets having holes drilled in them, without a separate barrel assembly for the guns.  They are just machined tubes, with fine detail… See the middle gun barrel on this wing for an example.   

Simply replace the kit gun barrels with the metal versions; drill appropriate holes for mounting, superglue, paint, and done.  This is as easy as it gets!

Saab AJ/JA-37 Viggen Decals

Published: June 10th, 2015     
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

TwoBobs Aviation Graphics have been around for years, and have built a solid reputation for producing some of the finest after-market decal sets in the industry.  Chances are, if you’ve been around aircraft modeling for a while you’ve used some of their products already.  Their recent release of a set of 1/48th Viggen decals was meant to coincide with the recent Tarangus release of a JA-37 Viggen in the same quarter scale. 

The decal set under review comes in a sealed plastic envelope that contains two sheets of individual markings covering the following nine different aircraft:

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 2

Published: May 27th, 2015     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 2
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby has been producing many decal sheets of previously unavailable markings, previously incorrect markings and some unusual markings.  This particular sheet is no exception.  This sheet provides markings for three camouflaged P-51’s which were over-painted with what is believed to be RAF Dark Green and Medium Sea Gray.  The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and is in perfect register.

The first aircraft is P-51D-5-NA, “Tangerine”, piloted by LT Henry A. Pfeiffer, 364FS, 357FG, Leiston, England, Autumn 1944.  The second is P-51D-10-NA, “Master Mike”, piloted by Lt. Col Joseph E. Broadhead, 362 FS, 357 FG, Leiston, England, January 1945.  The last aircraft, and the one I chose is P-51D-15-NA piloted by Major Howard D. “Deacon” Hively, 334 FS, 4FG, Debdon, England, December 1944.

The reason I chose