Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

DOGS OF WAR (1) US Army/USAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: February 19th, 2017     
DOGS OF WAR (1) US Army/USAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Been around about a year, and now we know they are focusing on Vietnam War subjects ... We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (...and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way...)

This set is extremely useful in that it includes a bunch of USAF and US Army stencil and non-stencil markings, in both blue and black, in this case sized for the Roden 1/32 O-1/L-19. You have many options for use, and these are well researched and provide (1) different choices for YOUR model, and (2) provide an alternative to the (frequently) not-so-good kit decal performance.

A set of airframe stencils in included for one model, along with national insignia. When done, you'll have a lot of numbers and USAF/US ARMY notations for use on your 1/32 snakes and Hueys... at least that's my plan, as the old Revell kit decals are looking a bit worn in the box.

244th Sentai Part 2 Decals

Published: February 18th, 2017     
244th Sentai Part 2 Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Lifelike Decals

The 244th Sentai (Fighter Group / Fighter Regiment) was formed in 1941 and charged with the defense of Tokyo. As apparent from the options included in this decal set, the unit started flying Nates and later turned in their Ki-27s for Ki-61s & Ki-100s.

There are a handful of Ki-61 Hien kits on the market in 1/48 scale with the most prominent player being Hasegawa. Along with the Hasegawa tool, Arii / Otaki and the RS Models tools were just minor players in the Ki-61 arena. All that changed in the past few months when Tamiya released their brand spankin' new tool of the Ki-61 in 1/48 scale. From the reviews I've read, it's a very sweet kit. Thankfully Lifelike has come to the rescue with a timely re-release of their 244th Sentai Part 2 Decal set that will make a nice addition to your Ki-61 no matter which kit you build. The decal set includes two options for the Ki-27 Nate in addition to the Ki-61 decals. A very nice bonus if, like me, you have the Mania / Hasegawa Nate in your stash. Although the Nate tool has been around since the 1970's, it is still a very nice kit.

TOPGUN Tigers and Talons

Published: February 11th, 2017     
TOPGUN Tigers and Talons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The movie Top Gun, love it or hate it, raised a lot of interest in the Navy Fighter Weapons School and that interest was not lost on modelers, with the markings of the Adversary planes standing out. Furball has given us an enormous sheet of markings covering thirteen different schemes covering 12 different of F-5Es and F-5Fs between 1976 and 1986. Note that this is different from the smaller schemes as they just couldn't fit the T-38's on the sheet. There is great news in that the markings included are all airframes so you could build all thirteen planes included.

The schemes included are:

F-14 Bombcat Weapons Decal Set

Published: February 5th, 2017     
F-14 Bombcat Weapons Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

So, you want to build an F-14 Bombcat in 1/72nd scale and you look at the kit and the weapons look plain. You look at the real items and they have markings all over them. What to do, what to do. The fine people at Furball have you covered in spades with the issue of set 72-006 which includes markings for 84 different things that go under the wings. Inside the set, you get a wonderful, large decals sheet in excellent register printed by Cartograf. The remaining three pages are detailed marking and painting instructions for both active and inert weapons. All paint colors are denoted in FS format. Alternate colors are also mentioned in notes for each weapon. All the instructions are also in color which is a great help.

There are decals for each of the weapons listed below.

F-5E/F and T-38A TOPGUN Tigers and Talons

Published: February 5th, 2017     
F-5E/F and T-38A TOPGUN Tigers and Talons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48 & 1:72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The movie Top Gun, love it or hate it, raised a lot of interest in the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and that interest was not lost on modelers with the markings of the Adversary planes standing out. Furball has given us an enormous sheet of markings covering twenty-two different schemes covering both the F-5E, F-5F and the T-38A between 1976 and 1986. There are options for twelve F-5Es, four F-5Fs, and six T-38s. As noted in the header, there are separate sheets for the 1/48th and 1/72nd scale planes and both cover the same subject. AND, there are complete markings for all 22 planes!

Here's a complete rundown of the aircraft that are included in this set: