Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Lo-Viz Rhino's - RF-4B, F-4N, F-4J, F-4S Decals

Published: August 6th, 2012     
Lo-Viz Rhino's - RF-4B, F-4N, F-4J, F-4S Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Designs fourth issue is a set of markings for Hasegawa's 1/48th series of F-4's including the  RF-4B, F-4N, F-4J, F-4S versions. There looks to be enough markings for two kits and there are ten total available. If you add stencils, you could use the entire sheet. The markings include:

Fast Fords - F4D-1 Decals

Published: August 6th, 2012     
Fast Fords - F4D-1 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Designs and Geoff Martin hit another high note with their second release, Fast Fords designed for the Tamiya 1/48 F4D kit. There are options for 11 planes with a largely varied set of markings. Printing is done by Cartograph and is superb with great opacity and registration.

The markings listed are:

  1. F4D-1, 130747, NATC, Pax River NAS, 1955
  2. F4D-1, 130743, NATC, Pax River NAS, 1960
  3. F-6A, 134806, USN TPS, Pax River NAS, 1966
  4. F4D-1, 134809, VF-141, NK/213, USS Ranger, 1958
  5. F4D-1, 134843, VF-13, AK/102, USS Shangri La, 1962
  6. F4D-1, 114870, VF-102, AJ/00, USS Forrestal, 1961
  7. F4D-1, 134947, VF-213, NP/301, USS Lexington, 1958
  8. F4D-1, 139113, VF-74, AF/106, USS Intrepid, 1959
  9. F4D-1, 139071, VMF(AW)-314, VW/20, Ping Tung AB, Taiwan, 1958
  10. F4D-1, 139207, VF-13, AK/100, USS Shangri La, 1962
  11. F4D-1, 139207, VMF(AW)-115, AG/110, USS Independence, 1963

The schemes are not only the standard gray over white but also a Navy blue plane and several colorful examples from NAS Patuxent from the test school.

Messerschmitt Me 109 Decals Part 5

Published: August 3rd, 2012     
Messerschmitt Me 109 Decals Part 5
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

I must admit that I had not carefully examined any 1/72 Lifelike decals before I received two sets to review.  When they arrived, I realized I’ve been missing something…something rather impressive.  If Lifelike set # 72-020 is typical of other sets (and the other set I received indicates it is)…they will almost make you want to peal the stretch wrapping off a new kit box and start clipping parts.

Lifelike decals appear to come from people who know something about the subjects they cover, are focused on delivering high quality…and, who have figured out how to do it right!  The sets include careful research, the original artwork looks accurate, the print registration is excellent, the colors are vivid, the film is very thin and the subjects covered are most appealing. 

Focke Wulf Fw-190 Decals, Part 2

Published: July 30th, 2012     
Focke Wulf Fw-190 Decals, Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

After reviewing Lifelike #72-021 for Messerschmitt Bf-109s, I opened this set and found it difficult to resist working on a Tamiya 1/72 Fw-190A-3 that I had started dry fitting a few months ago.  Lifelike’s set #72-022, much like the Bf-109 set, offers a number of appealing decal options that beg almost immediate attention.

Included on the two small sheets packaged in the zip-lock sleeve are markings for:

P-38J/L Lightning Decals

Published: July 13th, 2012     
P-38J/L Lightning Decals
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

While the P-38 gained its notoriety over the waters of the Pacific, I have always preferred it in D-Day stripes.  This sheet by Iliad Design caters to both theaters of operations.

There are 3 natural metal finish birds from the Pacific:

  1. P-38J flown by Lt. Ken Ladd, 80th FS, 8th FG
  2. P-38J flown by Lt. J.C. McHenry, 7th FS, 49th FG
  3. P-38L flown by Maj. J.A. Watkins, also of the 7th FS, 49th FG

These are balanced by 4 birds flown over the European continent:

VFA-147 Argonauts F-18E 2012 Cruise Decals

Published: July 12th, 2012     
VFA-147 Argonauts F-18E 2012 Cruise Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The newest release from Bob Sanchez and Twobobs is a set for the VFA-147 Argonauts aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. The Argonauts are based at NAS Lemoore and transitioned into their current planes, the F-18E Hornet, in 2008.  The set is designed for either the Hasegawa or Revell F-18E single-seat Hornet and represent the planes on their 2012 cruise.

The set comes in the superb Twobobs format with a full color sheet showing the beautiful CAG configuration with black tail and spine, as well as one line plane in grey. Both side, top, and bottom views are provided. There is a list of kits and aftermarket to add for those wanting a little resin and photo etch with their decals. The back also includes all the necessary color callouts for the planes. There are also some shots of the actual planes. Last, but not least, there are two decals sheets covering both the colorful CAG markings and the gray markings. Printing is superb and there are all the needed special markings as well as warnings needed for one plane.

VAQ-130 "Zappin' Growlers" EA-18G Decals

Published: July 12th, 2012     
VAQ-130 "Zappin' Growlers" EA-18G Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Bob Sanchez and Twobobs continue their excellent new releases with a set for the EA-18 Growler. This set covers Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130), also known as the "Zappers" and based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Currently part of Carrier Air Wing 3, the Zappers deploy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). VAQ-130 is the oldest electronic warfare squadron in the U.S. Navy.

This set covers two planes, the CAG plane with black tail and spine with a green dragon breathing lightning bolts, and a line plane in all gray with the same markings. This kits listed are for Revell and Hasegawa F-18F with the Steel Beach conversions. I would suggest that the Hasegawa Growler release may be your best choice and it was reviewed here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ea-18g-growler.

Netherland Navy Tracker and Oxford Decals

Published: July 5th, 2012     
Netherland Navy Tracker and Oxford Decals
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dutch Decal

Dutch Decal has released this decal sheet in 1/48 scale to coincide with their excellent book on the Grumman Tracker used by the Royal Netherlands Navy. The sheet also gives modelers a chance to do something a little different with their Kinetic S-2 kit. There is also an option provided on the sheet for a single Airspeed Oxford, which the Royal Netherlands Navy used in 1947. Special Hobby has recently released a kit of the Oxford in 1/48, so now I suppose I will have to buy one of those.

Early Dutch Insignia and Serials Decals

Published: June 15th, 2012     
Early Dutch Insignia and Serials Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Decal

This 1/72 set from Dutch Decals comprises 2 sheets of silkscreen decals and a folded instruction sheet covering aircraft using the early Dutch insignia.

Each decal sheet measures a little less than 6”x8 1/2”.  The first sheet has letters, numbers (in a unique font) in both black and white, as well as serial numbers, data plates, and some rooster decals for use on both camouflaged and silver-doped aircraft.  The second is entirely covered with the orange ‘meatball’ insignia of the early Dutch Air Force.  Different sized roundels are provided, both with and without a white surround.

Decals for RCAF Sunderlands in Coastal Command

Published: June 11th, 2012     
Decals for RCAF Sunderlands in Coastal Command
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology has re-released their Sunderland decals in 1/48 as “Updated and Expanded.” This package contains a single standard size decal sheet with markings for three aircraft and national markings for one.

All three aircraft are Sunderland GR.III models and are as follows:

  1. EK591:  Aircraft 2*U of 422 Squadron RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland early-mid 1944
  2. DD859:  Aircraft 3*G of 423 Squadron RCAF, RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland August 1943
  3. ML825: Aircraft AB*D of 423 Squadron RCAF, RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland September 1944

Included with the decals is a very well done, four-page set of directions which includes the decal placement guide, color callouts, and some historical data for each aircraft included. All three of the aircraft included with this decal sheet are responsible for sinking German U-Boats in WWII.

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