Reviews of scale model decal sets.

P-47D Decals Part 8

Published: January 4th, 2016     
P-47D Decals Part 8
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike produces excellent decals and, specifically, excellent coverage of the “Jug”. This particular item is Part 8 in the Lifelike coverage of markings for 1/48th P-47s. The other P-47 sheets are 48-045, 48-024, 48-014, 48-011, 48-010, 48-009, and the original 48-008. Clearly, if you are building a bubble top or razorback P-47D, Lifelike has you covered.

This sheet of decals provides markings and stencils for three aircraft. I chose to use the decals for the aircraft flown by Capt. Charles H. Anderson, 335th FS/4th Fighter Group. The nose art features “Hell’s Belle”. Markings are provided for the aircraft of Maj. Charles F. Matheson, 394th FS/367th FG and Capt. Marvin E. Grant, 342nd FS/348th Fighter Group.

Three “instruction” sheets are included in the product package. One instruction sheet features a full color profile of the aircraft accompanied by a short paragraph relating the history behind the aircraft and pilot. This sheet also shows the placement of the nose art, fuselage markings and the tail code.

Typhoon Mk.Ib Early (May 1942 to January 1945) National Markings

Published: December 21st, 2015     
Typhoon Mk.Ib Early (May 1942 to January 1945) National Markings
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

The Hawker Typhoon

The Hawker Typhoon was designed as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane, and was intended to be a medium to high altitude interceptor, However, several design problems did not permit the Typhoon to meet this requirement. Initially the Typhoon Mk Ia was fitted with twelve .303 calibre machine guns, while the later version, the Mk. Ib, was fitted with four 20 mm Hispano Mk. II cannons.

Decal Sheet Contents

The subject of this review is a decal sheet that is 2 3/4" wide by 4" long, and includes national markings for one aircraft. Two sets of top wing insignia are included, along with the fuselage side and underwing markings, as well as the fin flash.

P-47 Decals Part 7

Published: December 19th, 2015     
P-47  Decals Part 7
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 7th installment in a series of P-47s. The A/C you get are

  • P-47D-11RE, 42-75429, “Eileen” Razorback, on Olive Drab, Neutral gray, with D-Day bands in the lower fuselage and translucent bands on the lower wings.
  • P-47D-28RA, 42-28878, “Eileen” Bubbletop, on RAF Dark Green and either RAF Sky or RAF Sky Gray for lower surfaces. D-Day bands on the lower fuselage and black rudder.
  • P-47D-30-RA, 44-33219, “Always Marge” on a natural metal finish with Olive Drab antiglare panel extending behind the canopy. Cowl flaps and rudder trim tab in white/blue squadron colors were typical of occupation forces after VE-Day in Germany.

You are provided with squadron codes and fuselage art for all three A/C. However you only have enough nose checkers and stencils for a single A/C. However this is not a big problem as you can use the stencils from the decal sheet in the original boxing and/or the nose-checkers from the Tamiya P-47 Bubbletop boxing. Hence with a bit of creativity you can actually model all 3 airplanes in this sheet.

Black Ponies and More Broncos

Published: December 5th, 2015     
Black Ponies and More Broncos
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

This is the third set of 1/72 decals from AOA Decals. The decals are printed by Cartigraf of Italy, look very nice, are clear, in register, and work very well. These decals are spaced very close together so use a really good pair of decal scissors so you don’t accidentally cut the one next to it.

The first test for decals, that I use, is to apply the walkway markings because they are long and straight. If they are really long you can cut them apart and mate them up again but that wasn’t needed here. These went on properly with no problem at all. I was very impressed with the ease and smoothness with which they could be applied. They came off the sheet well and I was able to move them into place once I got them on.

There also needs to be a special note about their instruction sheets. There were eight 8-1/2 x 11 sheets detailing everything you would want to know to build one of these options. The profiles were in color and easy to understand. They even go farther by giving you the weapons load out for VAL-4. You can tell that a lot of work and research went into this. It’s really nice to see a company put this much care into a product.

USN F-14A/B/D Tomcat Grim Reapers VF-101

Published: November 14th, 2015     
USN F-14A/B/D Tomcat Grim Reapers VF-101
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/32
Company: DXM Decals

About the Company

DXM which stands for Double Excellent Models was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in