Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Type 97 Fighters Part 2

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 2
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (code-named “Nate” by the Allies). The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft from the Japanese Army. The set includes color side views of all six aircraft illustrating the left side markings of each aircraft and overhead views showing the wing markings of the various aircraft. One of the aircraft features a cool scalloped black tail that also covers the horizontal stabilizers and Lifelike includes a paper template that you can use to make masks for the tail of this aircraft.

Type 97 Fighters Part 3

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies).  The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft from the Japanese Army.  The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating left side markings and overhead views showing the wing markings of the various aircraft.

Six of the aircraft are overall light grey and one is dark green over light grey.  Each aircraft has very distinctive markings that will provide you with an interesting choice of which to use. As with the first two sheets, the aircraft depicted are from a wide variety of units and several are directly associated with specific pilots as noted in the instructions.  Inside the instructions, Lifelike provides a summary description of each aircraft, including any particular pilot that the aircraft was associated with.  The descriptions also include references to published photographs of the aircraft and as with the first two sheets, there is a listing of the materials referenced at the end of the descriptions. 

Type 97 Fighters Part 1

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the first of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies).  The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft, six from the Japanese Army, and one from the Manchurian Air Force.  The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating the left side markings, and overhead views showing the wing markings.

All of the aircraft are overall light grey with very interesting and colorful markings for aircraft from a wide variety of units.  Inside the directions Lifelike provides a summary description of each aircraft, including any particular pilot that the aircraft was associated with.  The descriptions also include references to published photographs of the aircraft and there is a summary listing of the references used at the end of the descriptions.  A nice touch for some of the special markings is an explanation of what the markings meant to the Japanese pilots.

The Intruders Sandbox

Published: September 10th, 2015     
The Intruders Sandbox
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals continues their releases for Trumpeters 1/32 A-6 and in this the A-6E version. The decals included cover all three squadrons from the Operation Prairie Fire (March 1986) and Dorado Canyon (April 1986) missions in Libya, and also two squadrons from Desert Storm from Jan. to Feb. 1991.

The markings included are:

  • 1 option for VA-34 Blue Blasters, USS America, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 1 option for VA-55 Warhorses, USS Coral Sea, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 1 option for VA-85 Black Falcons, USS Saratoga, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 2 options for VA-35 Black Panthers, USS Saratoga, Operation Desert Storm (1991)
  • 2 options for VMA(AW)-533 Hawks, Sheikh Isa Air Base (Bahrain), Operation Desert Storm (1991)

Decals also included for crew helmets, fuel tanks, ejection seats, VA-35 MERs, & VA-55 ordnance special markings. Stencils are not included. The markings are beautifully printed and done by Cartograf.

Intruders from the Beach

Published: September 4th, 2015