Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part III

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part III
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero Designs continues its fine efforts to bring modern, current plane markings to the masses with their latest release, Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part II. This set includes six markings for the F/A-18E Super Hornet and one for the F/A-18F. The set is printed by Cartograf and is in perfect register.

The markings included are for the following air frames:

Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals

Published: April 17th, 2016     
Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Applications

Airscale, as usual is a leader in making cockpit enhancing products and this is a new product to their line. Finally the modern cockpit has been addressed with these decals allowing a modeler to get just the right look of warning markings and dataplates. Trying to paint the cross hatch lines of two colors is extremely difficult and these decals make it easy to do so. There are also tri-color (black/white/yellow) markings in the selection. In addition to the striped markings, dataplates for the sidewalls and for ejection seats are also provided. There is a little surprise and a real bonus in this set, a legend giving the name of each placard and warning type.

Conclusion

This may be the latest release but I am sure there will be some new decals that will be released in the near future that will greatly expand their already wide range of instrument subjects. Now modelers can get the tedious markings done as well as increase the fidelity of any modern cockpit.

Many thanks to Airscale for providing this decal set to IPMS for review.

Modern Cockpit Instrument Decals

Published: April 17th, 2016     
Modern Cockpit Instrument Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Applications

Airscale, as usual is a leader in making cockpit enhancing products and this is a new product to their line. Finally the modern cockpit has been addressed with these decals allowing a modeler to get just the right look of electronic flight displays and round instruments. Included on the electronic displays are the bezel buttons surrounding the bezel. The modelers would have to remove any raised buttons if retaining this portion or simply cut the display portion out and paint the buttons.

There is a little surprise and a real bonus in this set, a legend giving the name of each instrument type. Usually if you look close enough you can guess here but this is taken care of with this nice feature.

Conclusion

This may be the latest release but I am sure there will be some new decals that will be released in the near future that will greatly expand their already wide range of instrument subjects. Now modelers can find instruments starting at WWI all the way to the latest aircraft.

Many thanks to Airscale for providing this decal set to IPMS-USA for review.

Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals

Published: April 14th, 2016     
Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Thank you Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements for sending these excellent decals for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am honored to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements’ tagline is “High resolution cockpit detailing for aircraft modellers” and this decal sheet is an excellent example of their philosophy. A compact 3 1/16 x 2 1/8 inch (54 x 80 mm) sheet is richly populated with a wide variety of high-resolution modern jet aircraft data plates and warnings. All decals have minimal carrier film.

F-14 Walkways

Published: April 13th, 2016     
F-14 Walkways
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you Furball Aero-Design for sending these excellent decals for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am honored to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

Six F-14 sets of over-the-intake walkways are provided on a 4 x 4 ¼ inch (100 x 110 mm) sheet. The decals have minimal carrier film. There are two sets in each of three colors: black, dark gull gray, and engine gray. Decal opacity is excellent. Test decals worked very well with Microscale solutions and plain water. The decals are thin and durable, snugging down nicely without coaxing. I did not try stronger solutions like Solvaset, but I do not believe that such solutions would be needed. In short, these simple decals work, and work well.

I highly recommend these decals as effective way of getting those highly visible walkways looking good on a Tomcat. Thanks again to Furball Aero-Design for sending this decal sheet for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, it is a much appreciated privilege.