Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

The Dogs of War - USA/USAF/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: February 28th, 2016     
The Dogs of War - USA/USAF/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: AOA Decals

When you mention the Vietnam Air War, most people think of the F-4 Phantom or the F-105 Thunderchief, not some slow-moving, single-piston-engined airplane like the O-1 Bird Dog. But this little airplane played a pivotal role in close air support role over South Vietnam. The Model USA kit has been out for some time, but the markings options have been limited until now. Thanks to AOA Decals we now have plenty of marking options.

The Dogs of War O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: February 28th, 2016     
The Dogs of War O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1:72
Company: AOA Decals

This is the fifth set of 1/72 decals from AOA Decals and the second set that I am reviewing. The decals look very nice, clear, and in-register. They are printed by Cartigraf of Italy and work very well. I was very impressed with the ease and smoothness with which they were able to be applied. They came off the sheet well and I was able to move them into place once I got them on. They reacted well with Microset and Microsol making the decals appear as if they were painted 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. 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.

The options included in this set are:

Mosquito Airframe Stencil/Data Series

Published: January 31st, 2016     
Mosquito Airframe Stencil/Data Series
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/24
Company: Aviaeology

Please note that Aviaeology has a website that is currently under revision. Aviaeology requests that purchases be made through their eBay store.

For those who have purchased decals from Aviaeology before, you are already aware of the high quality of their products, and you are also aware of the excellent documentation that Aviaeology provides to its customers.

RCAF Mosquitoes-Canadians in Fighter Command, #1

Published: January 31st, 2016     
RCAF Mosquitoes-Canadians in Fighter Command, #1
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:24
Company: Aviaeology

Please note that Aviaeology has a website that is currently under revision. Aviaeology requests that purchases be made through their eBay store.

For those who have purchased decals from Aviaeology before, you are already aware of the high quality of their products, and you are also aware of the excellent documentation that Aviaeology provides to its customers.

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.