Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-5E/F Canopy Frame Decals

Published: July 10th, 2016     
F-5E/F Canopy Frame Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

New on the scene, at least to this modeler, is the availability of canopy frame decals for modern jet aircraft. Close examination of many modern jet canopies and windscreen reveals a thin line between the clear and the subjects primary paint color. Often times a model omits replicating that detail, and occasionally modelers will attempt to replicate with paint or colored decal strips.

Furball brings a simpler, yet more elegant solution:

Purpose-fit decals to replicate those thin lines. Picking up where canopy masks leave off, the Furball canopy frame decals provide a precise, crisp, easy-to-use solution. Furball Aero-Design delivers well with its 1/48 set designed for AFV Club’s F-5E/F Tiger II kits.

F-15C Fresno Repo Eagles

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-15C Fresno Repo Eagles
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Designed to fulfill the US Air Force’s 1968 requirement for a lightweight air superiority fighter, the F-15 Eagle has arguably been the most successful and dominant air-to-air fighter since its entry into operational service in 1975. Even after over 40 years of exceptional performance and the emergence of the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 is expected to remain in service well into the 21st Century.

In recent years, F-15C’s have served as aggressor aircraft in dissimilar air combat training at Nellis AFB, NV. With size and performance comparable to Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft, F-15’s painted in Russian color schemes and employing Russian combat tactics have been a familiar training foe for hundreds of allied pilots. Recently the 65th Aggressor squadron was inactivated, and its F-15 aircraft were transferred to various USAF Air National Guard (ANG) squadrons. One recipient unit was 144th Fighter Wing of the California ANG, replacing their F-16Cs. Several of these aircraft carried the aggressor paint scheme, which will be replaced by the traditional Mod Eagle scheme during the next scheduled depot maintenance cycle.

F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1:72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Developed in the 1970’s and first fielded in the early 1980’s as the US Air Force’s lightweight multi-role fighter-bomber to replace the F-4 Phantom and A-7D Corsair II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon established itself as one of the most capable, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft in US Air Force history. One of the specialized roles the F-16C inherited from the F-4 was that of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) - in Air Force parlance known as “Wild Weasel.” F-16C Block 50 and 52 aircraft equipped as Wild Weasels began production in 1991, and still serve as USAF’s primary SEAD platform. Since the inception of the Weasel mission in 1965, the unofficial motto of Weasel crews has been “You Gotta Be S(poofin’) Me” (the polite version), or just “YGBSM.”

Stearman PT-17 Decals

Published: May 27th, 2016     
Stearman PT-17 Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

I’m a sucker for oddities and non-standard schemes when it comes to finishing my model aircraft. I saw the Iliad designs offering for Stearman PT-17 airframes and thought this is the set for me. I was pleasantly surprised to see Iliad design proved a full set of five decal options.  So you have five kits in your stash?  You’re covered in this one set.  Along with a very nice color representation of the each aircraft scheme Iliad Design goes the extra mile to describe any non-standard colors or more specifically non-stand color shades. Each scheme as one would expect come with a short description of each aircraft.

Loach-Low Level Scouts

Published: May 24th, 2016     
Loach-Low Level Scouts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:35
Company: AOA Decals

The Loach, tiny, maneuverable and deadly to the enemy. This little helicopter was loved by its pilots, crew and maintainers. The mission was deadly serious and many helicopters never made it to their first maintenance inspection.

This sheet from AOA is a welcome addition for the Dragon/Italeri kit and the anticipated Kitty Hawk Loach. Having only flown in this legendary helicopter once with a Vietnam hero, Hugh Mills, I can say that this sheet is awesome. While Hugh Mills and the Dark Horse aircraft have been done a lot for their colorful sharkmouths it is refreshing to see some new markings. Vietnam aircraft sported some colorful markings and until recently they have gone unnoticed. Thanks to AOA that is no longer the case.