Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Phantoms Eagles & Knights-USMC F-4B Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Published: October 31st, 2017     
Phantoms Eagles & Knights-USMC F-4B Phantoms in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals focuses on the Marine Corps and the Vietnam era and for this limited release, the focus is on a 1/32nd scale sheet for a USMC F-4B Phantom from VMFA-115 Silver Eagles and VMFA-314 Black Knights focusing on the 1968-1973 time frame. The set is designed for the Tamiya 1/32nd F-4J using a "B" conversion (not included). I am aware of several B conversions on the market put out by the defunct Meteor Productions, CAM and GT Resin. GT Resins are still available from their web site (https://gtresinproducts.com). These are quite extensive conversions but build not great looking final kits.

Inside the packaging, you will find full color profiles for all eight sets of markings. All aircraft were light gull gray over white with white control surfaces. Any exceptions or additions are noted at the individual aircraft profiles. Specific marking details are also located with each profile. Lastly in the package are two large decal sheets with the needed unit and national markings both printed by Microscale. Airframe stencil data is not included in these sheets.

The eight markings included are for:

VMFA-334 Falcons: Lovebug 5 - USMC F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War & Japan

Published: October 26th, 2017     
VMFA-334 Falcons: Lovebug 5 - USMC F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War & Japan
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals continues their excellent releases focused on USN/USMC subject from the Vietnam war period with this release for the 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom and representing a specific VMFA-334 Phantom, BuNo. 5565 with a call sign of "Lovebug" (and you gotta love that). The markings represent the Lovebug in Vietnam during 1960-69 and later in Japan 1969.

One thing that always stands out with AOA decals is the depth of their research. This scheme has been issued in the past but had some issues primarily with the falcon insignias and the modex numbers which are too small on previous releases. AOA is good enough to have a picture of the Lovebug on the cover and both markings look perfect. Also, there is information on adding fuel tanks as far as which pylon and markings, walkways and color call outs.

F-5N Modern Adversaries

Published: October 26th, 2017     
F-5N Modern Adversaries
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

I've always thought the F-5 Freedom Fighter was a sexy little airplane. And with a neat paint scheme, it is even cooler. Two Bobs has dabbled into these markings with this release.

The adversaries of VFC-111 and VFC-13 sport some of the camouflage schemes that many potential adversaries would fly in.

Typical of all Two Bobs releases this one comes in a ziplock baggie of 6x9 inches. The decals themselves are printed by Microscale so you know they are thin, opaque and in register. This sheet features three aircraft, one from the Sundowners and two Fighting Saints. There are stencils for each aircraft and decals for CATM AIM-9 markings.

The instructions are printed on a double-sided 8.5x11 sheet of high-quality paper. The front side has both sides of the three aircraft. A color callout chart is included with references to Model Master, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Xtracrylics, and Mr. Paint series. The back side of the page shows the top and bottom views. The markings for the CATM Sidewinder is included.

Air National Guard C-47s

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Air National Guard C-47s
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design's latest 72nd decal sheet covers 4 Dakotas that flew with the Air National Guard

The Puerto Rican Air Guard is represented by the attractive white over aluminum scheme. This one includes the stars and bars on the fuselage as well as the National Guard badge on the tail. This scheme is from post 1961.

The other three aircraft are all in natural metal finish and date from 1947-1948. We have Virginia, Nebraska and New Mexico National Guards.

The Virginia bird has the legend "The Old Dominion" above the fuselage windows while both the Nebraskan and New Mexican ones have State markings instead of fuselage stars.

All the main markings including Stars and Bars are included.

The Albuquerque club usually has an award for the best New Mexican aircraft and this last scheme would look great on either the Airfix or Italeri kits.

Once again the decals are in register and I am looking forward to making at least one of these in the future.

Thanks to Iliad Design and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Stars in the Sky 3

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Stars in the Sky 3
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a Canadian company that not only makes decals but also offers aircraft colour charts and books.

As the name of this sheet implies, this is the third in the Stars in the Sky series. While the names might not be as recognizable as the first two sheets, the choices for the marking are very diverse.

We have two WWII bombers, a Korean War fighter and a fast jet. So who is up in this latest offering?

First up is a British Lancaster II flown by Robert Clothier, a Canadian actor. This would be a lovely option for that very nice Airfix kit.

Second is an AU-1 Corsair flown by Baseball player Jerry Coleman. Jerry flew this bird in Korea while serving with the US Marines.

Our third offering is a F-4C flown by Pop Singer Dean Paul Martin. Martin was a Captain with the California Air National Guard when he was killed flying this Phantom during a snowstorm.

A B-29 from WWII is the final offering. Tim Holt was the bombardier for this plane. He is best known for acting in Westerns.