Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Electric Intruders- EA-6A in USN & USMC Service

Published: July 19th, 2014     
Electric Intruders- EA-6A in USN & USMC Service
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball (Geoff Martin) has been producing some awesome decals and with this latest release, he addresses a venerable kit, Revell's EA-6A Electric Intruder. As a quick background, before the four seat EA-6B came into service to jam all those enemy radars, the Marines ordered 27 of the EA-6A Electric Intruders.  They look like Intruders with Prowler tails! Revell's kit has been out a while but still can be built into a beauty and Furball has given us 11 superb schemes to dress the kit up.

As with most Furball sets, you get five large color pages- a cover sheet, side profile sheets of all 11 jets, a sheet of wing marking locations and one sheet showing the stencils provided. All sheets have color call outs with the needed FS numbers. There is one large decal sheet with markings and stencils and one small sheet with wing walks and color for the arrestor hook. The decals have perfect register and are printed by Cartograph.

The decals provided are for the following planes:

White Knights - T-38A/AT-38B

Published: July 9th, 2014     
White Knights - T-38A/AT-38B
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Wolfpack issued their 1/48 T-38 kit to nice reviews, and Furball Aero-Designs has issued a sheet of 11 mostly-white Talons. Included are 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheets in color with profiles of the planes as well as color call outs and decal placements. The last side has stencil placements with top and bottom shots. The decal sheet is the same size and is beautifully printed by Cartograph. Included are the stencils and marking for two aircraft.

The markings included are all USAF and are:

Korean War MiG-15s

Published: July 1st, 2014     
Korean War MiG-15s
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

The latest 1/48 scale decal set available from Iliad Design provides markings for seven different Korean War-era MiG-15s. The instruction sheet clearly shows six aircraft, but modelers do have the option of doing a seventh (I’ll explain below). Markings are included for four (or five) natural metal and two camouflaged aircraft flown by North Korean, Chinese and Russian pilots. Note that unlike some aftermarket decal companies that provide a variety of unique markings for different aircraft but only one set of national markings, Iliad includes enough national insignias to do all of the aircraft on this sheet. This makes Iliad Design’s modest retail price a real bargain.

The options are:

8th Air Force THUNDERBOLTS Part 2

Published: June 27th, 2014     
8th Air Force THUNDERBOLTS Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian company that has added three more 1:72 scale Republic P-47D decal sets to their growing line.  Set # LPM72-15 provides markings for three Razorback Thunderbolts of the 8th Air Force.  The set includes three small decal sheets that provide all of the unique markings for the three aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data to do all three.

As the photos below illustrate, the decals are nicely printed in vivid, opaque colors by Microscale and everything is well registered.  They are printed on thin film and, like other Microscale decals, should respond well to mild setting solutions such as Mr. Mark Softer.  It is recommend that the decals be applied by ‘floating’ them in place with enough water to keep them from bonding to the surface before they are properly positioned…then gently blotted when they are in place.  

The three aircraft are:

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 1

Published: June 25th, 2014     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian company that has released three new 1:72 scale P-51D decal sets.  One of the latest, set #LPM 72-12, provides decals to finish three different Mustangs from the 357FG that received field-applied camouflage while based in the UK during 1944.  Because of this, there is evidence the paints that were used were sourced from British stocks, making these aircraft appear more unique than other USAAF aircraft that were delivered in standard Olive Green over Neutral Gray.  That instructions include that information with recommended RAF colors (or ‘colours’ as the case may be).

The set includes a rather small decal sheet that includes all of the unique markings for each aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data for one aircraft.  Therefore, it will be necessary to use national insignia and data markings from kit decals sheets to finish more than one 357FG aircraft from this set.

F-4C/D Air National Guard Part 3

Published: June 17th, 2014     
F-4C/D Air National Guard Part 3
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is an Austin, Texas based firm that offers high-quality decals and detail parts for scale modelers. Their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from post-World War II to the present. I have purchased several of their decals sets on my own, and their offerings are typically well-researched and interesting subjects not usually addressed by other manufacturers.  The usual 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales are well represented.  Shipping/mailing to US customers is free.  If there is a subject that is not currently covered you would like to see done, visit their website at www.caracalmodels.com, and drop them a line via email or snail mail, and while you’re there, sign up for their email list to be notified of new issues.  Ordering can be done on site via Paypal, or through various on line hobby suppliers and select local hobby shops.  Those of us in Texas cough up an additional 8.25% for maintaining the Republic.

This particular sheet is a continuation of Caracal’s Air National Guard F-4 Phantom II series.  The options on this decal sheet are:

Messerschmitt Me109 Part 4

Published: June 17th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me109 Part 4
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

I like the way Lifelike does their decals.  They pick a type of aircraft and give you markings for several variants of that aircraft, rather than four or six of one type.  This sheet contains markings for four Me109s.  They are an Me109G-6/AS from 10 (N) Moskito/JG300, a high-altitude version with a yellow comet on the nose, a Bf109E-3 flown by Oblt. Hasselmann, the Geschwader Adjutant of JG26, an Me109G-2/Trop belonging to Heinz Bär when he was Kommodor of I/JG77, and an Me109G-5/AS of Maj. Günther Specht, Kommodor of II/JG11.

The instruction sheet is in full color, with side views of the aircraft showing the camouflage and decal placement.  The decals are thin, in register, with what seems to be accurate colors. 

So, as you can see, one sheet gives four fairly widely varied versions of the 109 with four different kinds of markings.  No waste here.  Recommended.

My thanks go to Lifelike Decals for providing the sheet and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

Messerschmitt Me109 Part 3

Published: June 17th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me109 Part 3
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

I like the way Lifelike does their decals.  They pick a type of aircraft and give you markings for several variants of that aircraft, rather than four or six of one type.  Personally, I don’t think I’ll be doing four Bf109E-1s, but I might do an E-1, an F-2, a G-6, and a G-6/R2.  That’s what’s on this sheet.  You get markings for four different variants of the Bf109 (or Me109, depending on when).  The Bf109E-1 is from 2/JG77 with a yellow lightning bolt on the side of the fuselage.  The Me109F-2 is Oblt. Hans Philipp from 4/JG54 with a prominent green and grey camo sprayed on the fuselage sides.  The Me109G6 is flown by Uffz. A. Kellmayer of 7/JG52, an aircraft that previously belonged to Eric Hartmann.  The last aircraft is an Me109G-6/R2 with an oversprayed grey and dark green camouflage from I/JG300.  This one is a reconnaissance version.

The instruction sheet is in full color, with side views of the aircraft showing the camouflage and decal placement.  The decals are thin, in register, with what seems to be accurate colors. 

USAF T-38A Talon - Part 2

Published: June 7th, 2014     
USAF T-38A Talon - Part 2
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

First off, I would like to thank both Caracal Models and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these decals.

Caracal Models has released their second set of decals for the Wolfpack 1/48 T-38A Talon. As you will see in my review for the Trumpeter T-38A, they can also be used on Trumpeter’s version with no modification. This sheet of decals includes nine separate options for the T-38A Talon.

Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 3)

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 3)
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

This is one of four P-51 decal sheets produced by a new decal maker, A.M.D.G. Decals. A.M.D.G. seems to be one of those companies “by and for” modelers. If you have a look at the company website, you will find their philosophy on the “About Us” page. They seem to have a very enthusiastic and passionate approach to this, and this decal sheet does a great job of demonstrating it!

This sheet has complete markings (including four sets of national insignia and propeller data stencils) for all of the aircraft depicted. There are three UK-based subjects and one based in China. The amount of research done for these four schemes is readily apparent after reading the instructions.

Markings provided are for the following Mustangs:

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