Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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:

Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 4)

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 4)
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

This is the fourth in a quartet of 1/48 scale P-51 decal sets recently released by A.M.D.G. Decals. As I noted in my review of their first set of P-51 decals, A.M.D.G. Decals is a new company from Poland that markets these sets under the title YANKEE MERLIN ROARS!!! (Parts I – IV), and they provide everything needed in each set to finish four different aircraft. The decal sheet included in each set is packed with about as many individual decals as anyone could hope for (as shown in the photo below).

This set (Part IV - #A48-004) of YANKEE MERLIN ROARS!!! provides markings for the following:

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Published: May 22nd, 2014     
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35. This decal set includes two sheets with markings for 2 USMC, one 1 US Navy, 2 USAF and 1 RAF aircraft for a total of 6 airframes.

The options on this decal sheet are:

  • F-35B BuNo 168059, VMFAT-501, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BuNo 168718, VMFA-121, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BF-05, VX-23 Strike Test, US Navy
  • F-35B ZM137, Royal Air Force
  • F-35A 08-0746, 58th FS, USAF
  • F-35A 10-5009, USAF

They all are in the “F-35 Gray”, which seems to be FS 36170. No manufacturers have that color in their line (as of April 2014) so you are recommended to use “Dark Slate Grey” as a close alternative. The decal sheet includes airframe stencils for one aircraft.

Being a Cartograf decal sheet you know you’ll get good quality, thin and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and have very little transparent carrier film around them, minimizing the chances for silvering.

US Navy Albatross (Early Types - HU-16C & UF-1)

Published: May 21st, 2014     
US Navy Albatross (Early Types - HU-16C & UF-1)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Trumpeter Albatross SA-16A. This decal set includes three sheets with markings for a total of 6 airframes.

The options on this decal sheet are:

  • US Navy UF-1 Albatross, NAS Norfolk
  • US Navy HU-16C Albatross, NASU Naha, Japan
  • US Navy HU-16C Albatross, NASU Iwakuni, Japan
  • US Navy UF-1 Albatross, US Naval Attache to Oslo
  • US Navy UF-1 Albatross, NAS Whidbey Island
  • US Navy UF-1T Albatross, USNA - Annapolis

The selection of markings is excellent. From typical “utility” schemes, to SAR –with yellows and oranges, and even one that was used by the diplomatic corps in Norway, you will have one (or more) that you would like to use.

Being a Cartograf decal sheet you know you’ll get good quality, thin, and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and have very little transparent carrier film around them, minimizing the chances for silvering.

Yankee Merlin Roars!!! (Part 1)

Published: May 14th, 2014     
Yankee Merlin Roars!!! (Part 1)
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

I’ve heard some modelers say they can’t have too many Mustangs.  For those who believe that, there is a decal company that seems to believe it too.  A.M.D.G. Decals is a new company from Poland that is off to a great start…releasing four P-51 decal sets titled YANKEE MERLIN ROARS!!! (Parts I – IV), and they provide everything needed in each set to decal four different a/c.  When I say everything, I do mean everything.   The decal sheet included in each set is packed with about as much as anyone could hope for.  Check out the photo below to verify that.

The ‘ABOUT US’ tab on A.M.D.G Decals website provides modelers with an idea of the company’s dedication to quality, accuracy and completeness…a philosophy that is certainly reflected in their product.  But, while acknowledging in the website’s closing paragraph, like many others in the hobby A.M.D.G. Decals is ‘Modelers for modelers’, owner Michal Adamczyk says he also wants it to be recognized as a ‘fun hobby business’ and one that is committed to commemorating the real men, their planes, units and, in a word: HISTORY.   

USAF Phantom Mig Killers, Part I

Published: May 11th, 2014     
USAF Phantom Mig Killers, Part I
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Hunter Graphics, a new venture by Reid Air Publications, has released their first decal sheet, and it is devoted to F-4 Phantom airframes that are “MiG-21” killers. I should point out that all of the decal options represent versions of the airframes in the post-Vietnam era, with some of them featuring non-SEA camouflage, but still displaying the “kill” markings.  This makes the decal options more attractive and unique.

The sheet includes:

  1. F-4D 66-7554, 906TFG SEA wraparound camo "City of Fairborn" nose art 1983
  2. F-4D 66-7550, 507TFG Hill II camo 1989
  3. F-4C 63-7676, 154CW, Hawaii ANG, SEA wraparound camo, 1984
  4. F-4C 63-0589, 191FIG, Michigan ANG, ADC gray, 1979
  5. F-4C 64-0776, 142FIG, Oregon ANG, Hill II camo 1989
  6. F-4C 64-0829, 482TFW, SEA wraparound, 1982 

Options two and five are also included in 1/32 scale as a bonus. 

USAF/VNAF A-1E Skyraider

Published: April 22nd, 2014     
USAF/VNAF A-1E Skyraider
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Revell (Matchbox) A-1E molds. This sheet includes decals for seven USAF and two VNAF aircraft (for an amazing total of 9 airplanes!).

The options on this decal sheet are:

  • A-1E 132649, (Medal of Honor mission aircraft)
  • A-1E 132619, "Carolyn's Folly"
  • A-1E 135007, "Miss Pussy Galore"
  • A-1E 133919
  • A-1E 135206, "Georgia Ann"
  • A-1E 132528, "War Monger"
  • A-1E 132612
  • A-1E 132628, VNAF
  • A-1E 132503, VNAF

The first three aircraft are overall ADC Gray, while the last six are in SEA camouflage. Stenciling is provided to build one USAF aircraft. The decal sheet was printed by Cartograf in Italy.

Being a Cartograf decal sheet you know you’ll get good quality, thin and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and they have very little transparent carrier film around them minimizing the chances for silvering.

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