Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary

Published: December 11th, 2014     
Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Twobobs Aviation Graphics have released a Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary decal set for the 1/48 scale Revell Eurofighter Typhoon. This decal set includes three sheets with markings for a single Typhoon (ZK308) in Royal Air Force service. The scheme features special markings honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, including prominent black-and-white invasion stripes.

The instruction sheet is printed in full color and includes callouts for Testors Model Master, Humbrol, Gunze, and Xtracrylics paints, plus the Federal Standard (FS) color numbers.

The sheets are printed by Microscale and seem to be of high quality, with thin and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and they have very little transparent carrier film around them, thus minimizing the chances for silvering. They are in perfect register. The sheets include full stenciling and the D-Day invasion stripe bands.

I would highly recommend this sheet if you’re looking to build a Typhoon in a very unique scheme. TwoBobs also offers decals for this scheme in 1/72 and 1/32 scales.

I would like to thank TwoBobs and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Brazilian Navy AF-1 (A-4M) Skyhawk "15 Years"

Published: December 10th, 2014     
Brazilian Navy AF-1 (A-4M) Skyhawk "15 Years"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a decal sheet for the 1/48 Hasegawa A-4M. This decal set includes three sheets with markings for two airframes in Brazilian Navy service. One option is a special scheme to celebrate the Skyhawk’s 15 years of service in the Brazilian Navy. The sheet provides the full markings and enough stencils to build both of the two options:

  • Brazilian Navy, N-1004 (Special Scheme)
  • Brazilian Navy, N-1017

As the AF-1s are former Kuwaiti A-4KUs, the instruction sheet describes how to convert the standard A-4M or A-4KU kits into the AF-1. In most cases, the conversion process is just using alternate parts already provided with the kit.

Having built a few A-4s myself, I’ve always struggled with any decal that has to be applied over the refueling probe. Caracal has created an excellent solution for this problem in the design of this sheet. The sheet indicates where to cut the surrounding decal, which you then place above and below the probe. Finally, the sheet provides you with an extra decal that you wrap around the probe itself to complete the look. Simple and easy!

Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary Decals

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Typhoon D-Day 70th Anniversary Decals
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/72 & 1/32
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

“To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings, the Royal Air Force (RAF) unveiled a specially-painted Typhoon jet with D-Day invasion stripes at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.  The Typhoon has been adorned with the iconic black and white invasion markings in a tribute to the significant role of the crews of the Hawker Typhoon, its WWII namesake – particularly during D-Day operations.  Technicians painted the jet, tail number ZK308, in April 2014, so that it could be ready to take part in UK-wide air shows this summer.  The aircraft also completed a dual flypast with a similarly adorned Spitfire, part of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.”

Two Bobs has created a superlative decal sheet to commemorate this event in both 1/72nd and 1/32nd scale, all in one package.  The decals come on a five inch by eight inch sheet and a smaller two inch sheet, supplemented by a lovely full-color double-sided instruction sheet showing full placement details.  It also provides a nice color guide for the painting of the aircraft itself.

Beaufighter (Part 1) Airframe Stencil/Data Markings

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Beaufighter (Part 1) Airframe Stencil/Data Markings
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aviaeology

Please note that Aviaeology has a website that is currently under revision. Aviaeology requests that purchases be made thru 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.

Mi-24V Hind Decals

Published: December 4th, 2014     
Mi-24V Hind Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: HAD Models

As a Cobra pilot on the border in Germany during the cold war, the Mi-24 Hind was the boogieman.  It is one big ugly and deadly helicopter.  I’ve always wanted to fly one.

The Hind has sported some very colorful paint schemes, especially since the end of the cold war.  Big and ugly can become somewhat beautiful when you put a nice paint scheme on them they become less ugly, kind of like putting lipstick on a pig. 

The latest offering from the Hungarian company, HungAeroDecals, covers four Mi-24V Hinds in Hungarian service.  The decals are printed on a 2 ½ x 4 7/8 (6.5 x 12.5cm) printed by BOA Agency so you know they are very thin, opaque and react well with setting solutions.  Just make sure that you use plenty of water to slide them on.  The instructions are on a single sheet of A4 paper with full color side view drawings of both sides of the four aircraft.  Other than notes on the countries of the aircraft there is no other information on these aircraft or units.

Werner’s Wings Night Stalkers Part 2 – GOTHIC SERPENT to Present

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Werner’s Wings Night Stalkers Part 2 – GOTHIC SERPENT to Present
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72, 1/48 1/35
Company: Werners Wings

Werner’s Wings is a Baltimore, MD based firm that offers decals and resin detail parts for scale modelers. Floyd Werner has been around scale modeling for many years, and is one of the hobby’s leading authorities on US Army rotary wing aircraft (not just through modeling, but from years of very personal experience!), and WWII Luftwaffe fighters.  A quick search of the IPMS Review or other modeling-related sites will yield plenty of background on his considerable modeling skills and knowledge.

Floyd’s passion for modeling modern rotary aircraft subjects is evident in this latest decal release of Night Stalkers, Part II - Gothic Serpents to present.  The subjects of these sets continue Werner’s Wings documenting the history of the 160th SOAR.  This set picks up at the Gothic Serpent operation in Somalia, and includes 20 examples from then, up to the current time.    Markings are included for four A/MH-6 “Little Birds”, nine MH-60 Blackhawks and seven MH-47 Chinooks as follows:

USAAC P-6E Decal Sheet #1

Published: November 30th, 2014     
USAAC P-6E Decal Sheet #1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow Wings has been producing superb decals for the time frame 1930 to 1941 for a while now. They are well researched and well printed and they specialize in very bright and exciting schemes.

This set is specifically designed for the Lindberg kit and contains two options for the United States Army Air Corps.

  • Curtiss P-6E, 32-277 94th Pursuit  Squadron, Selfridge Filed, MI, 1930
  • Curtiss P-6E, 33rd Pursuit Squadron, Virginia Beach Summer Camp, 1934

Their are decals to represent both planes and are perfectly in register and very colorful. One is blue/yellow and the other is olive drab/yellow. Included in the instructions are full color views of the planes with specifications for the plane, antennae placement and location of the decals. Another sheet defines the colors with references to several brands of paint and a history on the other side with color history also.

This set is superb and is printed by Microscale so their decal system will work well. It is really nice to see decal sheets issued for some of these older kits and especially in this era. Highly recommended.

Seversky P-35 1937-41 Decals

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Seversky P-35 1937-41 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

The Hobbycraft P-35 is an under rated kit. It builds well and looks the part. Yellow Wings comes to help with this excellent decal sheet representing three different markings. In the package, you get a well printed Microscale decals sheet with the three options, a full color sheet detailing the location of the decals for each option which includes performance specifications and other information and lastly, an instruction sheet for placing the decals, painting, explanation of command bands as well as recommended paints. It is a total package.

The three markings represented are:

  • Seversky P-35, 17th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Selfridge Field 1937
  • Seversky P-35, 94th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Selfridge Field 1937
  • Seversky P-35, 24th Pursuit Group, Philippines', November 1941

The Selfridge Field markings are natural metal with colorful markings while the Philippine markings are olive drab/neutral gray.

These decal are highly recommended and will really dress up your Hobbycraft kit. My thanks to Wayne Tevlin and Yellow Wings for the chance to review these decals.

USMC SNJ-3 1942 Decals

Published: November 30th, 2014     
USMC SNJ-3 1942 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

Monograms' AT-6/SNJ kit has been around for quite a while. The plane trained many flyers and was used for many years with some still being flyable to this day.  Yellow Wings, who specializes in decals for planes between 1930 and 1942 has come out with a new set for USMC SNJ-3's from 1942.

Included in the package are two complete decals sheets with markings, color bands and insignia for two aircraft. They are printed by Microscale and have great color and register. Wing Walks are also included for both aircraft. Next is a full color sheet showing the color and markings along with aircraft performance. Lastly, there is the info sheet detailing the history, band information, prop color info and more along with a guide to specific paints.

The planes represents on this sheets are:

  • USMC SNJ-3, 1st marine Air Wing, Gunnery Trainer, Quantico, VA 1942
  • USMC SNJ-3 Instrument Trainer, NAS San Diego, VMD-25 Photo unit 1942

Fuselage colors vary from polished aluminum on the photo plane to blue/gray on the gunnery trainer.

Eight Gun Melody (Part II) – Republic P-47D Thunderbolts

Published: November 16th, 2014     
Eight Gun Melody (Part II) – Republic P-47D Thunderbolts
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

The second Republic P-47D Thunderbolt decal set recently released by A.M.D.G. Decals is #A48-006.  It provides markings for one Razorback and three Bubbletop P-47Ds from four different fighter groups flying in the European theater.   If a Thunderbolt is not already on your bucket list, this set may force you to reconsider the omission. As a matter of fact, it may motivate you to pencil in more than one P-47 project because all four schemes are very tempting candidates, and this set provides everything needed to complete each of the tempting subjects. 

‘Everything’ in A.M.D.G. Decals’ vocabulary means ‘Everything’. There are two decal sheets in this set and they are packed with about as much as anyone could hope for (See the photo below to verify that). Bundled with the decalsheets are complete full color instructions for placing the decals, detailed painting information, kit recommendations, list of references and a separate sheet with a very comprehensive historical narrative for each aircraft and information about the pilot who flew it.