Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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.

US 500 Lb. Bombs

Published: November 6th, 2014     
US 500 Lb. Bombs
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The kit includes six resin bombs, resin tailfins, photoetch for the nose fuse and rear arming vanes, 1 decal sheet, and instructions.

I compared the Brassin bomb to a 500 lb. bomb from Revell’s B-17F Memphis Belle. The two bombs are very close in size and shape, however the Brassin bomb has much thinner tail fins and greater detail with the flanges on each of the fins. The nose fuse on the Brassin bomb has a more accurate projection, and the suspension lugs have nice definition. The Revell bomb only includes a slot for attachment without the suspension lugs. The rear arming vanes on the Brassin bomb are obviously much greater detail, as they are not included with the Revell bomb. The Brassin bomb has only very slight mold seams, which are easily corrected, compared to the larger glue joint and sprue attachments on the Revell bomb that need more extensive cleanup.

MiG-29 Russian Stencils

Published: October 27th, 2014     
MiG-29 Russian Stencils
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 48111
Scale: 1/48
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models (HungAeroDecals) is a new company, at least to me. Printed in Hungary, HAD Models brings us a sheet of stencils for the ubiquitous MiG-29. Although the sheet is small in size (6.5ʺ x 4.75ʺ) it is packed with decals; 136 to be exact. The decals are well printed, in register, and easy to read, even in 1/48 scale, with the aid of my Optivisor.

The decals comes with two foldouts that show the plane in profile from both sides with large call out numbers to aid in placing the many stencils on your model. The second sheet features the same clear placement guide for the top and bottom of the plane. Additionally, the second sheet provides placement instructions for the stencils that appear on the assorted missile rails your MiG might carry. Some color pictures are provided of an actual MiG in service with placement callouts on these as well.

F-101 A/C Voodoo

Published: October 25th, 2014     
F-101 A/C Voodoo
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models continues its prodigious releases of superb decals with a Kittyhawk Models F-101 Voodoo. The decal set includes a large sheet with markings for four planes and stencils for one plane. The smaller second sheet is the needed stars and bars and a smaller yet third sheet has the corrected FB numbers for the bottom of the plane. The decals are perfectly printed by Cartograf and in register. Also included are beautifully printed full color instructions. If you have never used a Caracal sheet, this is one of their specialties in that each kit has a profile and shows much needed information to make sure they are placed correctly along with color call outs and tips on getting it just right! An example on these sheets the instructions for the fuel stencils being on one side only.

The sheet features markings for 4 different early Voodoos.

USMC Intruders A-6A/E

Published: October 8th, 2014     
USMC Intruders A-6A/E
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero-Design has been producing some awesome decals since being founded in 2012. With this latest release they addresses a somewhat new and popular kit, the HobbyBoss 1/48 scale A-6 Intruder. A little about the aircraft, the Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American mid-wing, all-weather attack aircraft powered by twin jet engines and built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Furball has given you the option to build two complete USMC examples from a selection of 13 marking schemes.