Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Air National Guard Mustang Decals

Published: September 24th, 2012     
Air National Guard Mustang Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a Canadian company producing books, color charts, and decals specifically geared to the modeler.  Their latest release is this decal set in 1/48 scale.

Post-war Air National Guard P-51Ds from the following four units are covered:

  • 154 FS, Arkansas National Guard
  • 110 FS, Missouri National Guard
  • 175 FS, South Dakota National Guard
  • 113 FS Indiana National Guard

All the specific markings for each aircraft are provided, but only one set of national insignia is given.  As the post-war Stars’n’Bars are easily obtainable, I am happy to see the space devoted to covering as many unique subjects as possible.

The decal quality is extremely high.  They look as though they might have been produced by MicroScale. Registration was crisp and I didn’t detect any printing issues.  I applied one decal on a testbed model and it reacted nicely to a little Microset.  You probably won’t need a stronger decal solution for these.

MiG-23 Flogger Pitot Tube

Published: September 23rd, 2012     
MiG-23 Flogger Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Background  This is the third item from this manufacturer that I have reviewed, and I am quite enthusiastic about the product line.  This particular item is meant for all MiG-23 Floggers except the MLD variant.  The MLD pitot tube (item number 48-059) is also available.

The Review Product

The parts are packaged in a small zip lock bag, stapled in a folded, heavy paper stock display hanger.  The parts are also sealed in a small envelope of clear plastic film taped to a heavy card stock stiffener inside the bag. Also included is a small set of instructions.

A small instruction sheet is also included that shows the installation.

Application

I planned to use this pitot tube on the new Trumpeter MiG-23M, Flogger B.  Installation is a simple matter of drilling out the opening in the kit nose part, applying a touch of super glue, inserting the pitot tube, and it’s ready for paint. That simple, but what an improvement over the kit pitot tube!

OPFOR Superpack – Resin and Decals

Published: September 14th, 2012     
OPFOR Superpack – Resin and Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Creators :

From Bob Sanchez at Twobobs Decals and Mike Reeves at TwoMikes Resin comes an instant classic – the IPMS/USA 2012 Nationals OPFOR Super Pack. Why list the Nationals? This item was only offered at the Nationals and sold there. A few were sent out afterward, but as of now, this item is gone, never to be released as a package again.

Let's open the tube and see what's inside. First, there is a comprehensive 24-page color book detailing the OPFOR program of Adversary and Aggressor aircraft programs, TOPGUN, and the history of the entire program. There are also full-color diagrams and painting instructions for the remainder of the contents.

First up is four resin pods including:

  • AN/ALQ-167
  • AN/ALQ-188
  • ACaP
  • ACMI Pod

These are all perfectly cast in gray resin from TwoMikes and have full-color callouts with FS numbers and complete decals. The history of the pods is also included

Next is a large A4-size decals sheet covering the 10 aircraft involved:

Ju-87B/R Stuka Decals Part II

Published: September 4th, 2012     
Ju-87B/R Stuka Decals Part II
Reviewed by: Mark A Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions has followed their earlier release of Ju-87B/R markings with a very nice set that gives you the option of three German or one Italian aircraft.

All four aircraft are from the 1941 period and finished in RLM 65 under surfaces with the RLM 70/71 upper surface splinter scheme.

F-104G Starfighter Graffiti Decals

Published: September 1st, 2012     
F-104G Starfighter Graffiti Decals
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Decal

I received the Dutch Decal sheet for the F-104G Starfighter ‘Graffiti’ KLu/RNethAF and found that it was a supplemental sheet. It only came with the graffiti and code for # D-8337 and a second aircraft that isn’t covered by as much graffiti, D-8063. The instructions state that this sheet is a supplement to sheet #72069, or you can do like I did and piece the rest out from other decal sheets. All of those extra decal sheets just come in handy sometimes.

The instruction sheet is very good and shows a 4-view drawing of the aircraft with decal placement. I went to the web site to check out sheet # 72069 because this sheet has a second option that has a small graffiti on the tail with a small tail number but no large D # up front. After checking out the other sheet I noticed that they have all the numbers to make any of their aircraft.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 5

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 5
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

In keeping with their tradition of supplying unique-looking aircraft, Lifelike has taken on the task of another 109 sheet.  There are so many unique 109s that doing so is easy for them to accomplish.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color; one sheet includes the upper and lower plan views, the other contains the history and the reason Lifelike drew their conclusions from.  That is the one thing I like about Lifelike.  They aren’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking are in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions.  They leave it up to the modeler to make an informed decision.  Very professional and a non-pompous way to do business.  There is also a separate sheet for the stencils that covers the Emil and Gustav versions.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 4

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 4
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals has presented us with another sheet on the Me-109.  This sheet features some colorful aircraft of various types so you can use this sheet on numerous models.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking are in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions.  Very professional, and a non-pompous way to do business.  There is a separate sheet for the stencils that cover the Emil and Gustav versions.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 3

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 3
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

It comes as no surprise that the 109 is my favorite airplane, and this sheet is one of the reasons why.  The amount of color options for the airplane is staggering.  This sheet contains markings for two G-6s, one E-1, and one F-2, so there is something there for everyone.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided full-color A4-sized sheets.  You get a three-view drawing for each aircraft.  The instructions are what really help set Lifelike Decals apart.  They are not afraid to tell you what they know and what they don’t know.  The other thing that you don’t normally get is the history of the aircraft.  The reference section shows you where Lifelike got their interpretation from.  There is a half A4 sheet showing you where stencils go.

Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Another great sheet for the Eduard Albatros kit.  This one will be a pleasure to many WWI modelers.  WWI aircraft have always been colorful, but finding good quality decals has been a pain in the past.  Lifelike has helped fix that with their latest two sheets.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking is in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions.  A very professional and non-pompous way to do business.

This particular release, like 48-039 Albatros Part 1, has a sheet of the major propeller types used on German fighters in WWI.  This is a very valuable asset and shows the difference to the props and the manufacturers.

Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 1

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to produce some of the finest, most colorful decals out there.  In this release they have turned their attention to the Eduard Albatros.  There are four colorful aircraft depicted.

There are two decal sheets with this release.  One decal sheet is printed by Microscale, so if you use their decal products you should have no problem.  All the decals are printed in register with good color opacity.  The other, slightly smaller sheet is printed in Japan and contains the gorgeous markings for the aircraft, such as the coat of arms.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking is in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions, a very professional and non-pompous way to do business.

This particular release has a sheet of the major propeller types used by German fighters in WWI.  This is very valuable asset and shows the difference to the props and the manufacturers.

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