Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Ki-84 Hayate Part 2

Published: November 15th, 2013     
Ki-84 Hayate Part 2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues its superb line of 1/72 decals with 5 options for the Hasegawa kit. The decals are perfectly in register and are printed by Cartograph. The instruction sheets are superb being full color and having side profiles of all five aircraft. There is also a very thoroughly research paint scheme and stencil instructions.

The five aircraft represent the following:

  1. Army Transportation Unit, 2nd Hikotai, Ohta AB/Gunma Pref flown by Lt. Shuho Yamana with a white tiger on the tail, Fall 1944
  2. 57th Shinbu-Tai, Shimodate AB/Ibaraki Pref flown by Corporal Hajime Shimizu, May 1945
  3. 2nd Chutai, 85th Sentai, Hankou AB/China flown by Lt Col Yukioshi Wakamatsu,  December 1944
  4. 105th Fighter Training Hikoutai, Kita-Ise AB August 1945
  5. 50th Sentai, 1st Chutai flown by W.O. Yojiro Obusa, Phnom Penh AB, Indo-China April 1945

These decals are superb with excellent subjects, research and execution. Being printed by Cartograph means they will apply well also.

USN/USMC Phantom II Walkways Decals #1

Published: November 14th, 2013     
USN/USMC Phantom II Walkways Decals #1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Superscale International

Superscale Decals is now owned by the excellent people at Squadron Products, and their latest release is this sheet containing four different sets of walkways for 1/48th scale Phantoms. Both the wing and top of fuselage walkways are included. The set is printed by Cartograph and is beautifully in register and glossy.

The sets included are:

  1. Black outlines with the walkway language
  2. FS36231 Gull Gray with black outline and stenciling
  3. FS36231 Gull Gray with no outline and with stenciling
  4. FS36118 Gunship Gray with no outline and with stenciling

The instructions are well done, in color, and show the needed location of the decals.

This set is highly recommended and will go really well with older Phantom kits or the newer Academy kit. My thanks to Gary Newman and Squadron Products for the chance to review these great decals, and to IPMS USA for the opportunity to do so.

F-4B Phantom II VF-32 “Swordsmen” Decals

Published: November 14th, 2013     
F-4B Phantom II VF-32 “Swordsmen” Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

Super Scale (Squadron Products) has released and excellent new set of decals for the Academy F-4B Phantom. This set covers an F-4B from the VF-32 Swordsmen aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CFA-67) circa 1970.

The decals come with a single sheet of colorful decals and include the markings for BuNo 152972. The national insignia are also included, along with some specific stencils. The decals are printed by Cartograph and are perfectly in register and very colorful. The highlights are the large yellow/black tail flashes and sword on the rudder. The intake warnings are colorful and also included.

These decals are a great addition to the excellent Academy kit. Highly recommended. My thanks to Squadron Products and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these decals.

California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals

Published: November 11th, 2013     
California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Warbird Decals

Warbird Decals is known just for that, its airplane and warbird decals. This release is a new venture and is for 1/24 scale cars. It features California license plates from between 1963 and 2012, and comes with the background on the color and style changes. This set contains 112 license plates covering the different styles. Eight of these are pre-lettered, but the remaining 104 are blank. Below this are the letters you use to customize the plates to your liking.

To customize a plate, pick the appropriate letters and color and cut them out. Warbird has provided a line indicating where the lettering should be located. Drop the letters on the plate (and there are great instructions on how to accomplish this) and let dry. The decal can then be applied with your own customized license plate!

The printing and alignment are superb. This set is highly recommended to all automotive modelers looking for some California Dreaming!

My thanks to Warbird Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this set.

S2F-1 Tracker Decals

Published: November 8th, 2013     
S2F-1 Tracker Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models started to release decals in 2011 and has released some of the neatest and best markings to come out in the last couple years. Kinetic’s S2 Tracker is a neat kit and everyone I have seen build is exactly the same color – gull gray over white. While that's an attractive scheme, Caracal Models dug deep and gave modelers another option.

The Trackers on these sheets have decals for two S2F-1’s with the large radar above the cockpit but in overall gloss sea blue. There are two separate markings:

  • BuNo 133320, VS-21 from the USS Princeton in 1956
  • BuNo 133258, VS-20 from the USS Princeton in 1956

Both planes are overall blue with black anti-glare panel and deicer boots. The radome is also tan. The decals come in a single sheet and are colorful, well printed, and awesome.

F-4B Phantom II VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” Decals

Published: October 25th, 2013     
F-4B Phantom II VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

Right on the heels of Academy’s release of their long-awaited 1/48th scale F-4B, Super Scale comes out with a great sheet depicting the ever-popular Jolly Rogers markings.  Sadly, there is only one set of markings on the sheet and there are no stencils.  The aircraft depicted is BuNo 151506, which was the CAG’s aircraft while on the USS Independence in 1965.  Though having nothing to do with the decal sheet, this aircraft was later lost on January 10, 1968, due to an aircraft accident while assigned to the USS Ranger.

The decals are typical Super Scale Decals that we have been using for so many years.  They are extremely thin, have nearly no excess decal film, and they appear to be in perfect register.  These decals are printed by Cartograf of Italy, so we know they are of high quality.

My thanks to Squadron and IPMS/USA for the review samples.

Space Shuttle Tile Decals

Published: October 9th, 2013     
Space Shuttle Tile Decals
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/100
Company: Warbird Decals

Warbird Decals is known for its aircraft decal line, and now it is making new strides into real space subjects.

Upon opening the ziplock bag, you find two letter-size decal sheets which includes lower surfaces and upper surface/rudder tiles, and one single page with a 4-view drawing of the Space Shuttle with a decal map. The decal sheets provide extra decals, but the instructions do not tell you what for (more on this later).

I built the Tamiya Space Shuttle a few years back. You can find a review of the kit at http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/space-shuttle-atlantis. It is a nice kit, but certainly has room for improvement, mainly due to the lack of tile detail in the lower surfaces.

These decals are very glossy and conformed to the surface perfectly, without needing to use any decal solution. They were easy to move around for good alignment, too.

Air National Guard Mustang Decals

Published: September 9th, 2013     
Air National Guard Mustang Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

1/72 scale builders should be happy to hear that Iliad Design has reduced their 1/48 ANG Mustang decal sheet to 1/72 scale...and added one more option!  ANG Mustangs are interesting subjects that, in my opinion, have not been covered very well by domestic decal companies.  There are five subjects on the sheet provided in this set.  These options provide builders a choice of National Guard Mustangs in a somewhat dulled natural metal finish with Olive Drab anti-glare panels, colorful unit emblems, and prominent code numbers and serials.  The aircraft served in units in five Midwestern and Western states in the four years following WWII.  Some may have gone on to serve in the Korean War.

The five options are:

RCAF FR Spitfires - Canadians in Fighter Command #2 Decals

Published: July 17th, 2013     
RCAF FR Spitfires - Canadians in Fighter Command #2 Decals
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

Introduction

SkyGrid Studio / Aviaeology Publishing is located in Canada. The website is easy to navigate and intuitive, and products can be purchased through the website. Prices shown on the website are in Canadian dollars. SkyGrid Studio / Aviaeology accepts Pay Pal and a handful of credit cards. Aviaeology produces excellent decals, but SkyGrid Studio / Aviaeology Publishing does not limit its line of products to decals. Visit the website and you will note that there are some rather attractive book titles shown, as well as some prints.

The samples being reviewed arrived in a very sturdy cardboard container which protected the product nicely. There is more to the product that the customer receives than meets the eye. We will get to the bonus item in a minute, but first, let’s look at what is in the ziplock baggie that one receives.

The Decals

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T-45C Goshawk VT-22 “Golden Eagles” Decals

Published: June 24th, 2013     
T-45C Goshawk VT-22 “Golden Eagles” Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

On the heels of Kinetic's 1/48th release of the T-45 Goshawk comes Squadron Products Superscale Decal release of a full set of decals for the VT-22 "Golden Eagles." The scheme itself is excellent, with an eagle head flowing into red stripes decorating the back of the aircraft. There is one scheme on the sheet and it has excellent decals for the eagle, unit markings, and all the needed stencils. The decals are printed by Cartograph and are dense in color, thin in size, and perfectly in register. All national insignia and Navy markings are included.

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