Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-14 Walkways

Published: April 13th, 2016     
F-14 Walkways
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you Furball Aero-Design for sending these excellent decals for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am honored to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

Six F-14 sets of over-the-intake walkways are provided on a 4 x 4 ¼ inch (100 x 110 mm) sheet. The decals have minimal carrier film. There are two sets in each of three colors: black, dark gull gray, and engine gray. Decal opacity is excellent. Test decals worked very well with Microscale solutions and plain water. The decals are thin and durable, snugging down nicely without coaxing. I did not try stronger solutions like Solvaset, but I do not believe that such solutions would be needed. In short, these simple decals work, and work well.

I highly recommend these decals as effective way of getting those highly visible walkways looking good on a Tomcat. Thanks again to Furball Aero-Design for sending this decal sheet for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, it is a much appreciated privilege.

Modern Jets Cockpit Instrument Decals

Published: April 13th, 2016     
Modern Jets Cockpit Instrument Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Thank you Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements for sending these excellent decals for review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am honored to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements’ tagline is “High resolution cockpit detailing for aircraft modelers” and this decal sheet is an excellent example of their philosophy. A compact 3 1/16 x 2 3/8 inch (60 x 80 mm) sheet is richly populated with a wide variety of high-resolution modern jet aircraft instrument gauges and screens. All decals have minimal carrier film. A thin transparent acetate sheet, about 2 inches square, is included for adding instrument cover glass.

EA-18G Growler Anthology Decals

Published: April 12th, 2016     
EA-18G Growler Anthology Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

As the Navy transitions away from the venerable EA-6B’s into the new EA-18G Growlers, the planes have started to get more elaborate markings and kits have become available to replicate the plane. Hasegawa took their excellent F-18F kit and has issued several iterations. Maybe it is just me but most of the aftermarket decal companies have been slow to respond to some of these new releases. Fortunately for us modelers, Furball Aero-Designs is not one of those and has great new releases. This one is for the Hasegawa kit and includes a whopping 12 wonderful growlers and has enough decals to actually build two full planes.

Let’s look at what’s inside the package. The first thing you notice is that all instructions are full color and well printed. Each of the 12 planes has a left and right profile and decal placement along with excellent notes specific to that airframe such as to use larger insignia or not to include specific decals. Each sheet also has specific FS color call outs at the top of the page. Separate drawings are included for stencil location including the ejection seat.

Camouflage & Decals #4 Finnish Fighters WWII

Published: April 10th, 2016     
Camouflage & Decals #4 Finnish Fighters WWII
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1:72 & 1:48
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This 16-page booklet continues the series that contains 1/72 and 1/48 decals, profile images, and descriptive camouflage information covering a number of different fighter aircraft in Finnish service during WWII. The text, photos and graphics come from the excellent “Finnish Fighter Colors” books, also published by MMP.

This volume cover six aircraft in detail:

  • Hawker Hurricane I, HC-454 “4”, vänr. Orvo Helenius, 2/LeLv 26, 1943
  • Hawker Hurricane I, HC458 “8”, ltm. Aarne Arte, 1/LLv 10, 1941
  • Curtiss Hawk 75A-2, CU-581 “1”, luutn. Veikko Evinen, 3/HLeLv 32, 1944
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2, MT-201 “1”, maj. Eino Luukkanen, LeLv 34, 1943
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2, MT-213 “3”, ltm. Ilmari Juutilainen, 1/HLeLv 34, 1944
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, MT-435 “1”, ylikers. Urho Lehto, 1/HLeLv 34, 1944

Additional decals and limited references are also included for one additional Hurricane, two additional Hawk 75A-6s, and eleven additional Bf-109 G2s and G6s.