Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, “Space Seed,” where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise’s crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Fokker D.VII Part 4

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Fokker D.VII Part 4
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to release aftermarket sets of decals for 1/32 scale Fokker D.VIIs. Each set provides full national insignia and personal markings for four colorful aircraft. The latest two sets were released at the same time and offer marking options for aircraft built by various manufacturers. Set number 32019, Fokker D.VII Part 4, includes markings for the following aircraft:

Fokker D.VII Part 3

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Fokker D.VII Part 3
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to release aftermarket sets of decals for 1/32 scale Fokker D.VIIs. Each set provides national insignia and personal markings for four colorful aircraft. The latest two sets were released at the same time a few months ago and offer marking options for aircraft built by various manufacturers. Set number 32-018, Fokker D.VII Part 3, includes markings for the following aircraft:

Air Wing All-Stars: Cougar Trainer CAGs

Published: January 10th, 2015     
Air Wing All-Stars: Cougar Trainer CAGs
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

In their first collaboration, Geoff Martin of Furball Decals and Bert Kinzey of Detail and Scale have come up with three comprehensive decal sheets for the Kittyhawk TF-9J Cougar with no less than nine subject covered in great detail and with superb markings. The set comes with six color pages on instructions which also include instructions for the stencils, paint call outs in FS numbers and complete profile shots of each plane with decal locations. There are two perfectly printed decal sheets- one full size and one quarter size which contains stencils for two aircraft plus the needed markings for all nine. There are no wing walk decals included so they need masked and painted. The declas are printed by Cartograph and look great.

Here's the list of planes represented:

Ventura’s in Canada 2: RCAF Eastern Air Command Squadrons

Published: January 7th, 2015     
Ventura’s in Canada 2: RCAF Eastern Air Command Squadrons
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

For any who have missed it, Aviaeology out of Canada produces decals specific to many Canadian themed subjects. The first thing that hits you when you purchase one of their sets is the detail provided to replicate specific aircraft. The research going into these decals is second to none. This set includes markings for nine different aircraft in a variety of schemes. Here’s a quick list:

USAF / US Coast Guard SA-16A Albatross Decal

Published: December 30th, 2014     
USAF / US Coast Guard SA-16A Albatross Decal
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Thanks very much to our friends at Caracal decals for providing us this sheet and to the reviewer corps leadership and team who continue to keep me straight on my review efforts!

DECALS! One of the reasons I really enjoy plastic modeling. The decals usually mean “We’re almost done”; the final markings are what I look forward to in the build. (anyone out there willing to confess to really enjoying filling and sanding seams?).

Caracal are a relatively new company; they jumped in early, knew the market, and are delivering in a big way. The vast majority of their sheets sell out fast; if you want them, you need to preorder. On their website you can see what is coming, and plan accordingly.

Air National Guard F-106A/B Part 1

Published: December 23rd, 2014     
Air National Guard F-106A/B Part 1
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

The F-106 served active duty Air Force squadrons from 1959 to 1981. As the aircraft were replaced with the new F-15A, those Darts were relegated to six Air National Guard, Fighter Interceptor Squadrons (FIS).  Those squadrons used the F-106 until their final retirement in 1988. Three of those units are the subjects of this release from Caracal Models. The zip lock bag contains four sheets of decals that include every marking needed to finish your F-106 with the exception of the weapon stencils and instrument panels. For that you’ll need to use the kit decals.

You get decals for a single seat and a two-seat version from each of the following units.

Sea Harrier Landing Gear (Kin)

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Sea Harrier Landing Gear (Kin)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Once again, thanks up front to Ross at SAC for sending us another of your expanding line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on.

This is (once again) a basic upgrade to the kit plastic.  The kit landing gear consists of two halves for the forward gear, a one-part aft main gear, and two outriggers with actuators and doors integrated as one item. 

As usual, SAC gear replaced these.  The kit nose gear requires taking care of a seam, after the nose wheel and tire is inserted. The kit wheels should be inserted carefully into the tire, but the plastic could possibly break or deform permanently.  The SAC solution is more elegant. Superglue the upper strut and lower fork together, let it cure, then spray with metal primer. Paint gloss white or gray, BEND the fork out, carefully install the wheel and tire, then carefully close over the wheel hub.  It stays in place and is a lot stronger.

The main strut is simplicity. Again, spray with metal primer, spray gray or white, and superglue the tires in place on the axle.  Then superglue into the aft wheel well.   

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