Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Type 97 Fighters Part 3

Published: September 17th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies).  The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft from the Japanese Army.  The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating left side markings and overhead views showing the wing markings of the various aircraft.

Six of the aircraft are overall light grey and one is dark green over light grey.  Each aircraft has very distinctive markings that will provide you with an interesting choice of which to use. As with the first two sheets, the aircraft depicted are from a wide variety of units and several are directly associated with specific pilots as noted in the instructions.  Inside the instructions, Lifelike provides a summary description of each aircraft, including any particular pilot that the aircraft was associated with.  The descriptions also include references to published photographs of the aircraft and as with the first two sheets, there is a listing of the materials referenced at the end of the descriptions. 

Type 97 Fighters Part 1

Published: September 17th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the first of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (codenamed “Nate” by the Allies).  The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft, six from the Japanese Army, and one from the Manchurian Air Force.  The set includes color side views of all seven aircraft illustrating the left side markings, and overhead views showing the wing markings.

All of the aircraft are overall light grey with very interesting and colorful markings for aircraft from a wide variety of units.  Inside the directions Lifelike provides a summary description of each aircraft, including any particular pilot that the aircraft was associated with.  The descriptions also include references to published photographs of the aircraft and there is a summary listing of the references used at the end of the descriptions.  A nice touch for some of the special markings is an explanation of what the markings meant to the Japanese pilots.

The Intruders Sandbox

Published: September 10th, 2015     
The Intruders Sandbox
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals continues their releases for Trumpeters 1/32 A-6 and in this the A-6E version. The decals included cover all three squadrons from the Operation Prairie Fire (March 1986) and Dorado Canyon (April 1986) missions in Libya, and also two squadrons from Desert Storm from Jan. to Feb. 1991.

The markings included are:

  • 1 option for VA-34 Blue Blasters, USS America, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 1 option for VA-55 Warhorses, USS Coral Sea, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 1 option for VA-85 Black Falcons, USS Saratoga, Operations Prairie Fire & El Dorado Canyon (1986)
  • 2 options for VA-35 Black Panthers, USS Saratoga, Operation Desert Storm (1991)
  • 2 options for VMA(AW)-533 Hawks, Sheikh Isa Air Base (Bahrain), Operation Desert Storm (1991)

Decals also included for crew helmets, fuel tanks, ejection seats, VA-35 MERs, & VA-55 ordnance special markings. Stencils are not included. The markings are beautifully printed and done by Cartograf.

Intruders from the Beach

Published: September 4th, 2015     
Intruders from the Beach
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals has released its first 1/72 scale sheet which is a scaled down version in many ways of the 1/32 scale sheet. AOA indicates that the reason the company formed was to fill the large void in decal coverage of Marine Corps Intruder accomplishments during the Vietnam War. 

There are a couple things that hit you when you first open the package. First, the number of options is staggering - 64 marking options of 45 different aircraft. These include: 

  • 7 options (5 aircraft) for VMA(AW)-225 Vikings at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, from 1969-71
  • 19 options (17 aircraft) for VMA(AW)-242 Batmen at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, from 1966-70
  • 19 options (13 aircraft) for VMA(AW)-533 Hawks at Chu Lai Air Base, South Vietnam, from 1967-69
  • 19 options (10 aircraft) for VMA(AW)-533 Hawks at Royal Thai Air Base Nam Phong (aka “The Rose Garden”), Thailand, from 1972-73 

There one large full color decals sheets included and markings/stencils for two complete aircraft. The sheet is in perfect registry and is gorgeous and printed by Cartograf. 

Intruders from the Beach

Published: September 2nd, 2015     
Intruders from the Beach
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

Modelers everywhere clamored for years when Trumpeter announced the release of a 1/32 A-6 Intruder. When it did arrive, the kit was very nice and has been virtually ignored by decal manufacturers everywhere…until now. AOA Decals has released the first of its sets designed for the Trumpeter 1/32 A-6A Intruder. AOA indicates that the reason the company formed was to fill the large void in decal coverage of Marine Corps Intruder accomplishments during the Vietnam War.

There are a couple things that hit you when you first open the package. First, the number of options is staggering - 23 marking options of 14 different aircraft. These include:

Swedish National Insignia

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/72 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Tunnan), Special Hobby (J 9, J 28, J J 21 and J 21R), and Airfix (J 8 Gladiator, J 26 Mustang, J 28 Vampire, and S 31 Spitfire). See the table, below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

Swedish National Insignia, New Issue

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia, New Issue
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/48 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Lansen and Viggen), Special Hobby (He 115), and Pilot Replicas (Saab J-21). See the table below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What-If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

AH-1Z Vipers Den

Published: August 22nd, 2015     
AH-1Z Vipers Den
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Werners Wings

The Kitty Hawk AH-1Z was ready for decals. 

So, on to WW Decals 48-08.  One word of caution; decide which aircraft you want to model BEFORE you paint!  Floyd gives you eight different choices of aircraft, and there is something different about the color demarcation lines or non-skid paint or patches of other color paint on each aircraft.  I didn’t have that forethought, so the end result was there was one aircraft that I could depict, and that was NO. 41 of HMM-268 (REIN).  The sheet also contains two sets of common markings.

Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Delta One Decals

With the release of the Revell-Germany Bf-109G-6 and G-10 Erla it is just natural to want to put markings on them that aren’t included in the box.  

Delta One has been providing some unique looking 109s on their decal sheets and this one is no different.  The Croatians had a staffel similar to the Spanish staffel in JG-52.  They were proud and carried the   This decal sheet provides markings for seven aircraft, six G-6s and one G-5.  Most of the aircraft sported the “Flying or Winged chessboard” on both sides of the fuselage.  

The decals are printed on a 6x5 sheet with an additional separate sheet containing one chevron.  The swastikas are broken down into two parts.  There is a variety of the Flying chessboard.  Interestingly is that the lack of standard markings.  Typically a unit would have the same size and same color markings but that is not the case with the Croats.  The decals are in perfect register.  The one chevron does not have a white outline which is why there is a correction sheet.  

F-16C Florida Makos

Published: August 9th, 2015     
F-16C Florida Makos
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Caracal Models

In 2014, the 482 Fighter Wing painted up one of its F-16C’s to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The jet was decorated with a mako shark motif including a shark mouth on the intake, a shark head on the forward fuselage and a shark fin on the vertical tail. The motif was created by modifying the standard F-16 scheme to incorporate the shark design.

Caracal Decals has recreated these markings on sheet 72033 allowing us to depict this unique aircraft. The sheet includes a full set of markings for the jet including the shark fin for the vertical tail, the pectoral fins for the ventral fins and the stylized shark head for the forward fuselage along with the serial numbers, tail codes and the Florida Makos legend on the tail, as well as the standard inflight refueling markings, national insignia and basic stencils. The decals are designed for Tamiya’s new F-16C kit, however, as I had already started my Tamiya F-16 as a Wild Weasel F-16CJ, I substituted an Italeri F-16C from my stash and other than having to shorten the decals for the ventral fins a little bit, the decals fit the Italeri kit as if they were made for it.