Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Bf-109G Royal Decal Sheet

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Bf-109G Royal Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

What do you do when your kit is too large but your decals aren’t? Well if you are Eduard you offer the decals for sale to go with you newly released Bf-109G. These decals were designed for the Royal Class release of the Eduard 2014 Bf-109G release.

Packaged in a resealable package with card stock support, this 8.5 x 13 inch sheet is printed by Cartograf. There is also a small stencil sheet printed by Eduard. That means that they are as perfect as decals can be. The colors are perfectly in register. The decals are very thin and quite colorful.

The sheet covers SIXTEEN aircraft covering every version from the G-2 to the G-14. It also covers German, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, Rumanian, and Swiss and aces like Hartmann, Barkhorn, Baer, Trautloft, Schroer and Gabler. The colors range from Natural Metal finish to the standard 74/75/76 to Desert colors of 78/79 as well as the beautiful greens of JG-54.

Bottom line there is something for everyone here. Having used these decals on my original release of the Eduard Bf-109 I can tell you that they react flawlessly even over the natural metal finish of Gabler’s aircraft.

Trainers No More: Trojans at War

Published: November 9th, 2016     
Trainers No More: Trojans at War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals has been releasing some great decal sheets for Vietnam era subjects. Their latest is for the T-28 Trojan. In this particular scale, these decals can be used on either the old Monogram or newer Roden kits.

This particular sheet contains markings for 18 aircraft. Included in an A4 sized ziplock bag are four double-sided 8.5 x11 instructions sheet in full color. The cover photo is quite unique. The marking options include Air America, South Vietnamese Air Force, USAF, Royal Lao Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force and Royal Cambodian/Khmer Air Force. The instructions are very clear and concise. There are all four views of the stencils. Just in case the aircraft had alternate markings they are also shown. Two sets of stencils are included, one the standard and one of alternate markings. The instructions give a generalized summary of the armed T-28 variants so the modeler can figure out what ‘should’ be on the wings. Each aircraft is described with what is known as the armament loadout. The color callout is given in FS numbers.

OS2U-2 Kingfisher USS Texas, USS Maryland and Cape May

Published: November 9th, 2016     
OS2U-2 Kingfisher USS Texas, USS Maryland and Cape May
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

The colorful aircraft of the ‘golden age’ of Naval Aviation are some great looking aircraft. While this period was short lived it was also a time for the transition to war with the corresponding change of camouflage colors. One of the aircraft that went through this period was the Kingfisher. Designed pre-war it soldiered on throughout the war so the variety of marking options is quite varied. The new Kitty Hawk Kingfisher is a beautiful extensive kit that covers the aircraft quite well. Yellow Wings decals adds some flair to it.

Packaged in a 6x9 inch self-sealing ziplock bag, the modeler is treated to a heavy card stock cover page which includes full color side views of two aircraft. Behind that are three double sided pages of instructions printed in full color. The first page is an overview of how to apply the decals along with a color suggestion chart. This is particularly helpful when trying to match the decal colors. Each page contains some basic specifications of the aircraft. It is very similar to the marking blueprints from the National Archives where Yellow Wings gets its data from.

OS2U-2 Kingfisher USS Maryland, Quonset Point and Sitka Alaska

Published: November 9th, 2016     
OS2U-2 Kingfisher USS Maryland, Quonset Point and Sitka Alaska
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow Wings is well known for their thorough research and excellent decals of traditionally Navy subjects, in particular from the ‘Golden Era’ of aviation. This particular sheet covers the time Kingfisher during the immediate pre-war timeframe.

Packaged as most decals are nowadays in a ziplock baggie, these decals are further protected by a heavy card stock title card. The instructions are included on three double sided 8.5 x 11 sheets.

The instructions cover all three aircraft. Each sheet contains a profile view, split view of the plan views and a head on shot. The specifications are included. These sheets look very much like the historical data from the National Archives.

The decals are printed by Microscale on three 5 1/4x 8 inch decal sheets. There are enough decals to do all three aircraft on the sheet, including the stencils. This set also includes two smaller sheets. One includes the red outlined yellow numbers and some additional national markings. The smallest sheet contains the red outlined yellow numbers of the numbers.

Intruders from the Sea

Published: October 25th, 2016     
Intruders from the Sea
Reviewed by: Rob Ben