Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-105 Tan Canopy Framing

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
F-105 Tan Canopy Framing
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The advance THANK YOU to Furball aero design for sending IPMS USA these decals, and the fearless leaders at the reviewer corps for allowing me once again to do a review! 

Every once in a while a product comes along that makes you wonder “why didn’t someone do this before?” In this case, framing on F-105’s is the subject.

I have struggled myself to paint the framing on canopies. Anything below 1/48 scale, “forget it”, and even then when it was attempted by yours truly, well, it was really awful. Because it’s so noticeable around the focal point of a model, the cockpit, office, whatever, it generally became an exercise in frustration.

These new decals by Furball, however, take care of the problem. You get two sets of decals: one designed for the F-105D single-seat and one set for the F-105F/G two seat models.

Color and Markings US Navy Tomcats, Part 2

Published: August 18th, 2016     
Color and Markings US Navy Tomcats, Part 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you to Furball Aero-Design for extending this decal series. I am certain that F-14 fans will be thrilled with this set! Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

Devil 501 & Devil 505 USN A-6E Intruders on the Big Screen

Published: August 18th, 2016     
Devil 501 & Devil 505 USN A-6E Intruders on the Big Screen
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/32, 1/48 AND 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

If you enjoyed the movie "Flight of the Intruder" that was released back in 1991 (and now I feel old), AOA Decals now provides you with the ability to replicate the aircraft flown by the Squadron Commanding Officer, or by the main character. Commander Frank "Dooke" Camparelli (as played by Danny Glover) along with Bombardier Navigator Lt. Carl "Hero" Aldana flew in Devil 501 while Lt. Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (played by Brad Johnson) flew Devil 505 with BN Lt. Morgan "Morg" McPherson (played by Christopher Rich), and later LCDR Virgil "Tiger" Cole (played by Willem Dafoe). Although the movie was not critically acclaimed, and did not make enough at the box office to offset the production costs, it remains an interesting movie to some of us, and it has plenty of scenes starring the A-6 Intruder.

F-4C/F-16C 50 Years of YGBSM

Published: August 14th, 2016     
F-4C/F-16C 50 Years of YGBSM
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This sheet of markings was put out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wild Weasel missions. To make it an even better set, they brought back the markings from their “First of the Weasels” set. Markings for the external weapons and pods are also included so you can model the F-16 as it looked when it was rolled out for the anniversary.

The F-16C block 50 represented is:

  • SN 92-0920, 20th Fighter Wing, June 5, 2015, 50th Anniversary WW

Here is a list of the F-4s. They are from the 18th TFW Nov 1972:

  1. 64-0840, “Super Cocks Swiss Samlar”
  2. 63-7474, “Brain Damage”
  3. 63-7470, “Rub-A-Dub-Dub”
  4. 63-0791, “Squirrely Bird”
  5. 63-7423,”Jail Bait”

I’ve always been impressed by the different anniversary paint schemes that all of the services put on a selected aircraft. It makes for a nice eye catching display instead of everything being all drab and plain. This aircraft truly is an eye catcher with that weasel on the tail. It will make a nice addition in my display case.

F-16C Block 50 – 50 Years of YGBSM

Published: August 11th, 2016     
F-16C Block 50 – 50 Years of YGBSM
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:32
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering an anniversary scheme for the “Wild Weasel” squadrons, currently flying F-16s. The markings include a very prominent weasel carrying a lightning bolt in the rudder.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) includes color call-outs in: FS standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. This makes finding the right paint color a breeze.

The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too. As a “bonus” stencils are provided for AIM-9X, AIM-120, AGM-88, plus ALQ-184 ECM and AN/AAQ-33 targeting pods

A word of caution which hopefully will minimize confusion: the instruction sheet lists a 1/48th Tamiya for this decal set. That is a typo. The size of the decals is clearly for a 1/32nd scale model.

Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing looking Wild Weasel F-16C.

I would like to thank Two Bobs decals and IPMS/USA for the review sample.