Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War

Published: November 28th, 2016     
VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals has filled another void in the decal world by producing a set for VF-143 Pukin’, and covers one specific airframe, BuNo 155887, call sign “Taproom”. The decals cover three cruises:

  • USS 1969-70
  • USS 1971-72
  • USS 1972-73

One note directly from their web site caught my attention. For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of VF-143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 and last American to be listed as POW. While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall. CDR Hall was previously Blue Angels Officer-In-Charge/Flight Leader (Plane 1), he and his Blue Angel team were featured in the 1975 documentary Threshold – “The Blue Angel Experience.” One of the first things you note about all AOA decals is the depth of the research and passion which they devote to it.

F-15C Repo Eagles

Published: November 28th, 2016     
F-15C Repo Eagles
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs has been giving us awesome decals for a very long time now, and this latest set is designed for the wonderful Tamiya 1/32 F-15C kit. These markings represent the F-15C’s from the 65th Aggressor Squadron from Nellis AFB. When this was squadron was disbanded, the F-15’s were sent to various ANG squadrons. The planes from this sheet were sent to the 144th FW in Fresno, CA hence the “repo” Eagles name. These planes still retained their aggressor markings.

Inside the package, you get markings for one of two Eagles - one in tan camouflage and one in gray/green camouflage, and one set of stencils printed on two sheets by Microscale. The printing is wonderful, and Microscale is a great choice for printing. Also included are color profiles, both left and right side as well as top and bottom profiles. There are color call outs by FS numbers as well as four various paint manufacturers. These are all done in the same format as all Two Bobs sheets. The research is well done as usual.

USN Vought OS2U-1/3 Kingfisher USS Arizona, USS Washington

Published: November 28th, 2016     
USN Vought OS2U-1/3 Kingfisher USS Arizona, USS Washington
Reviewed by: James Corley, IPMS# 35138
Scale: 1/32
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

The Kingfisher was the result of a competition in the late 1930s to replace the SOC Seagull, a biplane battleship & cruiser scout plane. The new airplane was a radical improvement over the SOC in performance and maintainability. The aircraft proved so popular with both the aircrews and shipboard crews that its immediate replacement, the SO3C Seamew, was often left behind due to "maintenance issues", and the OS2U & SOC served far longer than the Bureau of Aeronautics wanted, with most of the aviation-capable ships still using them at the end of the war.

The decals provided give the builder the option to build one of several Kingfishers:

OS2U-1 Bureau Number 1695, VO-1, USS Arizona, 1940-41 "1-O-1"

This aircraft is presented in the prewar overall aluminum paint with Orange-Yellow upper wing surfaces. This same aircraft, by September 6, 1941, was repainted in the Blue-Gray over Light Gray scheme and was photographed being recovered by USS Arizona. The same markings are provided in the kit, but the red on this sheet, is in my opinion, a much closer match to my color chips.

Bf-109G Stencils

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

The new Eduard Bf-109 is an exceptionally good kit and a lot of fun to build. What do you do if you have an Overtree boxing with no decals? Well you can get these decals to handle the stencils.

Eduard has started to print their own decals. One of the first ones they’ve done is the stencils for their Bf-109. Packaged in a self-sealing plastic wrapping with a thin cardboard backing, the decals are printed on a 2 ½ x 4 ¾ decal sheet. Also included is a sheet of instructions are included on a half of an A4 sheet. The finesse of the writing is legible in this scale. The colors are perfectly in register. The decals are very thin. So you will have to use plenty of water to move them around on the model once you add them, but they work flawlessly. Even if you don’t use setting solutions these decals will snuggle down beautifully.

I did not find any issues with any of the stencils on my two models. They performed flawlessly and, most importantly, look great on the model. Each sheet has enough decals for one aircraft. There are options available for fuel, oil and MW50 markings as well as black and red versions of most markings.

Highly recommended