Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Beechcraft 18s Decals

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Beechcraft 18s Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is an Ottawa, Canada based firm that offers decals and color chart references for scale modelers.

The subjects of this set are post-WWII era Beechcraft Model 18s in military markings. Markings are included for three aircraft as follows:

  • SNB-2H Hospital Aircraft based at NAS Jacksonville
  • UC-45J based at NAS Atsugi, mid-1960s
  • AT-7C of an unknown unit, buzz #TB-482, 1946

The sheet is printed in perfect register with very little carrier film border. Colors are bold, and the ink is solidly dense, reducing or eliminating opaque tendencies of the lighter colors. The letter-sized instruction sheet calls out paint colors and particulars for each aircraft. Also noted are the nacelle and leading edge modifications necessary to model the Atsugi bird, and references the Belcher Bits resin parts to complete it.

I have used Iliad Designs sets on past builds and find that their decals are easy to use following the typical application procedures. They settle down beautifully into/on surface details and respond well to Micro Scale decal fluids when needed for coaxing onto difficult areas.

F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Two Bobs

The Air Force's 64th Aggressor Squadron uses specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-5s and F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Last year, the Squadron painted several of its F-16s in the "Shark" and "Splinter" schemes recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs has now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict both schemes.

Sheet 72-104 provides markings for two aircraft in the "Splinter" scheme and one in the "Shark" scheme. Two of the aircraft (one in each scheme) are Block 32 jets while the third is a block 25 jet. As I had an old Hasegawa model of an early block F-16, I decided to use it for this project. I am not an F-16 expert, so it is possible that the kit actually represents a different block number, so I apologize in advance if I did get it wrong!

F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds

Published: January 9th, 2018     
F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life. Two-Bob decals usually sell out very well and once their limited run subjects sell out they are not available for reprint. Get them while they are available or be prepared to pay the eBay supply vs Demand Price.

What's on the Sheet?

The first aftermarket sheet ever released for the F-16C/D Thunderbirds! The USAF is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017 and these markings are current for this year's airshow season.

One full set of Thunderbird markings are included with unique aircrew and maintenance markings for each individual jet. A bonus to the 2017 markings are the names that were carried during Buzz Aldrin's flight at the Homestead Airshow.

Vietnam Ace Capt. Steve Ritchie and Friends

Published: December 26th, 2017     
Vietnam Ace Capt. Steve Ritchie and Friends
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Werners Wings

Werner's Wings have been known for resin aftermarket and decals for helicopters. It is nice to see some fixed wing offerings coming out. The first such centers around Vietnam air ace Steve Ritchie and covers aircraft he flew during his MiG kills as well as planes flown by a few other noted pilots from this conflict. The sheet is also available in 1/48th scale and was previously reviewed here and since this sheet covers the exact same aircraft with the same instructions there really isn't anything more for me to add.

What, you want more? OK.

One of the things I enjoy is the research that Floyd Werner puts into his subjects whether he is building a model or releasing some aftermarket. In this case he lists the loadouts (where known) used by each of the planes on the missions. This is extremely helpful and a detail missed by other manufacturers.

F-35 Anthology Big Scale Lightning II’s

Published: December 25th, 2017     
F-35 Anthology Big Scale Lightning II’s
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Furball Aero-Design

About the Company

Founded in January 2012, Furball Aero-Design's goal is to provide the enthusiast/ modeler with most accurate, well researched, and interesting decal sets available on the market. Their decal sets will always be jammed packed with multiple markings options and provide the modeler with the best value bar none. Each decal set is printed to the highest quality standards by the Hobby Industry's leading decal printer, Cartograf of Italy.

What's on the Sheet?

This Particular sheet covers 17 aircraft from 3(USA, Norway, Japan) of the current 12 countries involved or part of the FMS sales.

The aircraft covered are as followed: