Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

A-4N Wings of Wittmund

Published: January 29th, 2015     
A-4N Wings of Wittmund
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Bob Sanchez and TwoBobs latest release is beautiful set of markings for the Hasegawa A-4N, which covers planes from Wittmund Germany owned by BAE systems. Curious about that? No problem- Twobobs has the following history included:

"BAE Systems operates (6) ex-Israeli Air Force A-4N aircraft in Wittmund, Germany.  These aircraft fly tow banner, Ground Control Intercept and Close Air Support training missions in support of NATO in Europe."

There even more explanation on the decals sheet. The sheet contains markings for four white painted planes with numbers N431FS, N432FS, N434FS and N437FS. Markings are included to allow the making of two planes that look great in all white and their colorful markings.

The remaining two planes that BAE also operates are camouflaged. The first is in Israeli colors with a ghost gray bottom and three-color top camouflage, while the last is in overall light ghost gray. All the markings for these are also included. So you can choose one white bird and one camouflage if you like, or mix and match anyway you like for a total of two airframes.

Armee de l’Air French AF EC3/3 60TH Anniversary Mirage 2000D Decals

Published: January 24th, 2015     
Armee de l’Air French AF EC3/3 60TH Anniversary Mirage 2000D Decals
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: DXM Decals

About the Company

DXM which stands for Double Excellent Models was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010 covering a broad range of aircraft including an extensive list of Japanese air command meets.  

What’s on the Sheet?

This sheet covers 60th anniversary of the Escadron De Chasse 03-003 “Ardennes” Fighter Squadron which flies the Two-Seat all weather attack aircraft out of Nancy-Ochey airbase in North-Eastern France. The markings for this decal sheet are as:

  • Mirage 2000D EC3/3 Nancy-Ochey Airbase France

The Decals are extremely colorful and lively and everyone who I showed these too thought the boars would definitely make any Mirage 2000D kit stand out. The Yellows were extremely bright and I could see virtually no carrier film. They are printed by Cartograf on a single large sheet.

JASDF ACM 2013 F-2A Viper Zero - 3rd SQ & 8th SQ

Published: January 22nd, 2015     
JASDF ACM 2013 F-2A Viper Zero - 3rd SQ & 8th SQ
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: DXM Decals

About the Company

DXM Decals, which stands for Double Excellent Models, was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010. They cover a broad range of aircraft, including an extensive list of schemes from Japanese air combat meets.  

What’s on the Sheet?

DXM Decals have produced several decal sets covering the JASDF’s participation in Air Combat Meet 2013. This sheet provides decal options for three F-2A Viper Zeros belonging to the 3rd and 8th squadrons which are based out of Joint Airbase Misawa in Towada, Aomori, Japan.

The aircraft covered are:

  • F-2A Viper Zero, #13-8557, 3rd Squadron, Misawa Airbase
  • F-2A Viper Zero, #83-8544, 3rd Squadron, Misawa Airbase
  • F-2A Viper Zero, #13-8558, 8th Squadron, Misawa Airbase

The decals are extremely bright and colorful, and I could see very little carrier film, if not none. DXM has used Cartograf to handle their printing needs, so if you have used Cartograf products before, you know the quality and construction of theses decals will be outstanding.

JASDF Matsushima A.B. F-2B Viper Zero Anniversary

Published: January 22nd, 2015     
JASDF Matsushima A.B. F-2B Viper Zero Anniversary
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: DXM Decals

About the Company

DXM Decals, which stands for Double Excellent Models, was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010. They cover a broad range of aircraft, including an extensive list of schemes from Japanese air combat meets.  

What’s on the Sheet?

This sheet covers the 30th anniversary of the 21st Training Fighter Squadron and another F-2B specially marked to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Matsushima Airbase located in Matsushima, Japan. The aircraft covered are:

  • F-2B Viper Zero, 21st Training Squadron, Matsushima Airbase.
  • F-2B Viper Zero, 21st Training Squadron, Matsushima Airbase.

The decals are extremely vivid with crisp colors and dark blacks. I could see very little carrier film, if not none. The decals are printed by Cartograf on a single large sheet.

JASDF ACM 2013, F-4EJ KAI Super Phantom

Published: January 22nd, 2015     
JASDF ACM 2013, F-4EJ KAI Super Phantom
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: DXM DECALS

About the Company

DXM which stands for Double Excellent Models was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010 covering a broad range of aircraft including an extensive list of Japanese air command meets. 

What’s on the Sheet?

This sheet covers another set of aircraft from the JASDF participation in the air combat meet for 2013 with the Aircraft Belonging to the 301st SQ and 302nd squadron which are based out of Nyutabaru Airbase and Hyakuri Airbase.

The aircraft covered are as followed:

  • F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom 301st Squadron Nyutabaru Airbase
  • F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom 302nd Squadron Hyakuri Airbase

The Decals are extremely bright and colorful and I could see very little if none carrier film, DXM has used Cartograf to handle their printing needs instead of printing themselves, so if you have used their products before you know the quality and construction of theses decals will be outstanding. I also personally find these my favorite out of their product lineup due to a fondness for the F-4.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, “Space Seed,” where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise’s crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Fokker D.VII Part 4

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Fokker D.VII Part 4
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to release aftermarket sets of decals for 1/32 scale Fokker D.VIIs. Each set provides full national insignia and personal markings for four colorful aircraft. The latest two sets were released at the same time and offer marking options for aircraft built by various manufacturers. Set number 32019, Fokker D.VII Part 4, includes markings for the following aircraft:

Fokker D.VII Part 3

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Fokker D.VII Part 3
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to release aftermarket sets of decals for 1/32 scale Fokker D.VIIs. Each set provides national insignia and personal markings for four colorful aircraft. The latest two sets were released at the same time a few months ago and offer marking options for aircraft built by various manufacturers. Set number 32-018, Fokker D.VII Part 3, includes markings for the following aircraft:

Air Wing All-Stars: Cougar Trainer CAGs

Published: January 10th, 2015     
Air Wing All-Stars: Cougar Trainer CAGs
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

In their first collaboration, Geoff Martin of Furball Decals and Bert Kinzey of Detail and Scale have come up with three comprehensive decal sheets for the Kittyhawk TF-9J Cougar with no less than nine subject covered in great detail and with superb markings. The set comes with six color pages on instructions which also include instructions for the stencils, paint call outs in FS numbers and complete profile shots of each plane with decal locations. There are two perfectly printed decal sheets- one full size and one quarter size which contains stencils for two aircraft plus the needed markings for all nine. There are no wing walk decals included so they need masked and painted. The declas are printed by Cartograph and look great.

Here's the list of planes represented:

Ventura’s in Canada 2: RCAF Eastern Air Command Squadrons

Published: January 7th, 2015     
Ventura’s in Canada 2: RCAF Eastern Air Command Squadrons
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

For any who have missed it, Aviaeology out of Canada produces decals specific to many Canadian themed subjects. The first thing that hits you when you purchase one of their sets is the detail provided to replicate specific aircraft. The research going into these decals is second to none. This set includes markings for nine different aircraft in a variety of schemes. Here’s a quick list: