Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Battle Scooters (1)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Battle Scooters (1)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

Often forgotten about Naval Aviation in Vietnam is the diminutive A-4 Skyhawk. Despite its small size, this nimble little aircraft could carry an amazing amount of bombs. Flown by the Marines and the Navy, this aircraft carried out some of the most dangerous missions in Vietnam.

AOA Decals continues to release Vietnam era subjects and I for one love their choice of subjects. This set is designed for the Hasegawa kits of the A-4C and A-4E.

The instructions are packaged in a 9 x 12 inch Ziploc bag and are printed in full color on four double-sided pages. The instructions are little works of art displaying the side profile for 13 aircraft. The initial page gives you information to make the Hasegawa kit more accurate. Each aircraft is described in detail to let you figure out what to include from the kit and decals. There is a page for each type of Skyhawk airframe with data and stencils.

Bf-109G-6 Balkenkrueze

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Bf-109G-6 Balkenkrueze
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard's Bf-109G series of models is one of my favorite models. As such I tend to build a lot of them. They are a lot of fun to build and look great when completed. The Eduard decals are printed by Eduard, and are very thin and beautifully done. Because of their thinness, they fit into all the panel lines with ease, and the carrier film disappears. The only thing that I've had an issue with the thinness of the decals is that they stick real fast if you don't have enough water under them. This is not a bad thing just an observation. Eduard has released this sheet of decals which contains enough different styles to do at least two aircraft.

The decals come in a typical European self-sealing/re-sealing plastic packaging. The decals are protected by a thick card stock between the decals and the instructions. The instructions are simple as they should be. You don't need a whole lot of instructions for just these crosses.

Battle Scooters (2)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Battle Scooters (2)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: AOA Decals

This is the second sheet for the Hasegawa A-4 kit from AOA Decals. Like the others this is thoroughly researched with the help of the A-4 Skyhawk Association, notable pilots and mechanics. Who better to make sure that the markings are correct than the ones that were there?

The A-4 was a workhorse for the Navy and the Marines in Vietnam. As such it was operated from carriers and shore airfields. This sheet covers the Skyhawk from 1966 to 1972. Where a unit used both types or had early and later cruises, AOA selects an aircraft from both time frames.

Battle Scooters (3)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Battle Scooters (3)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

This third sheet by AOA Decals for the A-4 Skyhawk includes markings for twelve Vietnam era aircraft. This sheet is mostly Navy aircraft but there are two Marine aircraft.

The instructions are typical of AOA Decals being stored in a large ziplock bag with four double-sided 8.5x11 pages. Each aircraft is described in detail. The specific updates to the models are included on the first page. This addresses the correct antennas and the things needed to do the model properly. All the aircraft are Light Gull Grey over White but that is the only thing plain about them. They display full color markings from the front to the rear of each aircraft. The last page of the instructions covers the stencil location for both types.

Bf-109G Svaskitas

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Bf-109G Svaskitas
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This small sheet addresses some short comings in kits sold overseas. The lack of swastikas. Now I'm not sure if it is just a typo or a way to get by overseas censors by calling them svastikas versus swastikas.

Either way you know what you are getting. Eduard prints their own decals and these are just perfect. They are printed on a 1.5 x 2.5 inch decal sheet. The decals are very thin and very crisp. You get 12 swastikas in two sizes. The normal Bf-109 sized swaskitas are 300mm. You get eight swastikas in this scaled size. Later in the war there were some slightly larger sized, 400mm, ones used on wooden tails. There are four of these.

The sheet is a good addition if you need some swastikas for your Bf-109 for your Bf-109G. Your F and E are available on other sheet. Those may have a white surround but these do not.

Enough decals are included to do six aircraft. So if you need svastikas or swastikas these are available. They are perfectly thin and react will with setting solutions. This is another great product from Eduard.

Highly recommended