Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Reid Air/Speed Hunter Heritage Vipers

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Reid Air/Speed Hunter Heritage Vipers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Graphics is that sub-part of Reid Air products which have focused (initially) on Modern Fighters, particularly USAF and some export birds. Their line-up is impressive, filled with USAFE , PACAF, and Stateside Rhinos and Vipers... take a look. Thanks to Reid Air for sending IPMS USA this set, to Dave for the nod to move out on them, and Dick for bringing the sheet to the Nationals for me.

This release is a complex, well-researched product. Designed for Tamiya's superlative-laden F-16 series, you can build from an early block 10 Viper all through the block 42. Invest heavily in the aggressor version, as you will need it to properly configure your jet, or you can go the resin route and have an AMS feast. Your budget limits the choice.

Export Vipers Decals

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Export Vipers Decals
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

This sheet features markings for some of the more unique and colorful F-16s in use around the world. These decals are sized for the Tamiya series of F-16 kits. There are enough stencils to model two complete F-16s in 1/48. The package includes one 8 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. decal sheet, stencil guide, and walkway marking layout. The decal sheet is packed full of decals, some extremely small, but even the smallest are crisp and clear.

Paint & marking guides are provided for the following aircraft:

F-16C Falcon 'Desert Storm Vipers' 388TFW Al Minhad AB

Published: October 15th, 2017     
F-16C Falcon 'Desert Storm Vipers' 388TFW Al Minhad AB
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bullseye Model Aviation

These decals are intended for the Tamiya series of F-16 C Desert Storm Vipers of the 388th TFW, Al Minhad AFB. The Tamiya Aggressor kits are preferred as these are mostly early Block 40 jets. Modeling notes are included so the decals can also be used on the Hasegawa kits as well.

10 marking options are provided:

Aggressor Vipers F-16C/D Decals

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Aggressor Vipers F-16C/D Decals
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bullseye Model Aviation

These decals are intended for the Tamiya series of F-16 C/D Viper aircraft of the 64th AGRS and 414th CTS Squadrons from Nellis AFB. Modeling notes are included so the decals can also be used on the Hasegawa kits. The Tamiya Aggressor kits are preferred, however the ANG kits can be used as well. These are all block 25/32 jets.

18 marking options are provided:

Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you to Furball Aero-Design for providing excellent specific markings set for this very unique aircraft. I am certain that F-4 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.

The words that capture this decal set are "stunning detail." Furball chose the striking color scheme of Vandy 1, the gloss black test F-4J aircraft operated by VX-4, providing both the original 1969 markings and the later "bunny" markings. What makes this set different from kit decals and aftermarket decal sets are the nearly 200 crisply-printed stencils printed in white. Modelers often correctly make the argument that stencils are often quickly worn off and not visible, but this aircraft was maintained in "high-polish" with all markings likely there.