Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Stars in the Sky 3

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Stars in the Sky 3
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a Canadian company that not only makes decals but also offers aircraft colour charts and books.

As the name of this sheet implies, this is the third in the Stars in the Sky series. While the names might not be as recognizable as the first two sheets, the choices for the marking are very diverse.

We have two WWII bombers, a Korean War fighter and a fast jet. So who is up in this latest offering?

First up is a British Lancaster II flown by Robert Clothier, a Canadian actor. This would be a lovely option for that very nice Airfix kit.

Second is an AU-1 Corsair flown by Baseball player Jerry Coleman. Jerry flew this bird in Korea while serving with the US Marines.

Our third offering is a F-4C flown by Pop Singer Dean Paul Martin. Martin was a Captain with the California Air National Guard when he was killed flying this Phantom during a snowstorm.

A B-29 from WWII is the final offering. Tim Holt was the bombardier for this plane. He is best known for acting in Westerns.

North American P-51 Mustang Pt.5 "Big Beautiful Doll" Special

Published: October 21st, 2017     
North American P-51 Mustang Pt.5 "Big Beautiful Doll" Special
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, North American Aviation proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter.

Syrian Sukois Decals

Published: October 20th, 2017     
 Syrian Sukois Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The Russians design some very interesting aircraft. Two of these aircraft are the Su-34 Fullback and the Su-24 Fencer. The Su-34 is a side-by-side fighter/ground attack aircraft developed from the Su-27. There is nothing small about either one of these aircraft.

TwoBobs has a reputation for representing some very interesting paint schemes and these are no different.

The instructions are printed on two high quality pages with full color drawings on all sides. The first page covers the Su-34s. Full profiles are provided for the two paint schemes and then partial profiles where the changes exist. The backside shows the top and bottom views. This will prove invaluable with the complex paint scheme of the blues.

The second page of instructions focuses on the Su-24. Three color profiles are provided for the subjects with some minor history. The back side shows the two colors on the top and bottom. Paint callouts on both pages is from the Mr. Paint and AKAN lines of paint. No FS numbers are given as they are not known.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Decals

Published: October 20th, 2017     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Decals
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:32 1:48 1:72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Most aircraft scale models come with built-in color schemes. When modeling a WWII Japanese aircraft you are kinda expected to show up with either a green one or a light gray one. If you like to model Century series (F-104, F-106, etc.) fighters you're more or less stuck with a natural metal finish. And if you're a fan of the SR-71 Blackbird it is forbidden to paint it in any color other than black. Although, you might get away with a deep deep deep dark blue. Modern USAF aircraft (F-15, C-130, etc.) now come in any of color you like, as long as it's gray. Which is not to say that one doesn't have any options when it comes to choosing an optional paint scheme for your latest modeling project.

Big Scale Eagles

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Big Scale Eagles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
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 to date is small but impressive. Thanks to Reid Air for sending IPMS USA this review item, 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 venerable, accurate, F-15C and E kits in the huge 1/32 scale, this is a great place to start your aerie for Eagles. Better have a new addition to the house as well. For the record, this kit was built up to the point of decal use and application/finishing, due to this being a Decal review and not a total kit review.

For the record, here is the content description from the website on the sheet:

"Sized for the relatively-ignored Tamiya F-15, this 1/32 sheet includes options for one of eight Eagles. Stencils are included for one F-15C and one F-15E, so two jets can be built from this single sheet.

Options include: