Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Spitfire and Hurricane Decals

Published: January 24th, 2013     
Spitfire and Hurricane Decals
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

  • Spitfire Decals Part 3, 72-023, $18.00
  • Spitfire Decals Part 4, 72-024, $18.00
  • Hurricane Decals Part 1, 72-025, $18.00

The first Lifelike Decals sheet, Spitfire Pt. 3, provides decals for four Mk. V aircraft, and historical backgrounds for each aircraft. The aircraft depicted are:

  1. Spitfire Mk. Vb, AD196, Sgt. Jack Evans, No. 71 (Eagle) Sqdn, Debden, Aug. 1942
  2. Spitfire Mk. Vb or Vc. Serial unknown, F/O James Montgomery, 4FS/52 FG, USAAF, Sicily, 1943.
  3. Spitfire Mk. Vb, EN824, P/O John Yarra,  No. 453 (Australian) Sqdn., Martlesham Heath, December, 1942
  4. Spitfire Mk. Vb, ER821, F/L Neville Duke, No. 92 Sqdn., Libya, 1943.

There are enough roundels for one RAF and one USAAF aircraft, although the other markings are provided for all four aircraft.  You’ll need extra roundels for this one.

The second sheet, Spitfire Pt. 4, provides decals for four aircraft, two Mk. V’s and 2 Mk. XVI’s. The aircraft depicted are:

Air Wing All Stars – Phantom Decals, Part One

Published: January 23rd, 2013     
Air Wing All Stars – Phantom Decals, Part One
Reviewed by: Chip Jean, IPMS# 13823
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Introduction

Let's start with a little word equation: U. S. Navy + the mid-70's + F-4 Phantoms = Colorful Aircraft, and that's what this decal package is all about.  Every option provided reflects a Phantom in hi-vis markings from the 1970's, a time of colorful U. S. Navy aircraft.

What's In The Bag

Initial impression is "WOW!"  On one side of the baggie, you're presented with a color profile of all included aircraft, and on the other side a Cartograph-printed, 8 1/2 x 11 decal sheet full of colorful markings for 7 aircraft – 6 U.S. Navy F-4Js and 1 Marine F-4N.  Everything is sharp, in register, and with excellent color.  Digging into the bag, you also find a standard size decal sheet with all the black markings: buzz numbers, carrier names, "NAVY", "MARINES", etc.  There are two pages of color that include left and top and bottom drawings of all aircraft, and finally there is a sheet of paper in black and white that shows stencil placement on one side and stores loading on the other.  The only need for kit or other aftermarket decals will be for any stores you mount on your model.

Fokker D.VII (Albatros-built) Decals Part 2

Published: January 20th, 2013     
Fokker D.VII (Albatros-built) Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

This is the second decal set released by Wingnut Wings with alternate markings for their new 1/32 Fokker D.VII kits.  As noted in my review of Fighting Fokkers part 1, Fokker D.VII fighters were built by three manufacturers: Fokker, Albatros, and OAW, and this set (#30007) provides the unique markings for five of the Fokker D.VII fighters that were built by the Albatros…plus two bonus D.VIIs (as described below).

MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals

Published: January 16th, 2013     
MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has given us several MiG-21 offerings, which allows us to build just about any MiG-21 in any country’s service.  Right after their release of their MiG-21 in Czechoslovak service, they released this decal sheet that is just stencils in Czech.  And there are a bunch of them.  I started to count them, but gave up.  There are 132 different stencils, and there are anywhere from two to eight of each of them.  Markings are included for all of the pylons and external tanks, as well.  Even though the markings are tiny, when you put them under magnification, they are readable.  And, they are super-thin.  You can barely see the carrier film.

A 5.7” x 8.2” placement chart is provided and it will cause you to go cross-eyed trying to follow the tiny lines and numbers.  These are very high quality decals, and are highly recommended.

My thanks to Eduard for the review sample and IMPS/USA for the review opportunity.
 

Fokker D.VII (Fokker-built) Decals, Part 1

Published: January 15th, 2013     
Fokker D.VII (Fokker-built) Decals, Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

With the recent release of Wingnut Wings’ multiple 1/32 Fokker D.VII kits, it’s not surprising that they also quickly offered a number of decal sets with markings for aircraft other than those provided in their kits.  Fokker D.VIIs were built by three manufacturers: Fokker, Albatros, and OAW, and this set (#30006) provides markings for five Fokker D.VII fighters that were built by the Fokker works.

Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 Decals

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has turned out an excellent 1/48th scale Bf-109E-4 kit for us that has sparked a new interest in one of the most modeled aircraft ever.  But, who can ever have enough 109’s?  Even though you get markings for five separate aircraft in the Profipack kit, Eduard has produced a decal sheet with another five aircraft for us to choose from.  The decals are printed by Eduard in the Czech Republic on a 3.3” by 7.5” sheet and is accompanied by an 8.3” x 11.6”full color foldout depicting the decal placement for each of the aircraft, as well as a general scheme depiction that includes color callouts for Gunze Sanyo paints.

Aircraft included are:

Albatross D.III/IV Decals, Part 1

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Albatross D.III/IV Decals, Part 1
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Dust off all those Eduard Albatross DV and DVa kits that you have, because Lifelike has released two new decal sheets with new markings not previously produced.  And, one is very colorful, in typical Bavarian fashion.  The title says DIII, but the markings included on the sheets are for three DV’s and one DVa.  With each of the aircraft views is a history of the aircraft and its pilot and various color notes and conjectures about any differences from the markings included.

Modern U.S. National Insignia

Published: January 9th, 2013     
Modern U.S. National Insignia
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Archer Fine Transfers

Archer Fine Transfers has and always had the best and largest variety of transfers than any other company. I would venture to say over 90% of us in the scale modeling hobby have used an Archer product in one way or another. Some modelers I have met only use transfers and will use decals only when it is absolutely necessary.

Archer’s transfers are always of the highest quality and detail, and so simple to apply. However, there should be a high degree of concentration when applying them to the model because any movement while burnishing the transfer will ruin it. Whenever possible, I always cut out the particular transfer that I am going to apply from the sheet because it is very possible that another transfer, too close to the one that is being applied, can accidently adhere itself to the model. This is one of the downfalls, but very easy to avoid. Also, with transfers there are no do-overs, so proper placement of these transfers is of utmost importance.

Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

This is one of two new sheets Lifelike Decals has released covering the Nakajima Ki-43.  A quick check of Lifelike’s website reveals that this latest addition to their line is only available in 1/48 scale at the moment.  The website is definitely worth a visit, as they not only list their products, but from time to time also give updates and corrections to existing decal sets.

The instructions consist of two sheets of paper (approx. 8 1/2” x 11”), each printed on one side and folded together, resulting in a small booklet.  One sheet is printed in full color and provides profiles of the aircraft, while the second features in-depth text describing each subject.  Clearly, a lot of time and effort has gone into the research on this sheet.  13 different reference books (or websites) are listed and cited throughout the individual aircraft descriptions.

F/A-18E VFA-195 Dambuster CAG Chippy Ho 2011 Decals

Published: December 27th, 2012     
F/A-18E VFA-195 Dambuster CAG Chippy Ho 2011 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: DXM Decals

VFA-195 is one of the naval F-18 squadrons people usually don’t remember until either one of two things happens. First, they are called the “Dambusters” after their successful destruction of the Hwacheon Dam in North Korea. Even more recognizable is their “Chippy Ho” scheme of green and black with the large eagles head. They have been carrying some form of this scheme on the CAG aircraft for about 25 years. The squadron was formed many years ago flying Avengers but worked their way up to F-18’s in the 1980’s and to the newer F-18E/F Super Hornet in the 2010. The Dambusters are based at NAF Atsugi, Japan

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