Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Vietnamese SPADS Part 2 VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: April 7th, 2017     
Vietnamese SPADS Part 2 VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in top quality, thoroughly researched decal sheets from the Vietnam War era. This is wonderful with all the new kit releases, as there are now more options for markings. Inside the package, there are full color profiles and notes about all eleven sets of markings, and two large colorful decal sheets printed by Cartograf. The sheet covers South Vietnamese Air Force AD-6/A1-H Skyraiders in 1/32 scale, with the recommended kit being Trumpeter or Zoukei-Mura. Detail and notes abound in the set, including notes on each specific plane, its color and markings, and any specifics about the plane. In fact, two of the markings represent Skyraiders that were retrofitted with the Yankee extraction system. The time frame involved is from the early 1960's to 1970. Minimal stenciling is included also.

The schemes represented cover both four overall gull gray and seven camouflaged planes from the following squadrons:

Ki-61 Part 1

Published: March 13th, 2017     
Ki-61 Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals out of Japan has issued a new sheet for the Ki-61 which states it's for the Hasegawa kit. This also coincides with the release of Tamiya's new Ki-61 kit also. Looking in the package, there are three color sheets. Once with the overall schemes, one with detailed information about the four included schemes and one for stencil placement. The decal sheet is very well printed and contains markings for two planes except for the wing walks. Also included is a small insert sheet to complete one of the planes. Decals are printed by Microscale.

The markings included represent the following planes:

244th Sentai Part 1

Published: March 12th, 2017     
244th Sentai Part 1
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Lifelike Decals

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien ("flying swallow") is a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. The Japanese Army designation was "Army Type 3 Fighter" Allied pilots initially believed Ki-61s were Messerschmitt Bf 109's and later an Italian aircraft, which led to the Allied reporting name of "Tony", assigned by the United States War Department. It was the only mass-produced Japanese fighter of the war to use a liquid-cooled inline V engine. Over 3,000 Ki-61s were produced. Initial prototypes saw action over Yokohama during the Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942, and continued to fly combat missions throughout the war.

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review one of Lifelike Decal's offering for the Ki-61 Hein (48-003). This set from LifeLike is a revised and re-released set that was originally released in 2003 and covering aircraft of the Japanese 244th Sentai. The majority of these aircraft are Nakajima Ki-61 Heins. There are eight subjects on this decal sheet, four are for the Tei version which should ring a bell since the recent release of the 1/48 version of this kit from Tamiya.

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.