Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator Decals, Part 1 and 2

Published: January 15th, 2014     
Consolidated B-24 Liberator Decals, Part 1 and 2
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Thanks very much to Lifelike decals for providing IPMS USA these review sets. We appreciate your support and look forward to your future efforts!

I had heard of Lifelike decals, but normally don’t work in 1/72nd scale.  However, when these showed up, I had to throw my name in the hat… and am very pleased I did. 

The first set, 72-029, covers four B-24’s with four different groups in the pacific region.  All have very colorful tail markings, and the nose art is particularly striking. The fact I have not seen these before made them a better value. 

Markings are included for the following:

Speed Hunter Graphics Decals for the F-4C & F-4D

Published: January 3rd, 2014     
Speed Hunter Graphics Decals for the F-4C & F-4D
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Hunter Graphics is a new decal source and is a division of the well-known and respected Reid Air Publications business. IPMS is very pleased to be able to review the Premiere Decal offerings from Speed Hunter in 1/48th scale, that being the markings for the F-4C and F-4D, reviewed here.

There are two sets of decals for the F-4C and F-4D identified by the item numbers 48001 and 48002.

Set # 1, item # 48001 has markings for a number of aircraft including:

  • F-4C 63-7589 191st Fighter Interceptor Group, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan ANG
  • F-4D 66-7554 906th Tactical Fighter Group, Wright-Pat AFB, Dayton OH
  • F-4C 64-0829 482nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL.
  • F-4C 63-7676 154th Composite Group, Hickam AFB Hawaii ANG
  • F-4C 64-0776 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, Oregon ANG, Portland, OR
  • F-4D 66-7550 507th Tactical Fighter Group, Tinker AFB, OKC, OK

Set # 2, item # 48002 has markings for a number of aircraft including:

A-3D-2 of VAH-1 'Smokin Tigers' Decals

Published: December 28th, 2013     
A-3D-2 of VAH-1 'Smokin Tigers' Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Squadron Products

Superscale initial release for Trumpeters 1/48th scale A-3D-2 with a marking set for the VAH-1 "Smokin' Tigers". Looking at the Internet, there are some great pictures of the Skywarrior in these markings especially on a cruise on the Internet.

The decals come in a single sheet. The sheet contains the markings for the kit including some of the major stencils. The sheet has great registration and color and are printed by Cartograph in Italy. The markings are distinctive with a large red flash on the side and great tail markings. Decals are provided for one airframe, build number 138932. The kit has a great color scheme with the gull gray over white being the primary colors. The nose and the leading edge of the tail is black.  The engine parts are metallic titanium and gunmetal. The paint scheme is in full color on a single sheet and has references for those wishing further reading.

Trumpeter keeps hitting the mark with these kit releases and these decal provide a great option to make the color scheme brighter and more eye-catching. Highly recommended.

A-6A Intruder VA-95 'Green Lizards' Decals

Published: December 28th, 2013     
A-6A Intruder VA-95 'Green Lizards' Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Squadron Products

Superscale continues its releases for Trumpeters 1/32nd scale A-6 with a marking set for the VA-95 Green Lizards. VA-95 has been active/inactive many times flying Skyhawks, Skyraiders and the Intruders. The decals here represent the Green Lizards during August 1974 aboard the USS Coral Sea. There are several great web sites dedicated to VA-95 and a quick Google search will find them with lots of photos.

The decals come in two sheets. One contains the markings for the kit including some of the major stencils. A second small sheets contains the national markings. Both sheets have great registration and color and are printed by Cartograph in Italy.  Decals are provided for one airframe, build number 156995. the kit has a great color scheme with the gull gray over white being the primary colors. The intakes are a deep green and the radome is tan. The markings really highlight the tail. The paint scheme is in full color on a single sheet and has references for those wishing further reading.

Trumpeters kit was long awaited and Superscale continues to provide and excellent set of markings to go with that kit. Highly recommended!

A-6A Intruder VA-115 'Arabs' Decals

Published: December 28th, 2013     
A-6A Intruder VA-115 'Arabs' Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Squadron Products

Superscale continues its excellent decal releases with a set for Trumpeter's 1/32nd scale A-6 with this release of markings for the A-6A for the VA-115 Arabs. VA-115 transitioned to A-6's during the 1967-70 time frame and these marking represent the Arabs on board the USS Midway in 1973. Specifically, the markings are for build number 156995. The color scheme for the plane was gull gray over white with the tail in black and green cap, rudder in white and green tips and fins to the fuel tanks. The radome was tan also.

This set includes a single sheet with all the markings needed to represent this build. Stencils will come from the kit. national markings are included and the decals are well printed with great registration. The printing was done by Cartograph and is superb. Instructions are in full color and give paint colors in name and FS numbers which is great. A reference list is also provided showing appropriate books that can be used.

Trumpeters kit was long awaited and welcomed. Superscale has filled a need and provided and excellent set of markings to go with that kit. Highly recommended!

Space Shuttle Tile Decal

Published: December 6th, 2013     
Space Shuttle Tile Decal
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/144
Company: Warbird Decals

For modelers building scale models of the Space Shuttle one of the more difficult challenges has been to replicate the thermal shielding on the spacecraft, whether the tiles or the blankets. In the smaller scales, this can be a real challenge and as a result one of the most sought after after-market sets has been thermal tile decals. Meteor Productions, in their Cutting Edge decal line, was the first company to offer tile decals. These deals proved extremely popular. That company has been gone for nearly 5 years and the decals have become very hard to find, usually commanding high prices.  Enter Warbird Decals, a new company in the real space market. They have introduced a new line of thermal tile decals in the scales of 1/72, 1/100, and 1/144 to meet the ongoing demand.

P-61B Black Widows- 414th, 418th and 422nd NFS

Published: November 18th, 2013     
P-61B Black Widows- 414th, 418th and 422nd NFS
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: SuperScale International

Super Scale International through Squadron Products continues its decal releases for HobbyBoss' excellent 1/32 P-61 with a set for three options for P-61B's. Inside the package, you get a page of full color instructions and a nicely done decal sheet printed by Cartograph.

P-61B Black Widow Decals- 548th NFS, Iwo Jima

Published: November 18th, 2013     
P-61B Black Widow Decals- 548th NFS, Iwo Jima
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: SuperScale International

If you want to dress up HobbyBoss' excellent 1/32 P-61, Superscale decals give you three options for P-61B's based on Iwo Jima from the 548th NFS. Inside the package, you get a page of full color instructions and a nicely done decal sheet printed by Cartograph.

The instruction sheet contains paint and marking schemes for three planes all of which are black with red spinners and cowlings which match the red plane numbers. The planes are:

  • "Lady in the Dark", P-61B-1-NO, S/N 42-39408
  • "Midnight Madness", P-61B-1-NO, S/N 42-39404
  • "Cooper's Snooper", P-61B-2-NO, S/N 42-39454

There are placement guides for the excellent nose art and unit markings and also the national insignia. The nose art in two cases are very well done pin-up girls.

The decals are beautiful and perfectly in register and also include propeller markings, plane data and pilot data. Cartograph makes excellent decals and I am sure these will apply very well.

An excellent set of markings that give much needed variation to the HobbyBoss kit. Highly recommended. My thanks to Squadron Products and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these decals.

Boeing 720 - Aer Lingus Markings

Published: November 17th, 2013     
Boeing 720 - Aer Lingus Markings
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Two Six Decals

The Aircraft

The Boeing 720 is a “downsize” of the Boeing 707, with a smaller fuselage.  It was used for short-haul routes where the 707 wasn’t economically feasible.  It was built from 1958 to 1967.  The 720 was a money-maker for Boeing because all of the development and testing was done on the 707.

The Two Six decal set.

You get markings for one of three Aer Lingus B-720s, EI-ALA, EI-ALB and EI-ALC.  The decal sheet is complete down to the little shamrocks on each side of the jet intakes.  These are laser printed decals, but they are separated on the backing sheet, so you don’t have to do a lot of trimming and cutting to get the markings off the sheet.

Instructions

The instructions are a little on the sparse side, but I found a great photo of EI-ALC on Airliners.net, which was larger than the instructions, and gave me a pretty good idea of what went where. 

Kawasaki Ki-100 Otsu Part 1

Published: November 15th, 2013     
Kawasaki Ki-100 Otsu Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33563
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike has produced this set of decals for he recent RS Models Ki-100 kit. They can also be used for the FineMolds kit but the producer does not that there might need to be some modification.

In the package, there is one decal sheet which covers the five aircraft. The decals are printed by Cartograph and beautiful, in register and colorful.  Also included is the sheet with five full color profiles of the aircraft and their histories and information which is wonderfully researched. Last is a page indicating the paint colors and also the stencil placement and reference sources.

The planes covered are: