Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Caracal Esquadrilha da Fumaca “Smoke Squadron” Decals

Published: October 4th, 2014     
Caracal Esquadrilha da Fumaca “Smoke Squadron” Decals
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano , also named ALX or A-29 is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency (COIN), close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training. Designed to operate in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain, the Super Tucano is highly maneuverable, has a low heat signature, incorporates 4th generation avionics; and weapons system to deliver precision guided munitions. It is currently in service with over 13 countries with the Afghan Air Force slated to receive its first batch of aircraft in April 2015.

Caracal models has released an impressive decal sheet for the new Hobby Boss Super Tucano kit covering four different variations of the aerobatic team.

The marking option is:

USN N2S-3 (Yellow Peril) NAS Corpus Christi & NRAB Dallas

Published: October 3rd, 2014     
USN N2S-3 (Yellow Peril) NAS Corpus Christi & NRAB Dallas
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow Wings Decals has released the first aftermarket decal set for the new Revell 1/48 scale Stearman PT-17 kit. (Obviously, the decals in this set also are applicable to the long-standing Lindberg 1/48 scale PT-17 kits).  There are no markings for an Army Air Force PT-17 in this set however.  Instead, set 48-082 provides colorful markings for two of the U. S. Navy’s version of the PT-17…the N2S-3 ‘Yellow Peril’:

Eight Gun Melody (Part 1) – Republic P-47D Thunderbolts

Published: September 28th, 2014     
Eight Gun Melody (Part 1) – Republic P-47D Thunderbolts
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

A.M.D.G. Decals has now set its sights on the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt…releasing two new decal sets for Razorback and Bubbletop versions.  The first, A48-005, provides markings for four P-47Ds from four different fighter groups flying in the European theater…and they provide everything needed in this set to decal each of the subjects.  When I say everything, I do mean everything.   The set includes two decal sheets and both are packed with about as much as possible.  Check out the photo below to verify that.

Also, as the photos below show, the fold out instruction sheet and supplement that are included demonstrate how complete this set is.  They are printed on both sides and not only provide full-color profile and plan view illustrations for each subject covered in the set with very comprehensive painting guidelines, but also provide guidelines for painting invasion stripes and include specific details about each aircraft along with considerable historical information about the plane and its pilot, unit, location and date.  Added to this are photo-references notes and kit recommendations.

Pre-War Hurricanes

Published: September 28th, 2014     
Pre-War Hurricanes
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

In 2003, Iliad Design’s first decal offering was a 1/48 scale set for pre-War Hurricanes. Flash ahead 11 years and Iliad has added a 1:72 scale version of that set to their ever-growing line of decals.  But this set is more than a scaled down version of the four subjects found on the original 1:48 scale set.  Iliad’s 1/72 scale set provides markings for seven Hurricanes in RAF service during 1938 and 1939. 

Six of the seven aircraft featured in this set sport upper surface camouflage of Dark Green and Dark Earth (in both A & B schemes, which are clearly illustrated) with a variety of underside colors that were employed during the pre-war period.  But, the scheme for the seventh aircraft offers a striking contrast.

The seven subjects included are:

L-39 "Capali" and "Capeti II"

Published: September 25th, 2014     
L-39 "Capali" and "Capeti II"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: HAD Models

The L-39 Albatross is an advanced trainer/light attack double-seat jet aircraft of Czech design that has seen service with over two dozen air forces and several of them are currently being used in the civilian market. Avant Garde Models (AMK) has recently released the first injection model of this significant aircraft trainer in 48th scale.

“Capali” and “Capeti” are special markings used by Hungarian L-39 at the 2004 Kecskemet Airshow. The names of the airplanes correspond to the Canadian TV show “Sharky and George”, however the airplanes camouflages do not match the colorful characters of the TV Show.

Capali sports a disruptive camouflage of green and sand over light blue, with a striking Hungarian flag in the tail, while Capeti is an overall aircraft grey. Both aircraft seem to have their camouflage “peeling off” and showing a shark nose, with teeth and eyes around the nose.

You can find further details at:

AMD/BA/Dornier Alpha Jet

Published: September 25th, 2014     
AMD/BA/Dornier Alpha Jet
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 48044
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

The Dornier Alpha Jet is an advanced trainer/light attack/helicopter hunter/double seat jet aircraft that has seen service with 10 air forces, and several of them are currently being used in the civilian market.

Caracal models has released an impressive decal sheet for 15 airframes for 8 different countries. These are the airframes you get (listed from Caracal Website)

Stars and Bars (Modern USAF High Viz Insignia)

Published: September 16th, 2014     
Stars and Bars (Modern USAF High Viz Insignia)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Often you get a great aftermarket decal sheet for 3 or 4 aircraft, but they don’t include enough insignia for all of them. The solution: Enter a insignia decal sheet, like the one recently released by Furball Design

This set contains 95 correctly proportion modern (post 1947) US National Insignia (the one with the blue border and red stripe).

You get (14) 10" insignia, (25) 15" Insignia, (14) 20" insignia, (10) 25" insignia, (8) 30" insignia, (8) 35" insignia, (8) 40" insignia, (8) 45" insignia, which should cover from small drones, to larger bombers in the last 7 decades of  USAF service.

I want to point out the decal design is correctly proportioned, as the star points do not reach the edge of the circle, but stop at a distance equivalent to width of the blue border.

The decals are independently printed and they are very glossy in the sheet. I would expect them to adhere really well to a glossy surface (Future coat or similar) in your model.

Recommended to airplane modelers of all skill levels.

I would like to thank Furball Aero Designs and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Curtiss P-6E “Hawk” Decals (Part 2)

Published: September 15th, 2014     
Curtiss P-6E “Hawk” Decals (Part 2)
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow Wings Decals has added two new sets to their line for 1/48 scale Curtis P-6E Hawks.  Set number 48-085, or Part 2, provides colorful markings for two Langley Field based USAAC aircraft of the 8th Pursuit Group:

  • P-6E #15 of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron  
  • P-6E #61 of the 36th Pursuit Squadron 

The instructions show that in 1933, 8th Pursuit Group P-6Es sported Gloss Olive Drab #22 painted fuselages with Orange-Yellow #4 wings and tail surfaces and by 1936 fuselages were finished in Blue #23 with Orange-Yellow #4 wings and tail surfaces.  Markings are provided for all national insignia, rudder stripes, aircraft numbers, fuselage bands and squadron markings as shown in the photo below of the decal sheet.  An instruction sheet is included that also provides information about all paints that were used with Tamiya color matches.

F-16C/D Vipers – The Next Generation

Published: September 14th, 2014     
F-16C/D Vipers – The Next Generation
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Caracal Models

I love small air forces and I love the F-16 (and not just because they are based at Hill AFB just up the street) so a decal sheet that combines both is always high on my list.

This new sheet by Caracal delivers.  5 of the 6 schemes are small air forces with the other scheme a Minnesota Air National Guard version in a new camo.  The decals are printed by Cartograf who have a solid reputation and feature the following markings: