Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Stearman PT-17 Decals

Published: May 27th, 2016     
Stearman PT-17 Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

I’m a sucker for oddities and non-standard schemes when it comes to finishing my model aircraft. I saw the Iliad designs offering for Stearman PT-17 airframes and thought this is the set for me. I was pleasantly surprised to see Iliad design proved a full set of five decal options.  So you have five kits in your stash?  You’re covered in this one set.  Along with a very nice color representation of the each aircraft scheme Iliad Design goes the extra mile to describe any non-standard colors or more specifically non-stand color shades. Each scheme as one would expect come with a short description of each aircraft.

Loach-Low Level Scouts

Published: May 24th, 2016     
Loach-Low Level Scouts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:35
Company: AOA Decals

The Loach, tiny, maneuverable and deadly to the enemy. This little helicopter was loved by its pilots, crew and maintainers. The mission was deadly serious and many helicopters never made it to their first maintenance inspection.

This sheet from AOA is a welcome addition for the Dragon/Italeri kit and the anticipated Kitty Hawk Loach. Having only flown in this legendary helicopter once with a Vietnam hero, Hugh Mills, I can say that this sheet is awesome. While Hugh Mills and the Dark Horse aircraft have been done a lot for their colorful sharkmouths it is refreshing to see some new markings. Vietnam aircraft sported some colorful markings and until recently they have gone unnoticed. Thanks to AOA that is no longer the case.

Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part III

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part III
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero Designs continues its fine efforts to bring modern, current plane markings to the masses with their latest release, Air Wing All Stars: Super Hornets Part II. This set includes six markings for the F/A-18E Super Hornet and one for the F/A-18F. The set is printed by Cartograf and is in perfect register.

The markings included are for the following air frames:

Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals

Published: April 17th, 2016     
Modern Cockpit Dataplate and Warning Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Applications

Airscale, as usual is a leader in making cockpit enhancing products and this is a new product to their line. Finally the modern cockpit has been addressed with these decals allowing a modeler to get just the right look of warning markings and dataplates. Trying to paint the cross hatch lines of two colors is extremely difficult and these decals make it easy to do so. There are also tri-color (black/white/yellow) markings in the selection. In addition to the striped markings, dataplates for the sidewalls and for ejection seats are also provided. There is a little surprise and a real bonus in this set, a legend giving the name of each placard and warning type.

Conclusion

This may be the latest release but I am sure there will be some new decals that will be released in the near future that will greatly expand their already wide range of instrument subjects. Now modelers can get the tedious markings done as well as increase the fidelity of any modern cockpit.

Many thanks to Airscale for providing this decal set to IPMS for review.

Modern Cockpit Instrument Decals

Published: April 17th, 2016     
Modern Cockpit Instrument Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32