Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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:

MiG-3 Decals (Pt. 3)

Published: September 12th, 2014     
MiG-3 Decals (Pt. 3)
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models is a Hungarian company that manufactures decals and distributes aftermarket detail parts.  A visit to their website shows that their decal sets fill some voids and provide model builders with a variety of well-documented markings (particularly Hungarian, Russian and German a/c).  HAD Models’ decals are on a par with major brands:  They are printed on thin decal film in vivid opaque colors.  The graphics are crisp and accurately registered.  Many (but not all) sets include stencil data.

Set 48131 is devoted to Soviet MiG-3s that defended the homeland in 1941 and 1942.  The set provides national insignia and specific markings for seven aircraft:

Elegant Eagles, Part 1

Published: August 31st, 2014     
Elegant Eagles, Part 1
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/48
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

This is the third set of 1/48 decals from Speed Hunter Graphics which came out of the Reid Air Publishing Group. The decals look very nice, clear and in register. They are printed by Cartograf of Italy and work very well, I’ll tell you why in a bit. This offering covers six F-15C MSIP II Eagles with a nice mix of Mig killers, commanders' aircraft, and even an aggressor bird. You couldn’t ask for a more varied mix. I couldn’t find whose kit these decals were sized for on the instruction sheet but on the web site it was recommended for the Hasegawa F-15C. As fate would have it, I only had the Academy kit which seemed to work quite well. I also noticed that the site had selections for 1/32 and 1/72 size sheets. I do hope that they branch into the other scales because these decals are really worth it.

The options included in this set are:

US Navy Blue Angels C-130

Published: August 31st, 2014     
US Navy Blue Angels C-130
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

ATTENTION!!! Those of you with that huge box of plastic labeled “1/48 Testors or Italeri C-130 E/H in your stash, languishing in the dust because you’re bored with monotone gray, SEA or European One camouflage schemes.  Here is your chance to buy a couple of extra bottles of liquid cement and get after it!  This decal sheet offers up beautifully rendered markings for “Fat Albert” the USMC C-130T that provides support logistics transport, in addition to it’s own amazing solo performance featuring rocket assisted take-offs for the US Navy’s “Blue Angels” aircraft demonstration team. 

In the plastic sleeve on a typical 5-1/2” X 8-3/4” decal sheet you will find two large Blue Angels shield markings for the giant vertical stabilizer, along with the yellow staff names, “Marines” markings and stencils.  The “Blue Angels” script is provided in two different lettering styles, depending upon which season you wish to depict the aircraft from.  The huge red/white/blue stars and bars markings are provided on a separate, smaller sheet. 

F-5F/N Defenders of the Conch Republic

Published: August 29th, 2014     
F-5F/N Defenders of the Conch Republic
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

US Navy squadron VFC-111, stationed at Key West, Florida, is the only F-5 Adversary Squadron on the East Coast. In the 2012–13 timeframe, a new tail scheme was approved for all of the squadron aircraft. Twobobs last provided a decal sheet for VFC-111 in 2007 (48-143). At that time, the only kit in town was the venerable Revell/Monogram version. Happily, Twobobs has updated the sheet with the Sun Downers’ latest F-5N/F schemes, and you can try them out on the newer AFV Club kit.

The color diagrams of seven aircraft are superbly laid out in four perspectives: top, bottom, left and right:

Airwing All Stars Intruders Part One

Published: August 6th, 2014     
Airwing All Stars Intruders Part One
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Coming home from work the other day I found on my porch a rather large box. I’m sure that my mail lady who placed it there was annoyed because she had to get out of her Jeep. The crude looking box was rather curious, it was chopped down and folded up from a larger box that sported red and blue “Revell” models logos. I reached down and lifted the box up to eye level and saw the familiar IPMS seal with Dick Montgomery’s name and return address. I then did the unthinkable, I shook the box like a kid on Christmas day. I already knew what “Ole Saint Dick” had sent but I didn’t know when. As I walked through the front door my wife greeted me with “that better be a review” as she kissed me. I know, it’s a dream that only plastic modelers have but I was wide awake and I couldn’t wait to open up the box.

Republic P-47D “Malcolm Hood Thunderbolts”

Published: August 3rd, 2014     
Republic P-47D “Malcolm Hood Thunderbolts”
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian that recently added three more Republic P-47D decal sets to their 1:72 scale line.  This set,  # LPM72-16, provides markings for three P-47D Razorback Thunderbolts that sported Malcolm hoods late in WWII.  The set includes two small decal sheets that provide all of the unique markings for the three aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data to do two of the three (National markings from kit decals will be needed to do the third one).

As the photos below illustrate, the decals are nicely printed in vivid, opaque colors by Microscale and everything is well registered.  They are printed on thin film like other Microscale decals, and should respond well to mild setting solutions such as Mr. Mark Softer.  It is recommend that the decals be applied by ‘floating’ them in place with enough water to keep them from bonding to the surface before they are properly positioned…then gently blotted when they are in place.  

The three aircraft are:

Naval T-Birds Decals

Published: July 27th, 2014     
Naval T-Birds Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

A recent addition to Iliad Design’s line of 1:72 scale decal sets is one covering a variety of US Navy and Marine Corps Lockheed T-Birds.  Markings are provided for five aircraft.  This set actually includes scaled down versions of the four subjects found on Iliad’s 1:48 scale Naval T-Birds set with a fifth one added. 

In his review of Iliad’s 1:48 scale set, Charles Landrum commented that Iliad earned his respect for releasing decal sets for subjects off the beaten path…in that case, for Navy and Marine T-Birds when only one kit exists in that scale to build a T-33.  By releasing a 1:72 scale version of that set, Iliad provides modelers with decals that offer these unique markings for a number of kit options…the older Heller and Hasegawa ones or the more recent Sword and Platz releases. 

The set provides markings for:

Electric Intruders- EA-6A in USN & USMC Service

Published: July 19th, 2014     
Electric Intruders- EA-6A in USN & USMC Service
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball (Geoff Martin) has been producing some awesome decals and with this latest release, he addresses a venerable kit, Revell's EA-6A Electric Intruder. As a quick background, before the four seat EA-6B came into service to jam all those enemy radars, the Marines ordered 27 of the EA-6A Electric Intruders.  They look like Intruders with Prowler tails! Revell's kit has been out a while but still can be built into a beauty and Furball has given us 11 superb schemes to dress the kit up.

As with most Furball sets, you get five large color pages- a cover sheet, side profile sheets of all 11 jets, a sheet of wing marking locations and one sheet showing the stencils provided. All sheets have color call outs with the needed FS numbers. There is one large decal sheet with markings and stencils and one small sheet with wing walks and color for the arrestor hook. The decals have perfect register and are printed by Cartograph.

The decals provided are for the following planes: