Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 1

Published: June 25th, 2014     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian company that has released three new 1:72 scale P-51D decal sets.  One of the latest, set #LPM 72-12, provides decals to finish three different Mustangs from the 357FG that received field-applied camouflage while based in the UK during 1944.  Because of this, there is evidence the paints that were used were sourced from British stocks, making these aircraft appear more unique than other USAAF aircraft that were delivered in standard Olive Green over Neutral Gray.  That instructions include that information with recommended RAF colors (or ‘colours’ as the case may be).

The set includes a rather small decal sheet that includes all of the unique markings for each aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data for one aircraft.  Therefore, it will be necessary to use national insignia and data markings from kit decals sheets to finish more than one 357FG aircraft from this set.

F-4C/D Air National Guard Part 3

Published: June 17th, 2014     
F-4C/D Air National Guard Part 3
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is an Austin, Texas based firm that offers high-quality decals and detail parts for scale modelers. Their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from post-World War II to the present. I have purchased several of their decals sets on my own, and their offerings are typically well-researched and interesting subjects not usually addressed by other manufacturers.  The usual 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales are well represented.  Shipping/mailing to US customers is free.  If there is a subject that is not currently covered you would like to see done, visit their website at www.caracalmodels.com, and drop them a line via email or snail mail, and while you’re there, sign up for their email list to be notified of new issues.  Ordering can be done on site via Paypal, or through various on line hobby suppliers and select local hobby shops.  Those of us in Texas cough up an additional 8.25% for maintaining the Republic.

This particular sheet is a continuation of Caracal’s Air National Guard F-4 Phantom II series.  The options on this decal sheet are:

Messerschmitt Me109 Part 4

Published: June 17th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me109 Part 4
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

I like the way Lifelike does their decals.  They pick a type of aircraft and give you markings for several variants of that aircraft, rather than four or six of one type.  This sheet contains markings for four Me109s.  They are an Me109G-6/AS from 10 (N) Moskito/JG300, a high-altitude version with a yellow comet on the nose, a Bf109E-3 flown by Oblt. Hasselmann, the Geschwader Adjutant of JG26, an Me109G-2/Trop belonging to Heinz Bär when he was Kommodor of I/JG77, and an Me109G-5/AS of Maj. Günther Specht, Kommodor of II/JG11.

The instruction sheet is in full color, with side views of the aircraft showing the camouflage and decal placement.  The decals are thin, in register, with what seems to be accurate colors. 

So, as you can see, one sheet gives four fairly widely varied versions of the 109 with four different kinds of markings.  No waste here.  Recommended.

My thanks go to Lifelike Decals for providing the sheet and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

Messerschmitt Me109 Part 3

Published: June 17th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me109 Part 3
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

I like the way Lifelike does their decals.  They pick a type of aircraft and give you markings for several variants of that aircraft, rather than four or six of one type.  Personally, I don’t think I’ll be doing four Bf109E-1s, but I might do an E-1, an F-2, a G-6, and a G-6/R2.  That’s what’s on this sheet.  You get markings for four different variants of the Bf109 (or Me109, depending on when).  The Bf109E-1 is from 2/JG77 with a yellow lightning bolt on the side of the fuselage.  The Me109F-2 is Oblt. Hans Philipp from 4/JG54 with a prominent green and grey camo sprayed on the fuselage sides.  The Me109G6 is flown by Uffz. A. Kellmayer of 7/JG52, an aircraft that previously belonged to Eric Hartmann.  The last aircraft is an Me109G-6/R2 with an oversprayed grey and dark green camouflage from I/JG300.  This one is a reconnaissance version.

The instruction sheet is in full color, with side views of the aircraft showing the camouflage and decal placement.  The decals are thin, in register, with what seems to be accurate colors. 

USAF T-38A Talon - Part 2

Published: June 7th, 2014     
USAF T-38A Talon - Part 2
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

First off, I would like to thank both Caracal Models and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these decals.

Caracal Models has released their second set of decals for the Wolfpack 1/48 T-38A Talon. As you will see in my review for the Trumpeter T-38A, they can also be used on Trumpeter’s version with no modification. This sheet of decals includes nine separate options for the T-38A Talon.

Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 3)

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 3)
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

This is one of four P-51 decal sheets produced by a new decal maker, A.M.D.G. Decals. A.M.D.G. seems to be one of those companies “by and for” modelers. If you have a look at the company website, you will find their philosophy on the “About Us” page. They seem to have a very enthusiastic and passionate approach to this, and this decal sheet does a great job of demonstrating it!

This sheet has complete markings (including four sets of national insignia and propeller data stencils) for all of the aircraft depicted. There are three UK-based subjects and one based in China. The amount of research done for these four schemes is readily apparent after reading the instructions.

Markings provided are for the following Mustangs:

Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 4)

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Yankee Merlin Roars! (Part 4)
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: A.M.D.G. Decals

This is the fourth in a quartet of 1/48 scale P-51 decal sets recently released by A.M.D.G. Decals. As I noted in my review of their first set of P-51 decals, A.M.D.G. Decals is a new company from Poland that markets these sets under the title YANKEE MERLIN ROARS!!! (Parts I – IV), and they provide everything needed in each set to finish four different aircraft. The decal sheet included in each set is packed with about as many individual decals as anyone could hope for (as shown in the photo below).

This set (Part IV - #A48-004) of YANKEE MERLIN ROARS!!! provides markings for the following:

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Published: May 22nd, 2014     
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35. This decal set includes two sheets with markings for 2 USMC, one 1 US Navy, 2 USAF and 1 RAF aircraft for a total of 6 airframes.

The options on this decal sheet are:

  • F-35B BuNo 168059, VMFAT-501, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BuNo 168718, VMFA-121, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BF-05, VX-23 Strike Test, US Navy
  • F-35B ZM137, Royal Air Force
  • F-35A 08-0746, 58th FS, USAF
  • F-35A 10-5009, USAF

They all are in the “F-35 Gray”, which seems to be FS 36170. No manufacturers have that color in their line (as of April 2014) so you are recommended to use “Dark Slate Grey” as a close alternative. The decal sheet includes airframe stencils for one aircraft.

Being a Cartograf decal sheet you know you’ll get good quality, thin and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and have very little transparent carrier film around them, minimizing the chances for silvering.

US Navy Albatross (Early Types - HU-16C & UF-1)

Published: May 21st, 2014     
US Navy Albatross (Early Types - HU-16C & UF-1)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Trumpeter Albatros