Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

USAAF National Insignia June 1943 – January 1947

Published: June 6th, 2013     
USAAF National Insignia June 1943 – January 1947
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

Squadron and SuperScale have released a decal sheet, #481266, with USAAF national insignia for the period June 1943 to January 1947. This decal sheet does not include the red border around the circle and bars. As such, I believe the markings are only valid from September 1943 until 1947, not from June 1943 as listed in the decal sheet title.

The sheet includes decals for scale diameters of 25”, 30”, 35”, 36”, 40” and 55”. They are very shiny and printed by Cartograph (i.e. – good quality decals). The decal sheet instruction includes a location map for P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-51 aircraft.

Decals are thin, yet strong. I was able to float them onto the model and then easily relocate them for final placement until dry. They settled into the recessed panel lines with a minimal application of Micro Set. At the same time, the decals are opaque and have a vibrant color.

In just a few words: they are excellent decals.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels.

I would like to thank Squadron/SuperScale and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

MRC-Italeri Special Decals 2012-IPMS National Convention

Published: May 21st, 2013     
MRC-Italeri Special Decals 2012-IPMS National Convention
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: Multiple Scales
Company: Model Rectifier Corporation

At the 2012 Orlando IPMS Nationals, Model Rectifier Corporation made a special decal sheet of multi-nationals roundel insignia available for giveaway at their show booth.  I was lucky enough to receive one of those sheets from the IPMS Reviewer Corps.

This sheet contains national markings for USA modern aircraft (color stars & bars), Japan, Australia, Russia, Soviet Union, Germany, China, Italy and Canada, in various sizes and scales from relatively large to tiny. 

I built an old Starfix 1/72 T-38 for my father’s career aircraft collection, and the decals were unusable.  I found some USAF lettering in my spares box, but used the stars and bars from this sheet.  They went down smoothly, and with a touch of Solvaset, nestled down into the re-scribed surface detailing I applied.  They made a mediocre kit look good.  I will keep this sheet on hand to use in similar situations.

USAAF WWII National Insignia Decals (May, 1943 – June, 1943)

Published: May 12th, 2013     
USAAF WWII National Insignia Decals (May, 1943 – June, 1943)
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

This 1/48 scale decal sheet provides multiple sizes of the type of US Army Air Force national insignia specified for application to aircraft from May 1942 to June 1943.  The insignia consisted of a white star on an insignia blue disk.  The set includes 41 separate decals sized to scale diameters for 25”, 30”, 35”, 36”, 40”, 45”, 50” and 60” insignias, making them useful for most aircraft in service during that time period. 

These decals are manufactured for Squadron by Cartograf.  They are crisply printed on thin film.  The decals release easily from their paper backing after immersion in warm water for 15 - 20 seconds and should then be applied to a glossy painted surface that has been pre-moistened to allow repositioning. They will respond well to most decal setting solutions (but the solution should not be allowed to puddle on decal or surrounding surface for very long).

Messerschmitt Bf-110 Stencil Decals

Published: April 24th, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-110 Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard has given us some really great 1/72 Bf-110’s in the last few months, and now they have given us the stencils for them.  Get out your Optivisor or your favorite magnifier, because you will need it.  They are tiny!  At first, I thought there were enough stencils for four aircraft, but that is only partially true.  There are only enough for two aircraft in some cases, enough for three in some, enough for four in some.  Even though they require magnification to read them, they are readable.  Just another case of the quality of Eduard products.  And, they are super thin.  You can barely see the carrier film.

Two placement charts are provided to help you with placement.  The decals are designated by a letter on the charts, but not on the decal sheet.  They are easily figured out, however.  These are very high quality decals, and are highly recommended.

My thanks to Eduard for the review sample and IPMS-USA for the review opportunity.
 

Fokker D.VII F Decals – Fighting Fokkers Part 5

Published: April 24th, 2013     
Fokker D.VII F Decals – Fighting Fokkers Part 5
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Released simultaneously with the Fokker D.VII F kit, this decal set provides five alternative markings for the BMW IIIa-powered version of this famous fighter.  It is the fifth in a series of decal sets that Wingnut Wings now offers for the different versions of their Fokker D.VII kits. This set includes two decal sheets, printed by Cartograf. The larger sheet contains the personal markings for each of the aircraft, with codes, national markings, and a variety of panel sections with bands and shapes that wrap around the fuselage. These panels have a number of indents and holes located within them that coincide with the location of openings for control lines, fuel filler ports, etc.  The second sheet provides additional sizes of national markings, instrument decals, data plates, propeller markings, and additional stencils. The crosses on these sheets also contain holes in the printed areas where control lines pass through, and some are split into two pieces where they cross over from the wing to aileron or from fin to rudder.

Kawasaki Ki-100 Decals Part 1

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
Kawasaki Ki-100 Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

The recent release of the RS Model Ki-100 Otsu and Kou kits has prompted Lifelike to release a new sheet of decals for these aircraft.

The instructions are typical for Lifelike, with two A4 single-sided sheets printed in full color.  The exterior sheet has three-view drawings and the references used to determine the color schemes.  The interior sheet has the left side profiles and the references used to determine the markings.  The history of the pilot is discussed in brief, adding a nice dimension to the markings.

The best thing about Lifelike is that they are not afraid to say that they don’t know something if it isn’t known.  I like this approach.  They also have made good on new information on their website and, where appropriate, they have printed new decals and provide them for free or a small fee.  What other decal company does that?  None.

Kawasaki Ki-84 Hayate Decals Part 2

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
Kawasaki Ki-84 Hayate Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

The Ki-84 Hayate was the premier Japanese fighter of the war.  It also sported some really colorful markings that are a natural for an airplane modeler.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  Five aircraft are included in the decals.  The exterior sheet has the three-view drawings and the references used to design the decals.

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf and are very colorful.  They are in perfect register and thin.  In my opinion, Cartograf is the best decal producer in the world.  I’ve used all kinds of setting solutions on them and they perform flawlessly.  The decals not only include the aircraft markings but also some stencils.

The first Hayate has never before been seen in print, let alone as a decal.  The aircraft has a unique spackled look to it with a beautiful white tiger on the tail.  This aircraft was flown by Lt. Shuho Yamana of Army Transportation Unit in the fall of 1944.

Fokker D.VII Decals Part 2

Published: April 22nd, 2013     
Fokker D.VII Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

The latest release from Wingnut Wings is the family of Fokker D.VIIs.  These late-war beauties are beautifully adorned with artwork and colors.  So Lifelike has decided to offer some unique decal options for the modeler.

Lifelike’s website is always updated with things that may have changed since decals have been released.  It is nice that they offer updated decals when the markings are found to be different than those included in the original release.  Does this mean that Lifelike Decals is wrong?  No, not at all.  Lifelike is not afraid to make educated guesses based on the latest information.  When new information becomes available, they let you know what has changed.  This is unlike any other decal supplier in the world.  That is just the level of professionalism that Lifelike embodies.

The instructions are printed on two A4 single-sided sheets in full color.  You get four views to each aircraft.  It is here that you see the unique colors applied to these aircraft.

Fokker D.VII Decals Part 1

Published: April 22nd, 2013     
Fokker D.VII Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Wingnut Wings has singlehandedly sparked a resurgence in WWI large scale kits.  Their quality and engineering have set a standard by which all other model kits, regardless of scale or era, are judged.  Sometimes the biggest problem is what markings to apply – or is it how many kits to buy?  Well, Lifelike can help you with one of those problems and hinder the other.

Lifelike has consistently produced first-rate decals for a variety of aircraft.  This time they have turned their attention to the latest from Wingnut Wings, the Fokker D.VII.  WNW has produced no less than four different versions of the greatest WWI fighter plane, those produced by Fokker, OAW, Albatross, and the Fokker F.  Well, you will need some marking help.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 pages in full color.  The thing I like the most about Lifelike is that they aren’t afraid to tell you when they know something or when they’ve had to make educated guesses.  This means a lot to me.  You don’t have to take their word as gospel.

He-219 Uhu Decals

Published: March 14th, 2013