Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

North American P-51 Mustang Pt. 4

Published: July 24th, 2016     
North American P-51 Mustang Pt. 4
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Likelike Decals from Japan just released a few new sheets, and this one covers the P-51 Mustang.

As soon as I opened the standard ziplock plastic bag, I realized the contents were well above ‘standard.’ Along with a full color placement guide, there are SEVERAL sheets of decals in this package. One full page of decals, printed by Microscale, contains most of the individual markings and a full set of stencils. Another ½ page, printed by Cartograf, has the unique “tiger stripe” pattern of camouflage bands unique to one of the subject aircraft (along with extra decal printed in the same color). Another ½ page, printed by Microscale, contains a few extra markings, as well as two sets of National Insignia. Finally, there is a small fourth sheet that has 3 variations of one of the personal insignia. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a small, self-adhesive sheet with a printed stencil that allows the modeler to paint the background of one of the personal insignia (instead of using the full decal).

The 4 markings options are:

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 9 Decals

Published: July 20th, 2016     
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 9 Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Likelike Decals from Japan just released a few new sheets, and this one covers the P-47D Thunderbolt. Having just reviewed the Mustang sheet released at the same time, you will find some similar comments in this review!

This is yet another example of Lifelike providing a comprehensive set of contents in a standard Ziploc decal bag. Along with a full color placement guide, there is one full page of decals, printed by Microscale, that contains most of the individual markings and a full set of stencils. There is an additional ½ page, also printed by Microscale, containing at least two sets of national insignia (including the oversized stars and bars common on the underside of both wings of some P-47s). Finally, there is a small third sheet, printed by Cartograph, that contains the personal insignia for each aircraft.

The 3 markings options are:

F-5E/F Canopy Frame Decals

Published: July 10th, 2016     
F-5E/F Canopy Frame Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

New on the scene, at least to this modeler, is the availability of canopy frame decals for modern jet aircraft. Close examination of many modern jet canopies and windscreen reveals a thin line between the clear and the subjects primary paint color. Often times a model omits replicating that detail, and occasionally modelers will attempt to replicate with paint or colored decal strips.

Furball brings a simpler, yet more elegant solution:

Purpose-fit decals to replicate those thin lines. Picking up where canopy masks leave off, the Furball canopy frame decals provide a precise, crisp, easy-to-use solution. Furball Aero-Design delivers well with its 1/48 set designed for AFV Club’s F-5E/F Tiger II kits.

F-15C Fresno Repo Eagles

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-15C Fresno Repo Eagles
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Designed to fulfill the US Air Force’s 1968 requirement for a lightweight air superiority fighter, the F-15 Eagle has arguably been the most successful and dominant air-to-air fighter since its entry into operational service in 1975. Even after over 40 years of exceptional performance and the emergence of the F-22 Raptor, the F-15 is expected to remain in service well into the 21st Century.

In recent years, F-15C’s have served as aggressor aircraft in dissimilar air combat training at Nellis AFB, NV. With size and performance comparable to Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft, F-15’s painted in Russian color schemes and employing Russian combat tactics have been a familiar training foe for hundreds of allied pilots. Recently the 65th Aggressor squadron was inactivated, and its F-15 aircraft were transferred to various USAF Air National Guard (ANG) squadrons. One recipient unit was 144th Fighter Wing of the California ANG, replacing their F-16Cs. Several of these aircraft carried the aggressor paint scheme, which will be replaced by the traditional Mod Eagle scheme during the next scheduled depot maintenance cycle.

F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Developed in the 1970’s and first fielded in the early 1980’s as the US Air Force’s lightweight multi-role fighter-bomber to replace the F-4 Phantom and A-7D Corsair II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon established itself as one of the most capable, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft in US Air Force history. One of the specialized roles the F-16C inherited from the F-4 was that of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) - in Air Force parlance known as “Wild Weasel.” F-16C Block 50 and 52 aircraft equipped as Wild Weasels began production in 1991, and still serve as USAF’s primary SEAD platform. Since the inception of the Weasel mission in 1965, the unofficial motto of Weasel crews has been “You Gotta Be S(poofin’) Me” (the polite version), or just “YGBSM.”