Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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:

White Knights - T-38A/AT-38B

Published: July 9th, 2014     
White Knights - T-38A/AT-38B
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Wolfpack issued their 1/48 T-38 kit to nice reviews, and Furball Aero-Designs has issued a sheet of 11 mostly-white Talons. Included are 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheets in color with profiles of the planes as well as color call outs and decal placements. The last side has stencil placements with top and bottom shots. The decal sheet is the same size and is beautifully printed by Cartograph. Included are the stencils and marking for two aircraft.

The markings included are all USAF and are:

Korean War MiG-15s

Published: July 1st, 2014     
Korean War MiG-15s
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

The latest 1/48 scale decal set available from Iliad Design provides markings for seven different Korean War-era MiG-15s. The instruction sheet clearly shows six aircraft, but modelers do have the option of doing a seventh (I’ll explain below). Markings are included for four (or five) natural metal and two camouflaged aircraft flown by North Korean, Chinese and Russian pilots. Note that unlike some aftermarket decal companies that provide a variety of unique markings for different aircraft but only one set of national markings, Iliad includes enough national insignias to do all of the aircraft on this sheet. This makes Iliad Design’s modest retail price a real bargain.

The options are:

8th Air Force THUNDERBOLTS Part 2

Published: June 27th, 2014     
8th Air Force THUNDERBOLTS Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian company that has added three more 1:72 scale Republic P-47D decal sets to their growing line.  Set # LPM72-15 provides markings for three Razorback Thunderbolts of the 8th Air Force.  The set includes three small decal sheets that provide all of the unique markings for the three aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data to do all three.

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 and, like other Microscale decals, 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: