Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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     
He-219 Uhu Decals
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Thanks first to Judy and Jerry Crandall of Eagle Editions for providing IPMS USA these great decals; as fellow IPMS members, we always appreciate your support by providing us review items!

If you have never used Eaglecal decals before, now is your opportunity.  The Revell Uhu is an absolutely fantastic build, and the kit decal sheet is comprehensive.  However, Eaglecals has decided to provide more options, as usual…and very well done indeed they are!

Three aircraft are included in this decal sheet: an He-219A-0 (which will require a bit of antenna scratchbuilding on the Revell kit to depict the additional radar array), an He-219A-7 with a bit of different camo on the upper side (RLM 76 mottling over RLM 75, with RLM 76 lower surfaces), and an He-219A-2 with RLM 76 uppersurfaces, RLM 75 mottling, and satin black undersurfaces.

He-219 Uhu Decals

Published: February 20th, 2013     
He-219 Uhu Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The Tamiya He-219 is the standard for 1/48th scale models of this airplane.  However, marking options have been a little sparse for this kit.  Eagle Cal has released a new sheet that covers the three basic paint schemes seen on the Uhu. This set is released in conjunction the Eagle Cals 1/32nd scale decals covering the same aircraft.  The 1/48th scale decals cover the A-0, A-7, and the A-2 versions.  To build the A-0 and A-2 versions, the modeler would be advised to get the Vector resin conversion set, also available from Eagle Editions.

The decals are printed on a 5 x 5½ inch sheet.  The decals don’t indicate who did them, but they look the same quality as Microscale.  These aircraft are as colorful as the real aircraft.  Most He-219s were fairly plain-looking, but that was norm for this airplane.  They typically hade either RLM 75 tops with RLM 76 squiggle pattern or dots over it.  The undersurfaces can be either RLM 76 or RLM 22 Black.  Some have the lower right wing painted black as well.

Fw-190A Stencil Decals

Published: February 19th, 2013     
Fw-190A Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

It comes as no surprise that I love the Eduard Fw-190A series of kits.  Having had the pleasure of building quite a few of them, I have often remarked at the quality of the decals.  These decals are printed by Eduard and typical of Eduard’s quality; these decals are actually as good as any other aftermarket decal in the world.  They rival the quality of Cartograf.

The stencil decal themselves are all contained on a 4” x 3 ¾” decal sheet.  The decals are crisp, perfectly printed, and in perfect register.  They are suitably thin with minimal carrier film.  One of the nice things is that the decals have wing walk areas in grey and black.  There are options throughout the sheet, like the two different versions of black and two white versions of Nicht anfassen on the sheet.  The landing gear servicing stencil is also provided in two styles.

I’ve used these decals on all the kits that have included them and they go on perfectly.  They are well printed and react well with Microsol and Solvaset.  They settle down in the recesses of the model perfectly.

Bf-109E Stencil Decals

Published: February 19th, 2013     
Bf-109E Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s Bf-109E is a very nice kit.  One of the nicest things about the kit is this additional decal sheet.  Printed by Eduard, the actual sheet is a 3” x 4” sheet of decal film.  There are decals for one complete airplane with all the stencils being included.  You get three Nicht anfassen decals for the ailerons in white and black.  I thought that there should be at least one more for the elevators but Eduard indicates that they are carried on the elevators so that may be an error on my part.

The instructions are on a double-sided half A4 page sheet and are very clear in showing you where the decals belong.  Remember that sometimes the stencils were oversprayed and not every aircraft carries every stencil.  I really liked that Eduard provides you with red and black wing walk areas.

Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Werners Wings

New from Floyd Werner and Werner’s Wings are decals and history for the Night Stalkers, the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (SOAR). This set of decals covers the history of the group from its conception in 1981 through Operation Gothic Serpent in 1993.

The aircraft covered here are H-60's and H-6’s in 1/72 scale. The decals are also offered in 1/35th and 1/48th scales. The decals cover eight markings for the H-6 and 9 markings for the H-60. Each scheme has a specific color guide and also notations about specifics of that particular helicopter. There are notes about antennae locations, markings, and history of all airframes.

The most impressive thing that comes with this set is the specific history of the Night Stalkers. The coverage ranges from its inceptions after the failed attempt to recue the hostages in Iran into combat in Grenada and Operation Prime Chance, protecting oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The history concludes with Operation Gothic Serpent, which was in Somalia. Lastly – and most sobering – is a list of the men who have given all in support of the US and it allies and operations.

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