Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Intruders from the Sea

Published: October 25th, 2016     
Intruders from the Sea
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

Thank you to AOA Decals for sending these excellent decals for review, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community. AOA Decals is a new company providing thoroughly researched decals emphasizing USN and USMC subjects, particularly of the Vietnam era.

Angle of Attack Decals, The Intruders' Sandbox

Published: October 24th, 2016     
Angle of Attack Decals, The Intruders' Sandbox
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

Thank you to AOA Decals for sending these excellent decals for review, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community. AOA Decals is a new company providing thoroughly researched decals emphasizing USN and USMC subjects, particularly of the Vietnam era.

Trainers No More: Trojans at War: T-28B/C/D Trojans in the Vietnam War

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
Trainers No More:  Trojans at War: T-28B/C/D Trojans in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Initially focusing on Marine Air, AoA now branches out to other services and nationalities, in this case the T-28B/C/D, armed COIN (COunter INsurgency) ground attack aircraft...We sincerely appreciate their sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (...and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for providing me them to review)

This sheet Follows AoA's standard of releasing several interesting subjects with ability to model at least two aircraft; in this case, decals for 18 different aircraft are provided. Printed by Microscale, the colors were aligned and spot-on; density was not a problem, and unlike other aftermarket decals, were very flexible. As much as I like a certain other company's products, they sometimes are rather thick and require a firm hand plus solvent to snuggle to detail. Microscale does not have this problem, and the adhesive properties plus flexibility mean they stay in place.

"Midway Madness" USN & USMC SBD-2 Dauntless #2106

Published: September 8th, 2016     
"Midway Madness" USN & USMC SBD-2 Dauntless #2106
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

This is the first Yellow-Wings product I have had the pleasure of reviewing, and my initial reactions were very positive.

The focus of this company is on USN, USMC and USAAC subjects from the 1930-42 era, and this one falls right in line. This particular set provides markings for one specific aircraft, SBD-2 Dauntless #2106, during 5 phases of its lifetime. The standard ziplock bag contents consist of a stiff cardboard, full-color "title board", 5 double-sided instruction pages (printed in black & white and color), and 2 full pages of decal sheets printed by Microscale. This is the 1/48th scale set, and there is also one available in 1/32.

The five different schemes for Dauntless #2106 provided are:

F-15C Digital Remix

Published: September 8th, 2016     
F-15C Digital Remix
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

The Aggressors are used to simulate potential enemy aircraft. The 65th Aggressor Squadron painted up their aircraft to visually look like the enemy aircraft. In this case they took on the look of the Su-27.

The decals and instructions are included in a zip lock bag. The instructions are included on a double-sided 8.5 x 11 high quality paper. Both sides of the four aircraft are shown. On the front of the instructions are the left and right side with the individual aircraft peculiarity. As is typical of the level of research that Two Bobs does the instructions give you the FS numbers of the paint scheme and the modifications necessary to make your kit accurate. The back of the instructions gives the color cross-reference for Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylic.