Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

"YOU'RE CLEARED IN HOT!" USAF OV-10A Bronco FACs in the Vietnam War

Published: October 25th, 2015     
"YOU'RE CLEARED IN HOT!"  USAF OV-10A Bronco FACs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: usually focusing on Marine Air, but in this case, on USAF OV-10A’s…We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (…and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery focusing on USAF Broncos from various units in country during the Vietnam war.

Also included with this release is the Stencil set 32007 for the High-visibility OV-10’s flow by the USAF. Differences from others include the red turbine warning stripe on the nacelles, in addition to the prop warning stripe. That, and a lot of artwork on spinners including easter egg colors, white stars on a blue spinner, etc… From the AoA website:

Bronco Airframe Stencils (2) USAF OV-10A Broncos (High-Viz)

Published: October 23rd, 2015     
Bronco Airframe Stencils (2) USAF OV-10A Broncos (High-Viz)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: New on the block, and focusing on Marine Air … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (…and the usual sincere appreciation also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery providing stencil markings for USAF OV-10A’s; from their website, here’s what is on the sheet:

“This sheet provides complete OV-10A Bronco airframe stencils for one aircraft in the original USAF blue-grey FAC camouflage scheme.

Optional one piece wing walkway decal

Intruders from the Sea - USN/USMC A-6A/B & KA-6D Intruder Units in Vietnam

Published: October 11th, 2015     
Intruders from the Sea - USN/USMC A-6A/B & KA-6D Intruder Units in Vietnam
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48992
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

About the Company

AOA is a new decal company and they are purpose driven. AOA’s goal was to fill the gap of a lack of decals for Marine aircraft on the aftermarket scene and boy what a way to make an entrance by continuing to go the distance on the 1/32 Trumpeter A-6 model. For those of you looking for Marine markings in all 3 scales they should be added to your list.

What’s on the Sheet?

This particular set is extremely large and I can tell you that you will have a lot of spares for future projects. Spread over four large sheet are 16 aircraft schemes covering 4 USN/USMC aircraft from the Vietnam War covering the years of 1967-1973.

The aircraft covered are as followed:

USN F-14A/B/D Tomcat Grim Reapers VF-101 Decal

Published: October 10th, 2015     
USN F-14A/B/D Tomcat Grim Reapers VF-101 Decal
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: DXM Decals

About the Company

DXM, which stands for Double Excellent Models, was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010 covering a broad range of aircraft, including an extensive list of Japanese air command meets.  

What’s on the Sheet?

This sheet covers fabled Grim Reapers squadron of VF-101,, previously of VF-52. This is a surprising feat as the Navy usually does not rename squadrons after disestablished units. The Grim Reapers operated primarily the F-14 Tomcat and has recently converted to the F-35C at Eglin AFB Florida. The aircraft covered are as followed:

"You’re Cleared in Hot" USAF OV-10A Bronco FACs in Vietnam

Published: October 10th, 2015     
"You’re Cleared in Hot" USAF OV-10A Bronco FACs in Vietnam
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

About the Company

AOA is a new decal company that for the most part specializes in aircraft from the Vietnam War era. I have reviewed their items in the past and I have always been highly impressed with the quality and the subjects that they are covering.

What’s on the Sheet?

This particular set covers one of my favorite aircraft, the OV-10 Bronco. The twin-boom Bronco has had a long and proud career that has spanned over 50 years now and is still in limited service to this day. Reliability, ease of operation and maintenance has made this aircraft a fond machine among pilots and air crew charged with maintaining it.

This decal set covers about 16 aircraft from 4 different TASS squadrons and you will have enough decals and stencil data to build 2 complete aircraft.

The decals cover the aircraft from the 19-23rd Tactical Air Support Squadrons (TASS)

The decals are extremely small (as they should be for this scale), bright and colorful with no carrier film, AOA has made it a point to produce the best quality decals in the business so it’s a no brainer to entrust Cartograf as so many other companies have.