Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Air Wing All-Stars-Tomcats Part One

Published: September 6th, 2016     
Air Wing All-Stars-Tomcats Part One
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The F-14 has no shortage of kits in 1/48th scale and with the impending release coming from Tamiya the Tomcat will likely become a more popular model on the tables. The Tomcat is not a stranger to colorful markings. Furball Aero-Design has released another great sheet for the Tomcat.

The Air Wing All-Stars Part One has options for seven F-14As, all of them colorful. Typical of Furball decals the decals are sealed in a large ziplock bag. Inside the bag are the instructions printed in full color on three sheets of 8.5x11 high quality print stock. These instructions are easy enough to follow with no issues noted. All the aircraft have profile views of the left side and where there are differences between sides this is noted. Plan views are included on a side to themselves. The final sheet is designed just for the stencils and will be a great reference for the modeler.

F-16C Blk 50-50 Years of YGBSM

Published: September 5th, 2016     
F-16C Blk 50-50 Years of YGBSM
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Wild Weasel. The name alone conjures up thoughts of F-100 and F-105 in Vietnam and F-4G Phantoms in Desert Storm. The pilots who fly these specialized missions walk around with their cajones in a wheel barrel. It is hard to believe that this mission has been around for 50 years.

As is often with these events, an aircraft is painted in a special scheme. The Wild Weasels are no different, only the aircraft is different now, the F-16. This decal sheet depicts this special aircraft of the 20th Fighter Wing on June 20, 2015. Serial number 92-0920 displayed a rather dramatic full color weasel on the tail holding a lightning bolt it’s gloved hand.

The aircraft features an ECM pod on its centerline station along with the latest versions of the AGM-88 HARM missiles on the outer most pylons. Various jammers are inboard of the HARM missiles. Inboard of that are the 370 Gallon drop tanks. The SNniper pod is mounted on the chin as is the HTS pod. AMRAAMs and Sidewinder Xs complete the loadout. All the missiles are CATM types, inert with full electronics used for training the systems.

Growler Anthology - Part II

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Growler Anthology - Part II
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The EA-16G has taken over from the EA-6 and as such it has all the colorful markings that the Prowlers had.

One of the things I love about Furball’s decal sheet is the amount of choices you are given on each sheet. This sheet is no different. There are SIXTEEN Growlers included in this release. Not only do you get 15 US Navy Growlers you also get the markings for an Australian one. Some of these Growlers are quite colorful, so the problem may be which one do you choose. Besides the 16 aircraft you also get enough stencils for TWO aircraft.

Bombcat Weapons Set

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Bombcat Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The Tomcat has to be one of the most famous aircraft of the Navy. Thanks to movies like ‘Top Gun’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ the shape of the large fighter is ingrained in history. What isn’t as well known is that the cat changed its spots late in its service. No longer the pure fleet fighter, but relegated to the role of fighter bomber. It actually excelled in this role as the F-14D Bombcat. The aircraft was capable of carrying every form of bomb and missile that the Navy had at its disposal. That is where this sheet comes into its own.