Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

OV-10A/B, "DA NANG WAR HORSES USAF/USMC OV-10A Broncos in the Vietnam War"

Published: October 2nd, 2015     
OV-10A/B, "DA NANG WAR HORSES USAF/USMC OV-10A Broncos in the Vietnam War"
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 thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery focusing on one  Marine and one USAF Bronco with two different schemes operating out of Danang AB in South Vietnam.   I utilized the Marine decals… NOTE!  This sheet includes only the major airframe details for the two subject aircraft.  From their website:  “This small 1/32 decal sheet includes two Marine VMO-2 aircraft, one from 1969 and the other from 1970; and the USAF 20th TASS CO's "famous" shark-mouthed Lois Little, which can be depicted from different time periods in 1972 (although a third option is also possible). “

F/A-18C/D Miramar MAGTF Hornets

Published: October 1st, 2015     
F/A-18C/D Miramar MAGTF Hornets
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run custom decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life. Two-Bobs decals usually sell out very well and since they’re limited run subjects they are not available for reprint. 

What’s on the Sheet?

This particular sheet covers the Miramar Hornets of VMFA-225 and VMFA-232.

The aircraft covered are as followed:

  • F/A-18D VMFA-225 Vikings Miramar Airbase, San Diego Ca
  • F/A-18C VMFA-225 Red Devils Miramar Airbase, San Diego Ca

The decals are extremely bright, colorful, and there looks to be no carrier film. Using Microscale Industries to handle their printing needs, you are getting what you paid for with live colors, quality, and accuracy. The decal placement guide has specifically stated that Micro-Sol and Micro-Set should be used with these decals, so no objections from me.

Mk. 20 Rockeye Stencils

Published: September 21st, 2015     
Mk. 20 Rockeye Stencils
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

One thing that has been overlooked by some manufacturers is markings for the weapons they include in their kits. They are sometimes afterthoughts or incomplete and a few are actually not bad, but seeing a beautifully built plane with average weapons kills the mood. AOA Decals has started a trend to fix that with their release 32009 for Mk. 20 Rockeye cluster combs.

Inside the package is a two-sided color sheet detailing the markings with notes for the Mk. 20 and a small decal sheet containing enough markings for four bombs total. One really thoughtful note is that the yellow-stenciled markings are presented with variations compared to each other so that each set is slightly unique, which will give you a nice variation and a more realistic weapon.  There are also alternate double stripes denoting a thermally coated casing.  The inspection windows are also provided as decals.

Type 97 Fighters Part 2

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Type 97 Fighters Part 2
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Lifelike Decals

This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (code-named “Nate” by the Allies). The sheet provides markings for seven diffe