Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-4C/F-16C 50 Years of YGBSM

Published: August 14th, 2016     
F-4C/F-16C 50 Years of YGBSM
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This sheet of markings was put out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wild Weasel missions. To make it an even better set, they brought back the markings from their “First of the Weasels” set. Markings for the external weapons and pods are also included so you can model the F-16 as it looked when it was rolled out for the anniversary.

The F-16C block 50 represented is:

  • SN 92-0920, 20th Fighter Wing, June 5, 2015, 50th Anniversary WW

Here is a list of the F-4s. They are from the 18th TFW Nov 1972:

  1. 64-0840, “Super Cocks Swiss Samlar”
  2. 63-7474, “Brain Damage”
  3. 63-7470, “Rub-A-Dub-Dub”
  4. 63-0791, “Squirrely Bird”
  5. 63-7423,”Jail Bait”

I’ve always been impressed by the different anniversary paint schemes that all of the services put on a selected aircraft. It makes for a nice eye catching display instead of everything being all drab and plain. This aircraft truly is an eye catcher with that weasel on the tail. It will make a nice addition in my display case.

F-16C Block 50 – 50 Years of YGBSM

Published: August 11th, 2016     
F-16C Block 50 – 50 Years of YGBSM
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/32
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering an anniversary scheme for the “Wild Weasel” squadrons, currently flying F-16s. The markings include a very prominent weasel carrying a lightning bolt in the rudder.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) includes color call-outs in: FS standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. This makes finding the right paint color a breeze.

The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too. As a “bonus” stencils are provided for AIM-9X, AIM-120, AGM-88, plus ALQ-184 ECM and AN/AAQ-33 targeting pods

A word of caution which hopefully will minimize confusion: the instruction sheet lists a 1/48th Tamiya for this decal set. That is a typo. The size of the decals is clearly for a 1/32nd scale model.

Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing looking Wild Weasel F-16C.

I would like to thank Two Bobs decals and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Air Wing All Stars - Tomcats Part One

Published: August 10th, 2016     
Air Wing All Stars - Tomcats Part One
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball decals continues their “AirWing All Star” series and this decal sheet features 7 (seven!) CAG F-14, with enough national markings and stencils for two airframes. However if you use the markings and stencils from the original decal sheet you can make a very large group of models.

These are the airframes included

  • F-14A 159631, VF-24, USS Constellation, 1976
  • F-14A 160393, VF-84, USS Nimitz, 1978
  • F-14A 161134 (TARPS), VF-101, NAS Oceana, 1982
  • F-14A 160666, VF-111, USS Kitty Hawk, 1983
  • F-14A 159825, VF-114, USS Enterprise, 1984
  • F-14A 159446, VF-142, USS America, 1977
  • F-14A 158621, VF-124, NAS Miramar, 1974

The airframes are a combination of overall grey, with others being with lower surfaces in white. Some radomes are tan, others are grey. All of them have colorful fins.

Cartograph has printed the decal sheet, and you get what you expect: thin, glossy and in perfect register printing. While I have not used this particular decal sheet I do expect the color density to be excellent.

Lo-Viz Devil Dog Scooters

Published: August 10th, 2016     
Lo-Viz Devil Dog Scooters
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball decals has scaled down their decal sheet for the Low Viz and Camouflaged Scooters to cater to the 1/72nd scale crowd and what a decal sheet! It has a total of 16 (!) different profiles and enough stencils and national markings to complete two airframes.

However, if you use the markings and stencils from the original decal sheet you can make a very large group of models.

These are the airframes included

B-1B Modern Day Bones

Published: July 29th, 2016     
B-1B Modern Day Bones
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs decals provides some nice aftermarket decal options for the venerable (and gigantic) 1/48 Revell B-1B, presenting current day –at time of writing- markings for the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber as follow:

  • B-1B S/N 85-0089 489th Bomb Group, Dyess AFB, TX (2015)
  • B-1B S/N 85-0077 77th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV (2015)

Both of them are finished in overall Gunship Gray (FS36118). Instructions include color stock number for Federal Standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. The instructions are printed in color with very clearly indicated call out for the location of all the decals, including stencils.

The decals were designed by Twobobs and printed in