Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Swedish National Insignia

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/72 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Tunnan), Special Hobby (J 9, J 28, J J 21 and J 21R), and Airfix (J 8 Gladiator, J 26 Mustang, J 28 Vampire, and S 31 Spitfire). See the table, below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

Swedish National Insignia, New Issue

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia, New Issue
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/48 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Lansen and Viggen), Special Hobby (He 115), and Pilot Replicas (Saab J-21). See the table below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What-If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

AH-1Z Vipers Den

Published: August 22nd, 2015     
AH-1Z Vipers Den
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Werners Wings

The Kitty Hawk AH-1Z was ready for decals. 

So, on to WW Decals 48-08.  One word of caution; decide which aircraft you want to model BEFORE you paint!  Floyd gives you eight different choices of aircraft, and there is something different about the color demarcation lines or non-skid paint or patches of other color paint on each aircraft.  I didn’t have that forethought, so the end result was there was one aircraft that I could depict, and that was NO. 41 of HMM-268 (REIN).  The sheet also contains two sets of common markings.

Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Delta One Decals

With the release of the Revell-Germany Bf-109G-6 and G-10 Erla it is just natural to want to put markings on them that aren’t included in the box.  

Delta One has been providing some unique looking 109s on their decal sheets and this one is no different.  The Croatians had a staffel similar to the Spanish staffel in JG-52.  They were proud and carried the   This decal sheet provides markings for seven aircraft, six G-6s and one G-5.  Most of the aircraft sported the “Flying or Winged chessboard” on both sides of the fuselage.  

The decals are printed on a 6x5 sheet with an additional separate sheet containing one chevron.  The swastikas are broken down into two parts.  There is a variety of the Flying chessboard.  Interestingly is that the lack of standard markings.  Typically a unit would have the same size and same color markings but that is not the case with the Croats.  The decals are in perfect register.  The one chevron does not have a white outline which is why there is a correction sheet.  

F-16C Florida Makos

Published: August 9th, 2015     
F-16C Florida Makos
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Caracal Models

In 2014, the 482 Fighter Wing painted up one of its F-16C’s to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The jet was decorated with a mako shark motif including a shark mouth on the intake, a shark head on the forward fuselage and a shark fin on the vertical tail. The motif was created by modifying the standard F-16 scheme to incorporate the shark design.

Caracal Decals has recreated these markings on sheet 72033 allowing us to depict this unique aircraft. The sheet includes a full set of markings for the jet including the shark fin for the vertical tail, the pectoral fins for the ventral fins and the stylized shark head for the forward fuselage along with the serial numbers, tail codes and the Florida Makos legend on the tail, as well as the standard inflight refueling markings, national insignia and basic stencils. The decals are designed for Tamiya’s new F-16C kit, however, as I had already started my Tamiya F-16 as a Wild Weasel F-16CJ, I substituted an Italeri F-16C from my stash and other than having to shorten the decals for the ventral fins a little bit, the decals fit the Italeri kit as if they were made for it.