Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-14 Bombcat Weapons Decal Set

Published: February 5th, 2017     
F-14 Bombcat Weapons Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

So, you want to build an F-14 Bombcat in 1/72nd scale and you look at the kit and the weapons look plain. You look at the real items and they have markings all over them. What to do, what to do. The fine people at Furball have you covered in spades with the issue of set 72-006 which includes markings for 84 different things that go under the wings. Inside the set, you get a wonderful, large decals sheet in excellent register printed by Cartograf. The remaining three pages are detailed marking and painting instructions for both active and inert weapons. All paint colors are denoted in FS format. Alternate colors are also mentioned in notes for each weapon. All the instructions are also in color which is a great help.

There are decals for each of the weapons listed below.

F-5E/F and T-38A TOPGUN Tigers and Talons

Published: February 5th, 2017     
F-5E/F and T-38A TOPGUN Tigers and Talons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48 & 1:72
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The movie Top Gun, love it or hate it, raised a lot of interest in the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and that interest was not lost on modelers with the markings of the Adversary planes standing out. Furball has given us an enormous sheet of markings covering twenty-two different schemes covering both the F-5E, F-5F and the T-38A between 1976 and 1986. There are options for twelve F-5Es, four F-5Fs, and six T-38s. As noted in the header, there are separate sheets for the 1/48th and 1/72nd scale planes and both cover the same subject. AND, there are complete markings for all 22 planes!

Here's a complete rundown of the aircraft that are included in this set:

USN F-14 Tomcats Colors & Markings Part III

Published: January 15th, 2017     
USN F-14 Tomcats Colors & Markings Part III
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball; a dogfighters' term for a fighter-themed modeling company. We sincerely appreciate Furball Aero-Design's support of IPMS USA and their providing one more of their great products for review. And thanks to the reviewer corps leaders for sending this set to me to review!

This set provides markings for nine early-model F-14A's from the Bicentennial era:

Combat Scooters (2) USN/USMC A-4E/ A 4F Skyhawks in the Vietnam War and Skyhawk Airframe Stencils, A-4E, A-4F, & A-4M

Published: January 14th, 2017     
Combat Scooters (2)  USN/USMC A-4E/ A 4F Skyhawks in the Vietnam War and Skyhawk Airframe Stencils, A-4E, A-4F, & A-4M
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

NOTE: 32-012 MSRP is $11.00

When I received these decals, I had the greatest of intentions to do a review of the decals actually applied to my finished Trumpeter A-4E. Best laid plans are often exactly that, and I have to apologize for this not being that type of review. My poor A-4E is still sitting on the side of my work area crying to be finished. Life and time often get in the way of our modeling dreams and goals.

These decals, printed by Cartograf, are some of the finest I have ever seen and you actually get a bonus in having AOA decals 32-012, Skyhawk Airframe stencils, included with the purchase.

The airframe decals consists of two sheets. One includes all of the unit markings and fin flashes and rudder markings, and the second sheet contains all of the aircraft numbers, ship names and Navy and Marine markings. There are markings for a total of nine aircraft and are intended for the Trumpeter 1/32nd scale A-4E and F kits. Sadly, there is not a short history of any of the aircraft contained on the sheets.

USN/USMC Tailhook Striping

Published: December 22nd, 2016