Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Battle Scooters (2)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Battle Scooters (2)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: AOA Decals

This is the second sheet for the Hasegawa A-4 kit from AOA Decals. Like the others this is thoroughly researched with the help of the A-4 Skyhawk Association, notable pilots and mechanics. Who better to make sure that the markings are correct than the ones that were there?

The A-4 was a workhorse for the Navy and the Marines in Vietnam. As such it was operated from carriers and shore airfields. This sheet covers the Skyhawk from 1966 to 1972. Where a unit used both types or had early and later cruises, AOA selects an aircraft from both time frames.

Battle Scooters (3)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Battle Scooters (3)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

This third sheet by AOA Decals for the A-4 Skyhawk includes markings for twelve Vietnam era aircraft. This sheet is mostly Navy aircraft but there are two Marine aircraft.

The instructions are typical of AOA Decals being stored in a large ziplock bag with four double-sided 8.5x11 pages. Each aircraft is described in detail. The specific updates to the models are included on the first page. This addresses the correct antennas and the things needed to do the model properly. All the aircraft are Light Gull Grey over White but that is the only thing plain about them. They display full color markings from the front to the rear of each aircraft. The last page of the instructions covers the stencil location for both types.

Bf-109G Svaskitas

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Bf-109G Svaskitas
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This small sheet addresses some short comings in kits sold overseas. The lack of swastikas. Now I'm not sure if it is just a typo or a way to get by overseas censors by calling them svastikas versus swastikas.

Either way you know what you are getting. Eduard prints their own decals and these are just perfect. They are printed on a 1.5 x 2.5 inch decal sheet. The decals are very thin and very crisp. You get 12 swastikas in two sizes. The normal Bf-109 sized swaskitas are 300mm. You get eight swastikas in this scaled size. Later in the war there were some slightly larger sized, 400mm, ones used on wooden tails. There are four of these.

The sheet is a good addition if you need some swastikas for your Bf-109 for your Bf-109G. Your F and E are available on other sheet. Those may have a white surround but these do not.

Enough decals are included to do six aircraft. So if you need svastikas or swastikas these are available. They are perfectly thin and react will with setting solutions. This is another great product from Eduard.

Highly recommended

F-16A La Vipera

Published: February 25th, 2017     
F-16A La Vipera
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

The F-16 is one of the sexiest aircraft ever made. The early aircraft were even more impressive before all of the bumps and bulges were added to later variants.

Like Salma Hayek in 'From Dusk to Dawn' the only way to make it even sexier is to wrap it in a snake. The Italians did this in April 2010 at Cervia AB, Italy. Sure it is a special paint scheme but what a great marking option. The aircraft itself is only painted in two colors FS36231 and FS36118 which makes for a pretty dark aircraft but add to that the bright yellow, purple and black Viper to it just makes it awesome.

Inside a 6x9 inch, zip lock bag is a double-sided high-quality paper printed in full-color instructions. The instructions show all four sides of the actual aircraft, along with the drop tank markings.

DOGS OF WAR (1) US Army/USAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: February 19th, 2017     
DOGS OF WAR (1) US Army/USAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Been around about a year, and now we know they are focusing on Vietnam War subjects ... 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 set is extremely useful in that it includes a bunch of USAF and US Army stencil and non-stencil markings, in both blue and black, in this case sized for the Roden 1/32 O-1/L-19. You have many options for use, and these are well researched and provide (1) different choices for YOUR model, and (2) provide an alternative to the (frequently) not-so-good kit decal performance.

A set of airframe stencils in included for one model, along with national insignia. When done, you'll have a lot of numbers and USAF/US ARMY notations for use on your 1/32 snakes and Hueys... at least that's my plan, as the old Revell kit decals are looking a bit worn in the box.