Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85, Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85,  Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Profile Publications

This is a Dutch product, dealing with some Dutch aircraft using the orange triangle marking during the early part of World War II.   Two, the Dornier DO-215B-2 and the Brewster B340 Bermuda, were apparently ordered but never delivered, so they become part of the "What If?" category, much like Luft 46.  The others, including the DeHavilland DH-85, Ryan STM, Martin B-10, Consolidated PBY-5, and Douglas DB-7, were actually delivered and used, at least at the beginning of World War II. Some of the Ryans, by the way, were evacuated to Australia in 1942, and I had the opportunity to fly in one of the survivors, then privately owned, while I was in Sydney  in 1962. Therefore, I've got to build that one when I get another MPM kit.

EagleCal Decals - FW-190A's

Published: October 12th, 2010     
EagleCal Decals - FW-190A's
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The early FW-190As have been overlooked in large scale, that is until Pacific Coast Models released theirs. Now the modeler can build any one of the early short-nosed 190As. Eagle Editions is well known for Luftwaffe reference material, excellent resin and decals. This release is no different.

Designed for the Pacific Coast early Focke Wulfs, these decals are printed in perfect register by Cartograf. I've come to regard Cartograf as THE best decals in the world; certainly the best I've used. They are thin and react well with all known setting solutions. 

There are two decal sheets; one that contains the individual markings for the aircraft, and one sheet of stencils and 'common' decals such as the crosses. 

The instructions are printed on double sided 11 x 17 heavy gloss paper, and profile views of all four aircraft are included. One side consists of a diagram of the stencils. There is a page of color call outs which also include references, so you can look up the actual aircraft.  Don't have those references? Well Eagle Editions includes a single-sided 8x10 page with black and white reference photos of two of the aircraft

E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120

Published: October 11th, 2010     
E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bingo Decals

On the heels of their earlier releases, Bingo Decals has released an all new sheet that includes selected markings from VAW-120 "Greyhawks" and VAW 117 "Wallbangers".

Printed by Micro Scale, these are of the same excellent quality as those previously reviewed on this site. This particular sheet contains markings for 5 aircraft and 2 of them are the "salad shooter" style prop blades. They come nicely packaged in a large see through envelope and are exceptionally well done. I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the sheets with respect to the size and complexity vary. Still, in all, they are well worth the price of admission.

Most highly recommended.

Many thanks to Steve Ognibene of Bingo Decals for the review samples.

F-5E Nellis and PACAF "Gomer" Aggressors

Published: September 26th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis and PACAF "Gomer" Aggressors
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The Northrop F-5E found a home with both the USAF and USN as a dissimilar air combat training aircraft, more commonly known as an Aggressor or Top Gun Adversary aircraft. A former brother-in-law of mine was kind enough to invite me to Nellis AFB in the late 1980's as he was going through his Aggressor pilot training before being posted to Bentwaters, UK. Getting a chance to see a group of "cheap" F-5E's "shoot down" a flight of F-15's was quite an impressive achievement, but then that was the purpose of these highly trained adversary pilots, to teach tactics used by Eastern Bloc pilots and their satellite air forces. I previously was a big fan of the uniquely painted aircraft and getting to see them in person and watch them in action just solidified my interest in them. (Yes, I know that the 527th patch is USAFE based, but I didn't have a 26th AS patch in my collection).

P-38 Lightning Wicked Women Decals

Published: September 25th, 2010     
P-38 Lightning Wicked Women Decals
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Two aircraft are represented on this sheet of decals for the P-38J aircraft for the 9th Air Force, and as the title sheet suggests, nose art of wicked women. One set for the 402nd Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group flown by Lt. Ian B. Mackenzie with D-Day invasion stripes. His nose art is the "Vivacious Virgin II". The second choice is for the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group flown by Lt. Charles B. Ray sporting "San Antonio Rose" for his nose art.

These are very nice decals produced for the P-38 Lightning. There are two complete sets of decals here including the stenciling. Three sets of national insignia are provided, one being in a faded blue. There is no need to cut around the solid color decals and some of the stenciling, since there isn't any to be found. The decals are thin and shouldn't sit in the water too long to soften up.