Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 1

Published: March 21st, 2011     
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 1
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Bombshell Decals are a new product to me. I was pleasantly surprised to find the set I received for review to be very colorful and in good registry and covering two aircraft of one of my favorite modeling subjects, the Republic P-47 D Razorback.

One is an aircraft of the 352 FG at two different periods of World War Two. The main difference between the two is that one has the national insignia with a red border and the other with the blue border plus the number of kills.

The second aircraft is the Belle of Belmont of the 56 FG with invasion stripes, not included on the decal sheet. Both aircraft have the very suggestive and colorful nose art common on warplanes of the era.

The instruction sheet is in full color and showing the port side, top and bottom placement of the decals as well as an FS 595 color guide. Your model kit will provide the required stenciling decals.

I can recommend this decal set to any model builder interested in World War Two markings.

I would like to thank Bombshell Decals for providing the decals and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them for you.

Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes collection part 2

Published: March 9th, 2011     
Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes collection part 2
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

Are you wondering what to do with all your Hasegawa/Airfix Hurricane Mk I's? Well wonder no longer, because Aviaeology's new sheet on the subject solves that problem for you. Vital Storm part 2 is a follow-up to the previously reviewed Vital Storm part 1. Aviaeology provides well researched decals on eight subjects including three alone for Ian Gleed's mounts. Each subject is complete with narratives on time period and painting suggestions. The instructions and diagrams are provided on three photo copied sheets, but an email request to Aviaelogy will get you a promptly sent color PDF of the instructions which will prove helpful. I especially appreciate the listing of books and accessories that could further aid the modeler in his quest to build the perfect Hurricane. Listed below is a breakdown of the subjects.

Vital Storm - Early Hurricanes Collection Part 1 and Mosquitos - Special Edition - Canadians in Coastal Command

Published: March 4th, 2011     
Vital Storm - Early Hurricanes Collection Part 1 and Mosquitos - Special Edition - Canadians in Coastal Command
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

Editor's note: This review combines two (2) decal sheet products from the manufacturer and this explains the double title. The sets are listed as:Stock #: AOD72007.1 (Hurricanes) and AOD72011 (Mosquitos) and priced at $11.89 and $8.89 respectively. Canadian dollars and US dollars are at approximately par value at this writing.

This is a relatively new company, a Canadian firm that is beginning a line of very high quality decals for various RAF and RCAF subjects. The decals are thin, in perfect register, and very complete, with numerous maintenance and "no step" markings, such as are usually found on Luftwaffe decal sets. Markings are provided for no less than seven different Hurricanes from the Battle of Britain period and shortly after, although roundels and markings are only provided for two aircraft. In addition, an extra sheet is provided with a more subdued shade of red replacing the normal bright red markings. The Mosquito sheet provides one set of roundels, but squadron markings and serials for five different aircraft. These decals should work for any of the 1/72 scale hurricanes and Mosquitoes that are available today.

AV-8B Harrier Plus

Published: February 26th, 2011     
AV-8B Harrier Plus
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

This decal sheet initially has you scratching your head about whose sheet it really is. It's a SuperScale International sheet, with Squadron Products logo on the bottom of it, and it's printed by Cartograf ion Italy. It doesn't really matter, because it is a really well done sheet. It features markings for two very colorful Harriers. The VMA-214 bird bears Pappy Boyington's markings and is in a different than normal two tone grey scheme, FS36118 and FS35237 with a black fin and black wing tanks. The VMA-211 bird is in the same two tone grey scheme with a bright red fin trimmed in yellow. The instruction sheet is in full color, which is a nice touch, and there are enough stencil data to allow you to do both aircraft. You have to really pay attention to all of the marginal notes, because all of the marking data is on one side of the crowded instruction sheet. The other side of the instruction sheet is one half showing the two aircraft in profile and the other half showing seven future decal releases.

Fw 190 Doras

Published: February 7th, 2011     
Fw 190 Doras
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Editor: Features the Russian captured D-9, "White 16" II./JG 301, "Black 4" W. Nr. 400271 III./JG 2 and "White 15" W. Nr. 600651

Just when you thought you had seen every marking scheme for Fw 190D9's, Jerry Crandall comes out with a new book on the Dora and decals for newly discovered aircraft.

This sheet contains markings for four different aircraft, one of which was a captured aircraft used by the Russians   The other three bear non-standard colors and markings, which was not at all unusual during the late stages of the Spring of 1945, right at the end of the war.

These decals are in keeping with the usual high quality research of Eagle Editions and are perfectly in register, as printed by Cartograf of Italy.

By the way, if you want some good reading and an excellent reference to add to your reference collection, get FW 190 Dora Volume Two, published by Eagle Editions, Ltd. It will give you even more info on these four aircraft.

My thanks to IPMS/USA, EagleCals for allowing me to review the decals and to Jerry Crandall for his continued support of IPMS and our hobby.

 

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