Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Moon Bus Decal Set

Published: November 14th, 2010     
Moon Bus Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/55
Company: TSDS

TSDS makes products designed for the Sci-Fi modeler and the decal set for the Moebius Moon Bus is just one example of the excellent quality for which TSDS is known.

The decals are advertised as color water-slide decals and indeed they are both colorful and use the traditional dunk-and-slide application technique.

The decals are printed on a single sheet, approximately 5x9. The markings are clear and crisp. Since the entire sheet consists of one large piece of carrier film it is important that each decal be removed from the carrier sheet with the "cut" lines being as close to the actual marking as possible.

The decals responded very well to a short dip in water and none were damaged in the application process even though I handled some of them rather roughly. For all intents and purposes one can apply these decals in the same fashion as one uses for those decals that are supplied in any typical model kit.

F-5E Alconbury Gomers

Published: November 5th, 2010     
F-5E Alconbury Gomers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Once again, aircraft from "My era", the early 1980's, are starting to appear on decal sheets.  RAF Alconbury was a busy place; Not only for the RF-4C's that were stationed there, but the U-2R (TR-1 at the time) was a common sight. And in between all that activity, the dart-shaped F-5E's of the 527th Aggressor squadron claimed AR as home. They were frequently deployed to other locations such as Deccimommano, Italy, and USAFE bases in Germany and Spain to practice their trade on our local USAFE fighter pilots.

F/A-18B Casper and his Bandit Ghosts

Published: October 28th, 2010     
F/A-18B Casper and his Bandit Ghosts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This sheet of markings is for the F/A-18Bs belonging to VFA-125, The Rough Raiders. They are one of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aggressor squadrons whose mission is to teach other fighter squadrons the tactics and skills they need to stay alive in a real dog fight.

Camouflage Decals for Caudron CR.714, Morane MS.406, & Curtiss H75A

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Camouflage Decals for Caudron CR.714, Morane MS.406, & Curtiss H75A
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/32
Company: MMP Books

This is a British product, the first of a series, providing a very nice set of 1/32 scale decals and an accompanying booklet, featuring three aircraft flown by Polish pilots flying with the French Armee de  l'Aire during the Battle of France in 1940. Two versions of this issue exist, one in 1/32 scale and one in 1/48.  The decal sheet and booklet are provided in one unit, and cannot be purchased separately.

The booklet, a rather large publication of 16 pages plus cover, measures 13 by  9 1/4 inches, and consists of detailed information on the colors and markings of each aircraft.  A short history of the pilot and his operational career is included, and these make interesting reading.  The booklet is filled with excellently reproduced photos, mostly from German sources, as many of the photos show Luftwaffe personnel examining the abandoned French aircraft.

6 Hikotai F-2A/B Decals

Published: October 20th, 2010     
6 Hikotai F-2A/B Decals
Reviewed by: Chip Jean, IPMS# 13823
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

OK guys, a show of hands; how many of you don't like Hasegawa kit decals? You've had bad experiences with them and hate 'em to the point that you won't build or even buy a given Hasegawa kit unless you can get aftermarket decals for it? Not a problem for those Hasegawa F-Teen kits where you easily have many more aftermarket decal choices than kits. However, when it came to cool looking, non-gray jets, like the Mitsubishi F-2, you were stuck....until now.

What's in the Bag?

Afterburner Decals has solved the 1/48thscale F-2 problem with this excellent release, which, as decal sheets go, is a complete package. In the large, resealable plastic bag, you'll find an attractive cover sheet with sample color profiles of included aircraft (see Cover Sheet); a large 8" x 10" decal sheet and a 23/4" x 3" supplemental sheet (see Sheet 1 and Sheet 2), both printed by Cartograf; 6 pages of color profiles/instructions; and a 2-sided black and white stencil guide (see Stencil Guide 1 and Stencil Guide 2).