USAAF WWII National Insignia Decals (May, 1943 – June, 1943)

Published: May 12th, 2013     
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Box Art
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Price: $12.00
Product / Stock #: MS481265

This 1/48 scale decal sheet provides multiple sizes of the type of US Army Air Force national insignia specified for application to aircraft from May 1942 to June 1943. The insignia consisted of a white star on an insignia blue disk. The set includes 41 separate decals sized to scale diameters for 25", 30", 35", 36", 40", 45", 50" and 60" insignias, making them useful for most aircraft in service during that time period.

These decals are manufactured for Squadron by Cartograf. They are crisply printed on thin film. The decals release easily from their paper backing after immersion in warm water for 15 - 20 seconds and should then be applied to a glossy painted surface that has been pre-moistened to allow repositioning. They will respond well to most decal setting solutions (but the solution should not be allowed to puddle on decal or surrounding surface for very long).

This decal set is packaged in a typical zip-lock pouch with folded placement guide and a paper protector sheet. The foldout guide provides aircraft side profiles and wing plans showing typical insignia placement on fighters and bombers. Drawings are provided for P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, B-25 and B-17. Correct sizes are indicated for each type. Obviously, these decals are useful for all USAAF and some USN and USMC aircraft.

This set is a companion to MS481266 (which provides correct national insignias that were specified for USAAF aircraft after June 1943). It is highly recommended to 1/48 scale aircraft modelers.

My thanks to MMD-Squadron for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

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