Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

MiG-21F-13 Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
MiG-21F-13 Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Iliad Design

The MiG-21F-13 was the first operational version of the fighter.  It was used throughout the Soviet sphere of influence.  It was used in the deserts of the Mideast to the Jungles of Vietnam.  Trumpeter's kit of the F-13 is a really nice kit but the kit decal options could use some updating.  Enter Iliad Design and this sheet.

 

Packaged in a ziplock bag is a single sheet of instructions.  Printed on a double-sided page are seven aircraft from around the world in full color.    The instructions show left side profiles and upper plan views.  There are descriptions and FS callouts for each aircraft. 

 

Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Fightertown Decals

The F-14 Tomcat, was a movie star and retired way too soon.  This beautiful fighter led a long and distinguished career and sported some unique color schemes.  At the end of its service life it was predominately shades of gray.  That doesn't mean it was a dull collection of markings, just the opposite.  Some of these grays made for some colorful markings.

Fightertown Decals has been producing some great decals for the F-14 Tomcat and this sheet is no exception.  Included in the marking options are 6 Squadrons with 16 marking options.  There are at least four different variants of grey paint schemes on these subjects.

The decals and instructions are packaged in a large Ziplock style bag.  The instructions are printed on high quality bond paper in full color, on three double sided 8.5x11 sheets.  Each aircraft is shown on both sides, as well as, upper and lower plan views.  Each aircraft shows where all the individual markings are applied. 

Vietnamese Spads (I)

Published: September 25th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (I)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: AOA Decals

This particular sheet is part one of AOA's Vietnamese Spads series. They offer this sheet in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. The subject options on this sheet are:

Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017

Published: September 24th, 2019     
Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Furball Aero Designs

Last summer Furball Aero Design released a set of decals for Carrier Air Wing Eight during its participation in Operation Inherent Resolve in 2017. And what a set it is, providing markings for five F/A-18F's (VFA-213), eight F/A-18E's (VFA-31 and VFA-87), three F/A-18C's (VFA-37) and two EA-18G's (VAQ-131) and include the markings for VFA-87's F/A-18E that shot down a Syrian Su-22 on June 18, 2017 (both before and after) and its wingman. The decals are on two sheets and appear to include enough stencils for 3 models (2 Super Hornets/Growlers and one Legacy Hornet (F/A-18C).

The instructions are very comprehensive and include 6 pages illustrating the markings for the different jets, three pages showing where the stencils go on each type of aircraft and two pages of load-out charts showing typical loads for each squadron's aircraft - a very useful addition for those of us wanting to show the jets loaded up. The set does not include any stencils for anything that you may want to hang under the wings other than drop tanks and the Growler's ALQ-99 pods. You will need to source decals for your ordinance either from your kit itself or any weapons set you use.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: August 24th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Between April to October of 2018, several F-15Es from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (the "Panthers") deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East to support Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, tasked with striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the Panthers completed nearly 2,000 missions, over 10,000 flying hours, employing more than 500 precision-guided munitions in support of US Central Command operations. On their return to Lakenheath at the end of the deployment, the aircraft were seen sporting some very striking nose art and mission markings.

Since 2001, TwoBobs decals has built up a reputation for high-quality, well-researched and detailed decal sheets with a focus on modern US aircraft. This decal sheet focuses on some of the more prominent Panthers from the OIR deployment.

The airframes on this sheet are:

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