Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Vietnam Ace Captain Steve Ritchie and Friends

Published: November 26th, 2017     
Vietnam Ace Captain Steve Ritchie and Friends
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1:48
Company: Werner’s Wings

Background

The air war in Vietnam was a departure from what the United States had experienced in prior conflicts. The over-dependence on air-to-air missiles, micromanagement of operations from the White House, and countless constraints and rules of engagement put American aircrews at a distinct disadvantage against North Vietnamese adversaries. Despite those limitations, the US forces adapted to circumstances, exercised some good old American ingenuity, and managed to generate several aces and some legendary missions based on unorthodox tactics. A common thread in the making of these aces and employment of these tactics was the F-4 Phantom II.

The Product

This decal sheet from Werner's Wings, its first in a series featuring the F-4, showcases multiple Phantoms flown by Air Force aces Captains Steve Ritchie, Chuck DeBellevue, and Jeff Feinstein. Also, included are markings for Colonel Chappie James' aircraft during Operation Bolo, Capt Dan Cherry from Dogfights TV series episode "Hell Over Hanoi," as well as for a couple other aircraft. In all, markings for 11 different aircraft are included.

F-14A Stencils and Data

Published: November 14th, 2017     
F-14A Stencils and Data
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero-Design has issued a new 1/48th scale sheet specifically for all the F-14 Tomcat models currently on the market. This sheet includes all the various stenciling and data which cover the plane on top/bottom and both sides. It includes both stencils for both the Gull Gray over white scheme, as well as, the Tactical Paint scheme and there are enough stencils to do both.

Inside the package, you will find a 3 x 6-inch decal sheet printed by Microscale and double-sided color instructions. This sheet has all the needed profiles to add the decals with one side being gray/white and the other tactical. Markings also include the drop tank, ejection seat and slime light decals. The decals are thin and well printed but as they say, the proof is in the pudding so I wanted to try these on the new Tamiya kit.

F-14 "VF-111 Sundowners Anthology"

Published: November 14th, 2017     
F-14 "VF-111 Sundowners Anthology"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

With the release of the wonderful Tamiya F-14A kit, the decals are coming from Furball Aero-Design to dress up your kit with some of the most striking and memorable markings. This set is titled "Sundowners Anthology" and covers the F-14A as flown by VF-111 Sundowners that cruises with the USS Carl Vinson and USS Kitty Hawk. VFA-111 can trace its history back all the way to 1942 flying Grumman Wildcats. The set includes markings for nineteen (yup, nineteen) VF-111 F-14A's and covers all of the major and some minor schemes flown by the squadron.

F/A-18C F/A-18F Demo Hornets

Published: November 8th, 2017     
F/A-18C F/A-18F Demo Hornets
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs Aviation Graphics

Thank you, Bob Sanchez, for another beautiful set of decals and this set is a little more important. Capt. Jeff Kuss was a Colorado native on top of being a Top Aviator. Why would this set have some relevance to myself you ask? Well maybe due to the fact I'm currently active duty and stationed about 2 hours from where he was laid to rest. Thank You, Mr. Sanchez and Two Bobs!

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom aviation Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life and has continued to be active in the aviation field outside of his service to our country.

I can tell you guys from experience Mr. Sanchez's decals cover unique and memorable topics, are a pleasure to work with and downright hard to get if you miss out on a particular set, so keep that in mind when ordering because some of these sets may never be found again.