Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

North American P-51 IVa (K) – British Camouflaged Mustangs

Published: June 4th, 2018     
North American P-51 IVa (K) – British Camouflaged Mustangs
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

I was drawn to this decal set for two reasons:

One, I thought that camouflaged Mustangs are not seen as much as the bare metal US aircraft.

Two: I had to do the Aussie Southern Cross marking being an Aussie!

LPS Hobby is a decal manufacturer from Brazil. The decal sheet, instruction sheet and cover page are contained within a generously sized zip-lock bag.

This small decal set contains marking for three British camouflaged P-51K Mustangs from Royal Canadian, South African and Royal Australian Air Forces:

  • KH608, Y2, "Edmonton Special", PO John Mallandaine, 442 Sqn RCAF, Hunsdon, England. May 1945
  • KH673, GL-N, "Sweetpea", 5 Sqn SAAF, Udine Italy, January 1945
  • KH676, CV-A, F/Lt 'Dusty' Lane, 3 Sqn RAAF, Cervia, Italy, April 1945

The recommended donor kit is the Tamiya 1/72 P-51D Mustang, however the newer Airfix, or any other manufacturers P-51D/K could also be used.

The cover page shows a left side profile of each aircraft and a description of the aircraft, who flew it, where it was operated and the year.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks.

Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks.

Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets.

Steve Ritchie and Friends Decals (Limited Edition)

Published: May 16th, 2018     
Steve Ritchie and Friends Decals (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Werners Wings

IPMS/USA recognizes one of our own, Floyd Werner, for providing this sheet set for review and I personally applaud our reviewer corps leadership, John Noack and Phil Peterson, for sending them to me for review. Floyd is well known for his expertise in the WWII Luftwaffe genre, as well as his personal exploits flying Snakes in the U.S. Army. This sheet was sponsored by Kitty Hawk, the much-maligned (but in my opinion) EXCELLENT company which provides us with products which would NEVER have seen the light unless they took the plunge. So you have to work to make them to personal standard? Huff... part of the price of admission. ( I swear if you give these guys a new, free Lexus they'd complain about the new car smell)

To Glen Coleman and Joe Lortie, I don't know you but owe you guys a beer for making these kits and this sheet a reality. Ignore the flamers and naysayers, they aren't paying the bills to make your goal of constantly improving and being one of the best Model companies out there a reality... every new kit is better than the last. THANKS!

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Parts 1 & 2

Published: May 9th, 2018     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Parts 1 & 2
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

Decals designed for Tamiya P-51D, but should work for any 1/72nd scale kit.

There are more 'new to me' companies out there than I can shake a stick at. One such company is LPS Hobby from Brazil. This group has been making after-market decals sets for a 1/72nd scale aircraft for some few years now.

[On a side note: Being part of the IPMS/USA review corps affords the opportunity to get your hands on some of these company's items without added expense or well... any expense. Something to think about.]

The subject of this missive is two sets (Part One and Two) of after-market decals for USAAF camouflaged P-51D's. The subjects are all from the 363rd Fighter squadron, 357th fighter Group stationed at Leistin, England in 1944.

The specific aircraft included in Part One are:

  • Mary Alice flown by Pilot Captain Atlee Manthos
  • Frenesi flown by Pilot Lt. Col. Tommy Hayes
  • Missouri Armada flown by Pilot Captain John England

The aircraft featured in Part Two are: