Reviews of scale model decal sets.

B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set

Published: January 25th, 2020     
B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:48
Company: ICM

ICM has produced a fine decal set specifically to be used with ICM kit no. 48281, B-26-50 Invader. The decal set includes markings for four aircraft, the most notable of which is B-26B-61-DL "The 7th Chadwick" piloted by Lt. Col. R. Fourtney, CO of the 13th BC 3rd BG in Korea of Spring, 1953. Other markings are included for B-26C-30-DT "Marth Ann" of the 3rd BG, B-26B-55-DL of the 95th BS, 17th BW and B-26C-45-DT of the 3rd BG.

Reviewer's Comments

Each of the four options are intended for black-painted aircraft. A double-sided, full-color instruction guide is provided. Only side views of the aircraft are given. Placement markings are fairly understandable; however, cross-referencing is recommended.

The diagram for "The 7th Chadwick" could be improved. This aircraft has a bright red nose which covers the front landing gear door and part of the bombay doors. The given diagram is insufficient and does a poor job of showing the slope angle of the red color as it passes under the wing and does not show how much of the bombay doors are painted red. You will need to consult outside resources to obtain accuracy.

L-19 Bird Dog

Published: January 15th, 2020     
L-19 Bird Dog
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Cessna L-19/O-1. The Bird Dog saw service with over 20 air forces so the choice of markings is very varied and this sheet does not disappoint.

This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model 5 of them (or all of them if you have some extra American markings). You have your choice of

  • O-1 Kansas Army National Guard, overall Olive Drab
  • L-19 Pakistan Army, overall weathered dark green
  • L-19 South Korean Navy, overall light grey
  • O-1 US Army Reserve, Olive Drab
  • L-19 US Army, Hawkeyes, weathered olive drab with Hawkeye profiles on the wings
  • L-19 Hoantai (predecessor of Japan's Self Defense Force), overall yellow with Hoentai insignia -pink cherry blossom- in the fuselage and Hinomarus on the wings.

They are an amazing selection of markings. I particularly liked the Hoantai markings, as they are very unique ones.

F4U-1A Corsair VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" Part 2

Published: December 30th, 2019     
F4U-1A Corsair VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" Part 2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: HGW Models

HGW Models has been putting out some interesting stuff lately, and this latest set of markings will prove useful to anyone (like me) who has a soft spot for Corsairs. In this second set catering to VF-17, five birds are presented, with all the bells and whistles, including national markings and full stencils.

The decals are clean and crisp with excellent registration, and copious documentation is provided, including all five aircraft in four-view drawings, which seems a bit redundant given then all five aircraft are very similar in appearance. Still, you can't ding a company for being thorough. Separate drawings are provided for all interior and exterior stenciling, so if you screw this one up you've really got no one to blame but yourself.

F-15J Motto Kuma Eagle

Published: December 25th, 2019     
F-15J Motto Kuma Eagle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48

The Two Bobs website featuring this decal sheet provides the back story for this decal sheet.

"2017 marked the 60th Anniversary of Chitose Base in Hokkaido Japan. To commemorate this event, 201 Squadron, 2 Wing painted an F-15J in this striking scheme.

201 Squadron has a long history within JASDF. While flying the F-104J, it was responsible for conducting aggressor missions as well as providing ACM training. Reformed in 1986, the squadron received the F-15J.

Over the last 33 years, the squadron along with the 203rd Squadron, shoulders the responsibility for securing Japan's northern airspace."

This information is also printed on the decal instruction sheet.

This decal sheet includes all markings and stencils required for this aircraft.

Recommended kits:

Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/48
Company: RB Productions

I must admit, I am normally against ordering aftermarket products unless I am building a specific piece for a commission build or wanting to recreate a specific aircraft belonging to a specific pilot. I am usually content to stick with what's in the box and adapt as needed. However, when I saw this set was available and was looking up the schemes, I jumped at the chance for something out of the ordinary. This particular set is available in the three major scales of 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32.

Included in the zip-locked bag are schemes for four Italy-based 15th AF aces as follows: