Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

FW-190A Balkenkreuze

Published: April 26th, 2017     
FW-190A Balkenkreuze
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 26085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This decal sheet states that it was designed exclusively for use with Eduard's outstanding 1/72 Fw 190A series of kits. The sheet provides seven different styles of Balkenkreuze, consisting of the simple white outline Balkenkreuze for the upper wings, and three options for both the fuselage and the underwing Balkenkreuze. There are the simple black Balkenkreuze outline, a solid black Balkenkreuze with a white border and the solid black Balkenkreuze with the white outline and a thin black outline outside of the white. This provides a lot of options to match the style Balkenkreuze used on the aircraft you are modeling.

As with all of Eduard's new decals, these are very thin, but strong and react extremely well to Microsol and Microset, snuggling right down over details without silvering.

While the set is marketed as being designed exclusively for Eduard's FW 190 kits, it can be used on a lot of other 1/72 scale Luftwaffe fighters as the Balkenkreuze styles provided were used on a number of fighters. I will probably pick up some extra sets to replace my Microscale sheets that are almost 40 years old!

DOGS OF WAR Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: April 16th, 2017     
DOGS OF WAR  Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in Navy and Marine Corps subjects from the Vietnam era. They have branched out slightly with the first sheet for Roden's lovely O-1 Bird Dog by adding Army/ USAF planes. Part 2 continues and goes back to the USMC and adds markings in for additional Army and VNAF planes also. Let's take a dive into Part 2.

Part 2 of the 1/32nd Bird Dog coverage includes thirteen marking options for various O-1 A/G/E Bird Dogs from the Vietnam War:

Dallachy Strike Wing Beaufighters… 144, 455, and 489 Sqns

Published: April 13th, 2017     
Dallachy Strike Wing Beaufighters… 144, 455, and 489 Sqns
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology Decals

Aviaeology is very well known for their extensively researched decals covering a gamut of Canadian WWII subjects. This set continues that fine tradition by covering 1/48th scale Beaufighter Type TF.X's from RAF Dallachy. RAF Dallachy is a closed air base located north of Edinburgh, Scotland on the North Sea. It was home to the RAF in WWII where it was used to harass and sink enemy shipping. The three squadrons covered in this set are Canadian (No. 144), Australian (No. 455) and New Zealand (No. 489) all flying the Beaufighter. The decal sheet covers 16 aircraft from these squadrons with markings for all planes but only National markings for one complete plane.

Let's take a look in the package. There are four separate decals sheets included. Two are standard size and include national; markings as well as plane markings and several detail decals. There is a separate set of decals that are smaller rounding out the sixteen options and a last small sheet with the flags for the Australian planes. The decals are well printed and have great alignment and opacity.

244th Sentai Part 3 Decals

Published: April 11th, 2017     
244th Sentai Part 3 Decals
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

History

The 244th Sentai was formed in 1942 from the 144th Sentai with their primary mission being homeland defense. The squadron received the Ki-61 in 1943 and gained fame as an elite bomber interceptor unit. Detachments of this unit also served on Okinawa but the majority stayed in Japan for defense. A very good web site dedicated to this squadron can be found here http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~s244f/ and you will need to translate it as it is in Japanese.

Lifelike decals have issued or re-issued decals for the Ki-61s of the 244th Sentai as parts 1,2 & 3. Initially produced for the Hasegawa kit, they could also be used on the Otaki kit. Now that Tamiya has released their kit you now have one more, and a really nice one, Ki-61 kit to choose from.

Vietnamese SPADS Part 2 VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: April 7th, 2017     
Vietnamese SPADS Part 2 VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in top quality, thoroughly researched decal sheets from the Vietnam War era. This is wonderful with all the new kit releases, as there are now more options for markings. Inside the package, there are full color profiles and notes about all eleven sets of markings, and two large colorful decal sheets printed by Cartograf. The sheet covers South Vietnamese Air Force AD-6/A1-H Skyraiders in 1/32 scale, with the recommended kit being Trumpeter or Zoukei-Mura. Detail and notes abound in the set, including notes on each specific plane, its color and markings, and any specifics about the plane. In fact, two of the markings represent Skyraiders that were retrofitted with the Yankee extraction system. The time frame involved is from the early 1960's to 1970. Minimal stenciling is included also.

The schemes represented cover both four overall gull gray and seven camouflaged planes from the following squadrons: