Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

North American P-51 Mustang Part 3

Published: January 8th, 2019     
North American P-51 Mustang Part 3
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike is one of leaders in aviation decals with a unique variety of markings, usually hard to find subjects. This set covers one subject but six variants. I did not have a clue there were this many renditions of "Big Beautiful Doll" (BBD). Three restored P-51D Mustangs sported BBD markings over the years following WWII. Tragically two of these crashed recently, with one in 2011 where the pilot bailed out successfully after colliding with an A-1 Skyraider at Duxford England. The second crash in Arizona resulted in two fatalities in 2016.

The six subjects, all markings worn during WWII and flown by John D. Landers and two airframes include:

B-25 "Desert Warrior" Decals

Published: December 30th, 2018     
B-25 "Desert Warrior" Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Among my several favorite aircraft I have an affinity for the B-25 Mitchell in any form. So when Airfix announced the B-25C/D in 1/72 scale I put one on reserve at my local hobby shop and my plans are to start building at my local IPMS club modeling retreat this January. I planned on building the Desert Warrior scheme so this set will work out perfectly for me. Up until just a week or so ago I usually took for gospel that decal sheets were reasonably accurate...

Upon receiving the Lifelike decal sheet, I started doing a little research on the B-25 "Desert Warrior" that Airfix provides as one of two finishing choices in their new B-25C/D kit. My goal was to try and get to the bottom of the decal dilemma. The dilemma being why did Lifelike Decals release decals to correct some of the decals provided in the Airfix kit.

I started by reading through the information provided by Lifelike with this decal set. They cited no less than eleven sources of photographs used as their reference. Two of the references are color photographs. As I didn't have any of their sources in my tiny book collection, I resorted to searching the internet for photos.

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service for the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew. Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings.

In accordance with the agreement between Russia and Syria, a group of Russian aircraft were sent to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, September 2015 to fly in support of the Syrian ground forces. During actual operations, the national insignias and registration numbers were overpainted. This could not be easily removed so areas of lighter gray can be seen behind the restored insignias and numbers on certain aircraft. This sheet contains seven different markings for Su-24s that have been operated out of the Khmeimim Air Base.

Royal Navy Corsairs

Published: December 20th, 2018     
Royal Navy Corsairs
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Fundekals has released a decal sheet covering Royal Navy Corsairs (F4U-1A) in WW2 for 1/32 scale.

The sheet provides markings for 3 airframes; options are

  • Corsair Mk II, JT427
  • Corsair MkII, JT 383
  • Corsair Mk III, JS70

all of them in HMS Victorious during October 1944 in the camouflage colors of Dark Slate Grey, Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky... or their American equivalents, making the actual colors to be a bit of a guess to say the least!

By the way, all these airplanes had the "square wing tips" so you probably will have to modify either the Tamiya or Revell model to convert the F4U-1A into a Corsair MkII or MkIII.

Research on these sheets is very comprehensive as the instructions (only provided as a download) include plenty of B&W pictures.

One of the airframes has a very unusual 3-colors wing markings, which might have been white, red and blue, from the center to the outer ring, or white, light blue and dark blue. You are provided with optional decals for each set of colors.

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 2

Published: December 16th, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 2
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service for the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well liked by the two man crew. Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling Company, a supplier of great resin parts, has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings.

In accordance with the agreement between Russia and Syria, a group of Russian aircraft were sent to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, September 2015 to fly in support of the Syrian ground forces. During actual operations, the national insignias and registration numbers were overpainted. This could not be easily removed so areas of lighter gray can be seen behind the restored insignias and numbers on certain aircraft. This sheet contains seven different markings for Su-24s that have been operated out of the Khmeimim Air Base.