Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings

Published: November 25th, 2018     
P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian designer of waterslide decals for the plastic scale modeling hobby. Based on an internet search, their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from World War II and many small-scale airliners. 1/144 and 1/72 scales are well represented.

This particular sheet is designed for the Tamiya 1/72 P-47D model, and contains markings for three subjects and a complete set of maintenance stencils. The aircraft options on this decal sheet are "Zombie", a P-4D-20-RE, s/n 42-76594, flown by Capt. Ronald J. Upp, 361st FS, 356th FG, Martlesham, England, November, 1944; "Turtle", a P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26250 flown by Lt. Charles D. Dooney, 509thFS, 405th FG, St. Dizier, France, Winter, 1944; and P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26261, flown by Lt. Walter A Gabrowski, 511th FS, 405th FG, Zima, Italy, 1944/45.

LPS Hobby's decals are printed by Microscale in perfect register. They will make for an interesting, not often seen aircraft subject on contest tables.

Very highly recommended! Thanks to LPS Hobby and IPMS for the review set.

BOAC Mosquito PR IV G-AGFV (DZ411) Decals

Published: November 20th, 2018     
BOAC Mosquito PR IV G-AGFV (DZ411) Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Fundekals is a newer company but the people behind them have been around the modeling scene for years. And they have a new business model. They are aware of the cost of decals and the current trend to have dozens of markings. They have decided on (mostly) one set of markings per sheet and a onetime printing and generally will not include things like national markings. And they do not include the instructions sheets which are downloadable from their web site in PDF form. And, that's a good thing which you will see in a minute.

The subject of this sheet is the Mosquito PR.IV which had regular flights between Scotland and Stockholm between 1943 and 1945. This was a dangerous flight as it went over occupied Norway. The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) started running these flights with a single modified Mosquito eventually acquiring six more. This decals sheet represents the first plane, G-AGFV, during its entire career.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart Part 2 Decals

Published: November 20th, 2018     
Convair F-106 Delta Dart Part 2 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Fundekals

Fundekals is a newer company but the people behind them have been around the modeling scene for years. And they have a new business model. They are aware of the cost of decals and the current trend to have dozens of markings. They have decided on (mostly) one set of markings per sheet and a one-time printing and generally will not include things like national markings. And they do not include the instructions sheets which are downloadable from their web site in PDF form. And, that's a good thing which you will see in a minute.

This sheet actually covers five sets of markings. Due to the size of the sheet, it makes sense to include five markings especially with no national markings on the sheet, just the markings specific to that plane. The five planes covered are:

Spitfires Markings Part 1

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Spitfires Markings Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fündekals

The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred. Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag. They are on two decal sheets. One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels. They are printed by B.O.A. The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with.

But where are the instructions? You have to download them from the Fundekals website. This does a couple of things, the most important one is to keep costs down and allows more money to be spent on the amount of aircraft included. It also allows Fundekals to include plenty of reference photos and history on each aircraft. The instruction booklet is full of great reference snippets and photos. Things like the factory installed mirror. Unit information and pilot information to go along with the decals. There is a lot of research that went into each subject aircraft.

F4U Corsairs-Whistling Death

Published: November 11th, 2018     
F4U Corsairs-Whistling Death
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fündekals

If you really, I mean really like research, then you know the passion that comes with it. Well so does Fundekals. Their latest release is on the F4U Corsair. This is their second Corsair sheet and it is full of goodies too.

First off, did I miss something? I only got decals. There are no instructions with this sheet. No, that is the norm for Fundekals. To save printing costs, and subsequent costs to you, you can download the instruction booklet online. You can save it and/or print it. The amount of research into the booklet is worth the price of admission.

The decals themselves are printed by B.O.A. so you know they are world class. They are thin, opaque and in register. The sheets are mostly white markings but there are some colorful personal emblems included for the aircraft. The second sheet is the geometric markings for one of the subject aircraft.