Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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.

Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with 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. A number of 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.

This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2", along with the Pt. 1 sheet, represent various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan. When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting. Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose. It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint. That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles.

Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with 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.

This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1", along with the Pt. 2 sheet, represents various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan. When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting. Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose. It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint. That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles.

Spitfires Part 1

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Spitfires 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 Cartograf. 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.