Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-102A & F-106 Decals

Published: September 3rd, 2018     
F-102A & F-106 Decals
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fündekals

Fundekals provided these five sample sheets for my review.  Each sheet provides numerous decals. The F-102A sheets each provide either five or six sets of individual markings. In the case of the Stencil sheet at least one complete set of markings (many of which I used in completion of my F-102A model, and in the Stars and Bars sheets, numerous national insignia.

Bf-109G-6s

Published: August 30th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6s
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The second new release from Eagle Editions in their EagleCal line of decals is aimed at the Bf-109G-6. With the release of the Tamiya kit and the previously released Eduard and Zvezda kits there is no shortage of plastic to put these on. While I'm only reviewing the 1/48th scale decals, they are also available in 1/72nd and 1/32nd scales.

The Bf-109G-6 is a favorite amongst modelers and model manufacturers so the big thing is which markings to add to yours. EagleCals has you covered with this release.

Packaged in a ziplock baggie, you get 11x17 instruction sheet printed in full color. The profiles are on the cover but inside of the cover are larger versions. The artwork is done by James Bentley. The artwork is superb and the drawings are quite nice and reproduced well. Inside you can find the written interpretation of the camouflage and aircraft. The other page has the stencil placement instructions. The back cover has the plan view of the upper wings and a section of the lower wing .

Bandit Sundowners-VFC-111 F-5N

Published: August 26th, 2018     
Bandit Sundowners-VFC-111 F-5N
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Who doesn't like the bad guys? I've always had an affinity for them. I wanted to know who they were and how they operated. Well these decals from Furball Aero-Design highlight the 'psuedo' bad guys, the OPFOR or Aggressors as the Navy calls them. The F-5N and F-5F adversaries are some colorful aircraft used to replicate potential bad guys.

There are eight aircraft included on this sheet. They have markings that are sure to motivate you to build one of these. These are quite colorful and offer a variety of paint schemes.

The decals are packaged in a large ziplock bag with full color instructions for every aircraft. Inside you are treated to high quality paper printed on both sides in beautiful color. Each aircraft has it own page. There are five 8.5 x 11inch sheets. The cover shows the colorful selection. Then the aircraft are shown. There are seven F-5Ns and one F-5F. The back page contains the stencil instructions.

The actual decals are printed by Cartograph so you know they are world class. They are thin and opaque. They are quite colorful. There are enough stencils to do three aircraft. All the aircraft are from the 2017 timeframe.

F-16C "100 Years of Flying Fiends"

Published: August 24th, 2018     
F-16C "100 Years of Flying Fiends"
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

If you build modern aircraft subjects, you're no doubt already familiar with Two Bobs Aviation Graphics decals. Owner Bob Sanchez is a USAF vet who has put in plenty of time around modern jet aircraft. His firm produces some of the best quality decals available for unusually marked and typical line examples of modern aircraft subjects.

The subjects of this set are two Block 40 F-16Cs from the 36th FS of the 51st FW based at Osan AB, South Korea. The first example is an F-16C Block 40, s/n 89-2043, specially painted to celebrate the Centennial of the "Flying Fiends" in October 2017, with two red "swooshes" and checkerboard graphics on the vertical stabilizer and checkerboard accent graphics on the rear fuselage canards. The second example is an F-16C Block 40 line bird, s/n 88-0540, sporting the typical squadron markings from April 2008 of a redfin stripe, galloping mustang graphic and a black checkerboard band across the vertical stabilizer.

Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

The USS George H.W. Bush is the latest aircraft carrier in the US Navy arsenal. The carrier was deployed in 2017 as the flagship of Operation Inherent Resolve. On its decks were the many variants of the F/A-18, in the guise of the C, E, and F as well as the EA-18G. Furball Aero-Design has gathered this information and provided it to the modeler.

The decals are packaged in a large ziplock. They are printed by Cartograf so you know they are world class decals. The colors are in perfect register with good color saturation. My decals were so large that I couldn't seal them. I cut the bottom and top of the sheet to make it fit the packaging.

The decal sheets contain markings for 18 aircraft, five F/A-18Fs, eight F/A-18Es, three F/A-18Cs and two EA-18Gs. The aircraft carry markings that are both colorful and subdued. The decals are on two large sheets. One sheet is full of the colorful markings. There are a whole lot of colors and they are all crisp with first rate artistry. The second sheet is full of the black and grey markings. There is also a small correction sheet.

There are stencils for four complete aircraft.

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