Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Tuskegee Mustangs

Published: May 8th, 2018     
Tuskegee Mustangs
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby from Brazil has a new set of 1/72ndscale after-market decals for several P-51 aircraft that were assigned to the famed Tuskegee Airmen. These markings were carried by aircraft while that unit (332ndFighter Group) was stationed at Ramittell, Italy during 1944.

The markings are for:

  • Dearly Beloved (P-51D), flown by 1Lt. Earl Lane
  • Janice (P-51C), flown by 2Lt. Paul Green
  • Apache II (P-51C), flown by 1Lt. Henry Perry

All of the P-51's assigned to the Red Tails were in natural metal and as such would have had all the attendant markings and stencils applied. LPS Hobby didn't miss that detail and has provided all of the markings and stencils as well as a comprehensive application guide. LPS Hobby has included only one complete set of stencils with this decal sheet. Aside from the obvious stencils on the fuselage and wings, LPS Hobby has also provided the markings and stenciling found on the prop blades and drop tanks. A much appreciated detail often lost in this scale.


Published: May 6th, 2018     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The Bf-109G-6 was the most produced variant of the iconic German fighter and as such the paint schemes on it were varied and could get quite interesting. That is where this sheet comes in.

Eagle Editions is known for its Luftwaffe releases and Jerry Crandall is world renowned for his expertise on the Luftwaffe. So it is with that information that I am always eager for each new release. This decal sheet does not disappoint. The Bf-109 is my favorite aircraft and a popular modeling subject. With the release of the Eduard and Zvezda kits recently and even more recently the Tamiya one there is no lack of plastic to add these decals to.

Mitsubishi A5M Decals - Part 1 and Part 3

Published: April 22nd, 2018     
Mitsubishi A5M Decals - Part 1 and Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Last year we modelers were pleasantly surprised (at least I was) to get not one, but two companies offering new-mold 1/48 scale A5M Claudes (in multiple variants no less). With the models from Fine Molds and Wingsy Kits both receiving admirable reviews, it is great to see that Lifelike Decals has issued 3 decal sheets that work with either kit. This is a review of 2 of the three, #48-053 (Part 1) and #48-055 (Part 3).

Links to Specific Decals

Once again, Lifelike has come up with an extremely high-quality product. Each package has full-color placement guides, and multiple sheets of decals (2 in Part 1, and 3 in Part 3). All are printed by Microscale and are to their typically high standard. Glossy finish, minimal carrier, and thin. Between these two sheets, the modeler has no less than 25 schemes to choose from! And Part 2 offers another 13 schemes!

These breakdown as follows:

Schlacht Bf-109Es

Published: March 20th, 2018     
Schlacht Bf-109Es
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Schlacht Bf-109Es. The Schlacht units were ground-attack units. I believe their mission was what is now known as "close air support".

This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model all of them and covering all main fronts during 1941/42: Russia, North Africa and the English Channel. Well done Illiad Design!

The airframes cover a transitional period on the standard camouflages during 1941/42. This means some of them are 71/02 over 65 while others are 74/75 over 76. Yellow noses and fuselage bands and rudders add a spot of color to the camouflages. To top it one of the camouflages is in a North Africa scheme of 79 over 76, with a replacement wing in 71/02 over 65. Amazing choices!

The decal sheet provides you with squadron emblems (if applicable), fuselage code/letter, Schlacht triangle, unit emblems and swastikas. You will need to provide your own stencils, but those can be easily sourced from the original decal sheet of your model.

Beechcraft 18s Decals

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Beechcraft 18s Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is an Ottawa, Canada based firm that offers decals and color chart references for scale modelers.

The subjects of this set are post-WWII era Beechcraft Model 18s in military markings. Markings are included for three aircraft as follows:

  • SNB-2H Hospital Aircraft based at NAS Jacksonville
  • UC-45J based at NAS Atsugi, mid-1960s
  • AT-7C of an unknown unit, buzz #TB-482, 1946

The sheet is printed in perfect register with very little carrier film border. Colors are bold, and the ink is solidly dense, reducing or eliminating opaque tendencies of the lighter colors. The letter-sized instruction sheet calls out paint colors and particulars for each aircraft. Also noted are the nacelle and leading edge modifications necessary to model the Atsugi bird, and references the Belcher Bits resin parts to complete it.

I have used Iliad Designs sets on past builds and find that their decals are easy to use following the typical application procedures. They settle down beautifully into/on surface details and respond well to Micro Scale decal fluids when needed for coaxing onto difficult areas.