Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: August 24th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Between April to October of 2018, several F-15Es from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (the "Panthers") deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East to support Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, tasked with striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the Panthers completed nearly 2,000 missions, over 10,000 flying hours, employing more than 500 precision-guided munitions in support of US Central Command operations. On their return to Lakenheath at the end of the deployment, the aircraft were seen sporting some very striking nose art and mission markings.

Since 2001, TwoBobs decals has built up a reputation for high-quality, well-researched and detailed decal sheets with a focus on modern US aircraft. This decal sheet focuses on some of the more prominent Panthers from the OIR deployment.

The airframes on this sheet are:

Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals

Published: August 24th, 2019     
Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fundekals

Opening the package of decals you will find two large sheets of beautifully printed markings for no less than nine Corsairs These aircraft include mostly F4U-1A's with markings for two F4U-1D's and one late war FG-1D. There is no instruction booklet included in the package. However going to the Fundekals website you can download the instruction booklet as a PDF file. I call this an instruction booklet as it is comprised of 24 pages of Color and B&W illustrations and photographs of each of the aircraft covered on the sheet. Also in the booklet are precise instructions pointing out the various differences in each of the covered aircraft. A detailed history of each covered aircraft and its pilot is included. A really nice touch was a page covering the various different antenna arrangements. Covering, as they say, "Some stuff you might not have known". Another page explains "New research on insignia colors in the Solomons. 1943-1944".

Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set - LEPT Decals

Published: July 6th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set - LEPT Decals
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!, and Phil and John in the specialized shipping to reviewer's business.

This review is uber simple without a tip requirement for the driver. It's the basic stencils from the Tempest Profipak kit decal sheet, to which you can apply to the marking you want from the kit OR some other source. It's all there... and the only decals I didn't use were those specific to certain kit markings; like the door outline in red with a lot of instructions on how to open it, the yellow "cut here on the canopy, and myriad two-dot decals to indicate airframe bolts with specialty metal composition.

I did not have time or vision to put the dots on. Sorry.

These are some of the best decals I've used in a while; they were thin but did not roll up on themselves, and when I used the appropriate setting solutions, the carrier film magically disappeared. A semi-gloss overcoat and it was done. What else is there to modeling?

Master Box "Irene Leroi"

Published: July 2nd, 2019     
Master Box "Irene Leroi"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

I've always been a huge fan of Master Box figures-- using them in vignettes and dioramas whenever I can. So when I got the email offering up one in 1/24 scale, I jumped at the chance not knowing anything about this new line. I figured I could use it with a car or truck like some of their previous lines featured. So while I was waiting for the shipment to arrive, I started doing some research.

This particular figure is part of a new series called "At the Edge of the Universe" set in a world called Steamplanet. Being a huge Firefly fan where the sci-fi steampunk meets the old West, this looked right up my alley. The back of the box provides a bit of an idea of the setting. The whole thing has me wanting either a book series or movie based on the story ideas presented in this line of figures - with additional kits featuring space security forces, ruffians, ladies, and robots.

Vietnamese Spads (2) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: May 29th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (2) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals are in their fourth year by my records, and continue to release some of their earlier Vietnam War subjects in different scale from the earlier releases ... We sincerely appreciate AoA sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (...and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership John and Phil for sending these my way...)

This sheet provides 11 different paint schemes, and covers the range of Vietnamese A-1 schemes from the early 1960's to the early 1970's.

Airframe stencils in included for each model, along with national insignia. This sheet focuses on the main markings for the aircraft, particularly since several of these SPADS were repainted with camo and as such did not receive replacement stencil markings.

Notable options include several early 1960's A-1's with colorful tail bands; I believe these markings would sell the sheet more than anything, as they certainly have some different markings.

Sheet decal Options included for 72-007 (from AoA's Website):

[Decals released October 2018]