Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: AOA Decals

When something in 1/144 scale comes up as available for review, I will quite often jump on it. There isn't NEARLY as much in 1/144 as in 1/72 or 1/48, so I'm quite often looking at a list with nothing for me. When I saw the AOA Decals AC-119 decals in 1/144, I grabbed it. And I'm glad I did.

The Roden AC-119K Stinger is a pretty good kit, but I really wish the Eastern Europeans would start putting locating rings and tabs on their parts. A simple butt joint doesn't always hold up well to handling. In this case, if you look at my Stinger, you'll notice that the tail booms don't line up very well with the fuselage. That's because I managed to rip these parts off the kit THREE times.

So I'm very happy to review AOA's decals for the AC-119.

F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)

Published: September 4th, 2018     
F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Two Bobs

The Air Force's 18th Aggressor Squadron is based at Eielson AFB in Alaska and flies specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Recently, the Squadron painted some of its F-16s in several variations of the "Splinter" scheme recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs have now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict these schemes.

F-102A & F-106 Decals

Published: September 4th, 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 Werner, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions

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 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.