Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

A-10A/C Brrrrrt…to the Future

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
A-10A/C Brrrrrt…to the Future
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48

TwoBobs has been producing decals for modern planes for a long time and has tons of superb decal sheets available. Several of the latest sheets deal with the 1/48th scale A-10 Warthog and this sheet, 48274 is titled, "A-10A/C Brrrrt to the Future", and provides markings for three A-10's- two A versions and one C version. The markings cover:

Latvian Insignia - 1/72 and 1/48 scales

Published: July 14th, 2021     
Latvian Insignia - 1/72 and 1/48 scales
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72 and 1/48
Company: Croco Models

Historical Background

Latvia, a small Baltic republic, developed an air force in the twenties, and adopted a striking insignia of a red swastika ( no relation to the German version) on a white circular background. Aircraft operated with this insignia in place up until the outbreak of World War II, Many of their aircraft were imported from Britain, including Hawker Hinds, Bristol Bulldogs, and Gloster Gladiators. In 1940, Latvia was invaded by the Soviet Union, and all surviving Latvian military aircraft were captured by the Russians. Any aircraft that remained were later probably destroyed by the Germans.

F-4 Phantom II Access Door Decal Set A

Published: May 17th, 2021     
F-4 Phantom II Access Door Decal Set A
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Another quick addition to the lovely new Tamiya 1/48th scale F-4B is this decal set which includes decals to recreate the numerous numbers and cautions found on the aircraft's access doors. Also included are decals to recreate yellow canopy rain seals, as well as adding details to engine nozzles.

Inside the package, there is a large foldout sheet with large enough print to add all the appropriate decals for the door markings. What I found nice is the size of the instructions which open to 10" x 14" and are dual sided; top on one side and bottom on the other. Also included in this set are additional markings for the F-4J. The instructions are color coded with black being both B and J versions; Red is specific for the B version and Green is specific for J versions only. And did I mention they are big enough to actually read!

Also included in the set are canopy seals which can be added. Lastly, exhaust details (the back parts between the petals on the exhausts) are included as decals.

The decal sheet is small but contains 190 small decals for labeling the Phantom. They are small and professionally printed.

Warriors of Light: Digital Su-27S & Su-27UB Decals

Published: May 3rd, 2021     
Warriors of Light: Digital Su-27S & Su-27UB Decals
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72

This review was originally published on May 4, 2021. Shortly thereafter IPMS/USA received some additional information from Alexander Pawlygin representing "Foxbot Decals". IPMS/USA is pleased to have received this additional information and thanks Mr. Pawlygin and Foxbot Decals for sharing it with IPMS/USA.

Mr. Pawlygin states......

1. The decal 72-004 contains numbers for (a) single seat Su-27S/P and for (a) twin seat Su-27UBM. Masks for Su-27 and Su-27UB are different. Therefore we cannot complete this decal with masks. But we have separate decals for Su-27 and Su-27UB in 1/48 scale and we have sets 48-047A for Digital Su-27 and 48-067A for Digital Su-27UB which contains decals with masks.

Unusual C-47's

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Unusual C-47's
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Background

Since the Douglas DC-3 and C-47 was produced in larger numbers than any other transport aircraft, it stands to reason that the plane is well represented in the modeling world. Although the plane has been produced in a number of scales, the majority of the kits are in 1/72 scale. Starting with the old Airfix kit in the sixties, the more recent issues by Italeri and ESCI have featured recessed panel lines and some variations in form, and recently, Airfix is reported to have reissued their kit with more up-to-date features. I have not seen the new Airfix kit, but have built both ESCI and Italeri kits, and they are both exceptionally good kits.

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