Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48

Eagle Editions has produced some of the most accurate decals on the market.  Normally known for their Luftwaffe subjects, they have quite a collection of other aircraft as well, including the Spitfire.  With new 1/48th subjects from Airfix, Eduard, and Tamiya these decals are perfectly timed. 

 

There are decals for three aircraft that represent the evolution of the Temperate Land Scheme and the under-surface colors.  One aircraft has the black and white belly, the next has the sky color and the following one has the Sky-Blue belly. The first one is flown by P/O Al Deere with the Kiwi emblem in front of the cockpit.  The next is flown by Sgt. Bernard Jennings from No.19 Squadron and is typical of the Battle of Britain period.  The final option has an American flavor, with a red spinner, flown by an American, P/O Hugh Reilley, flying with No.66 Sqdn.in the Battle of Britain.  He was shot down and killed by Werner Molders.

FW-190A Decals

Published: February 27th, 2021     
FW-190A Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48

Eagle Editions has become synonymous with quality research in their parts and decals.  This sheet is no exception.  With the release of the Eduard and Hasegawa early model 190s there is a need to add some marking options.  Packaged in a resealable ziplock baggie are two decal sheets for four aircraft and the instructions.

 

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are the highest quality in the world.  They are in perfect register, thin and look great.  The first sheet is the big sheet with all the aircraft individual markings and enough stencils for one aircraft.  The smaller sheet includes enough markings for all four aircraft upper wing crosses. 

 

HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights, USMC AV-8B NA, AV-8B+, CH-46E & CH-53E on USS Bataan

Published: January 21st, 2021     
HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights, USMC AV-8B NA, AV-8B+, CH-46E & CH-53E on USS Bataan
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals is a relatively new aviation decal with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale. Their product line primary focus is Vietnam era aircraft. Although a relatively young company, their quality and attention to detail rivals all other decal companies on the market. The decal set comes with one large decal sheet and a four-page, full color instruction sheet.

This decal set covers three (Vertical lift) US Marine aircraft, two helicopters and one jet. All three aircraft are assigned to HMM-264 (REIN) "Black Knights which are elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary unit (MEU) USS Bataan (LHD-5) between the years 2006 to 2007. There are options for seven different aircraft, one AV-8B Night Attack, AV-8B+, Three choices CH-53E and two choices on the CH-46E.

Panzer Divisions WWII Decals

Published: January 21st, 2021     
Panzer Divisions WWII Decals
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/35

This is an excellent decal sheet, and it is nice for this to be on the market! Decals are provided for 28 panzer divisions. Between one and five decals are provided for each division. The decals for the divisions with three, four, or five decals are differentiated by the years which they were used.

The color register is excellent, and the images are sharp and clear. The decals are thin and will conform to curved and uneven surfaces nicely, yet they are not so thin that they will tear when wet. They release form the backing paper easily and require minimal wet time.

For this review, you can see the decals being used on two pieces of German armor: a King Tiger marked with an 11th Panzer Division Zusatzsymbol "ghost" (see kit review "1/35 Battle of Berlin" by ICM) and a Marder I with 21st Panzer Division markings (see kit review "1/35 Jagdpanzer Marder I" by Tamiya).

O-2 Skymaster FAC & BS Bomber Oscar Deuces Decals

Published: November 15th, 2020     
O-2 Skymaster FAC & BS Bomber Oscar Deuces Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals is a relatively new aviation decal with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale. Their product line primary focus is Vietnam era aircraft. Although a relatively young company, their quality and attention to detail rivals all other decal companies on the market. The decal set comes with one large decal sheet and a six-page, full color instructions.

This decal set for the Cessna O-2 Skymaster, also known as the "Oscar Deuce" is designed for the 1/48 scale ICM kit. There are fifteen different subjects that can be made and three different paint schemes (Gray, Black and Southeast Asia) to choose from in this set. Three of the paint schemes are for the O-2B which AOA provides a brief history, as well a statement that an O-2B is not released. AOA is ahead of the game for when ICM or another model manufacturer releases a B model Skymaster.