Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

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

The Warriors of Light 1/72nd scale decal series from Foxbot is a collection of aircraft numbers for ten Su-27s with a complete data and stencil set for a single example. All of the Su-27's were assigned to the Ukrainian Air Force. Most Su-27s in Ukrainian service carried a digital, tri-color camouflage pattern on the upper surfaces and vertical stabilizers. The colored instructions are printed on thick paper with marking and stencil placement instructions. There is also a placement and color guide for the paint masks that are sold separately.

Color call-outs are provided with 'paint chip' facsimiles of the aircraft colors. The colors are referenced to RAL, FS or AKAN colors. Locating the AKAN paints may prove to be problematic as those are from a Russian company and not widely distributed in the U.S. The RAL is the European color matching system and FS (Federal Standard) is, of course, the U.S. color matching system. [Fun Fact: RAL stands for Reichs-Ausschuv fur Lieferbedinggen.]

The updated marking options (this decal set was available previously) are provided for aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force from 2015-2019.

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.

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.

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