Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Intruder Airframe Stencils & Markings (High-Viz)

Published: December 5th, 2019     
Intruder Airframe Stencils & Markings (High-Viz)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Never one to rest on their laurels, AOA Decals has rereleased their 32002 stencil sheet for Hi-Viz A-6 Intruders in 1/32nd scale. Not only have they rereleased the sheet but they have also upgraded it to include: main and nose landing gear placards, walkway outline stripes, red engine intake warning markings, "A-6B" identifications, original style fuselage formation lights, radome latches (red & white), & tail hook stripes. And it gets a new number- 32026. This is also in addition to the following from the original sheet:

VA-75 Sunday Punchers (2) USN A-6E TRAM Intruders Decals

Published: December 5th, 2019     
VA-75 Sunday Punchers (2) USN A-6E TRAM Intruders Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in Vietnam to modern era planes and covers all the major scales. This sheet is 1/32nd scale and complements with VA-75 SUNDAY PUNCHERS (1), Sheet 32-027 and covers a spans of almost 20 years of the A-6 Intruder in service with one Navy squadron - VA-75 Sunday Punchers - from Vietnam to Desert Storm. This review is for Part 2 and covers the low visibility period with coverage of the late 1980s into Operation Desert Storm in 1991. There are two markings included for the following:

  • A-6E TRAM Intruders
    • USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1989-90)
    • USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1991)

The set also includes decals for fuel tanks, tail hooks, ejection seats, ladder wells, landing gear, and speed brake interiors. The does not include the stencils but the two aircraft were heavily weathered and the stenciling was pretty much gone so it is not needed.

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander Decals

Published: November 21st, 2019     
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander Decals
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models provided these great decals for the Valom 1/48 Kit release of the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft.

Included is

  • One sheet of decals
  • One Instruction sheet

The decals are of the best quality and printed by Microscale for Caracal Models.

The decal sheet provide decals for four different Markings options.

  • The British Parachute Regiments Freefall team Red Devils aircraft
  • The Heridean Air services aircraft
  • Aurigny Air Services aircraft
  • Armed Forces of Malta Aircraft

The instruction sheet is well detailed and includes color details.

The decals are awesome and will add a lot to the Valom Kit which I have now ordered to allow me to use these in the future. I will do the Red Devils aircraft as I have seen this one in action a few times in the past.

Thanks go to Caracal Models for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

North American B-25B, C, and D Mitchell Decals

Published: November 18th, 2019     
North American B-25B, C, and D Mitchell Decals
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Designs is a company based in Ottawa Canada. They offer decals, aircraft color charts, and publications. This time around we'll take a look at their decal sheet for the B-25B, C, and D models. There are five different aircraft represented on this sheet. My modification comments are based on using the Airfix B-25 (kit # A06015). See my separate review of that kit on this site.

VF-154 Black Knights

Published: November 17th, 2019     
VF-154 Black Knights
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

All Phantom Fans have heard of the famous VF-154 Black Knights. This decal set from AOA provides an excellent set of four markings for the F-4J during the 1970's. This sheet covers one Navy fighter squadron - VF-154 Black Knights - when they operated the F-4J Phantom in the 1970's. From the AOA website:

Marking Options Included:

  1. USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1970-71) - standard scheme
  2. USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1972-73) - CAG & standard scheme
  3. NAS Miramar (1977-78) - CAG scheme

AOA states that there are markings for the centerline fuel tank for the 1972+ period. You will notice that the fuel tank is quite visible on the illustrations of the F-4J provided by AOA in the packaging.

There are some important comments on the instruction sheets in the package, such as the need to paint the canopy framing a certain color prior to decal application. In fact, there is quite a bit of very helpful information regarding the markings that AOA has provided to the modeler.

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