Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Spitfires Part 1

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Spitfires Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Fündekals

The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred. Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag. They are on two decal sheets. One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels. They are printed by Cartograf. The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with.

But where are the instructions? You have to download them from the Fundekals website. This does a couple of things, the most important one is to keep costs down and allows more money to be spent on the amount of aircraft included. It also allows Fundekals to include plenty of reference photos and history on each aircraft. The instruction booklet is full of great reference snippets and photos. Things like the factory installed mirror. Unit information and pilot information to go along with the decals. There is a lot of research that went into each subject aircraft.

North American P-51 Part 3 - Big Beautiful Doll Special

Published: November 27th, 2018     
North American P-51 Part 3 - Big Beautiful Doll Special
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals from Japan has issued a 1/32nd scale set titled "Part 3- Big Beautiful Doll Special" which covers six versions of Col. John Landers famous P-51D. The set actually starts with markings when he was a major and then Lt. Colonel and then finished with Colonel so it has markings showing the progression of his career.

A quick bit of history, Col. Landers had 14.5 kills making him almost a triple ace, starting with P-40's then P-38's and lastly the P-51. This set only covers the P-51's and there are two specific planes with multiple markings. The markings in the set cover the following aircraft:

Eagle Squadron Spitfire Vb Decals

Published: November 26th, 2018     
Eagle Squadron Spitfire Vb Decals
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Skygrid Aviaeology

Decal Sheet Contents

There are three sheets of decals included in this package: the larger of the three has the roundels and fin flash along with aircraft codes. The mid-size sheet has additional aircraft codes and numbers, while the third and smallest sheet has individual pilot nose art. There are decals to model at least two of 10 photo-documented subjects, based on carefully interpreted graphic reconstructions. Additional models built will require the modeler to provide roundels and fin flash.

The decal sheets include marking from the three squadrons: 71 Squadron, four aircraft, 121 Squadron, four aircraft, and 133 Squadron two aircraft. Six 8 1/2" by 11" pages of black and white instructions are included with the decals, along with a link to the supplier is provided from which full color instructions may be obtained and home printed. The black and white is more than adequate, but the color version is spectacular.

P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings

Published: November 25th, 2018     
P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian designer of waterslide decals for the plastic scale modeling hobby. Based on an internet search, their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from World War II and many small-scale airliners. 1/144 and 1/72 scales are well represented.

This particular sheet is designed for the Tamiya 1/72 P-47D model, and contains markings for three subjects and a complete set of maintenance stencils. The aircraft options on this decal sheet are "Zombie", a P-4D-20-RE, s/n 42-76594, flown by Capt. Ronald J. Upp, 361st FS, 356th FG, Martlesham, England, November, 1944; "Turtle", a P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26250 flown by Lt. Charles D. Dooney, 509thFS, 405th FG, St. Dizier, France, Winter, 1944; and P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26261, flown by Lt. Walter A Gabrowski, 511th FS, 405th FG, Zima, Italy, 1944/45.

LPS Hobby's decals are printed by Microscale in perfect register. They will make for an interesting, not often seen aircraft subject on contest tables.

Very highly recommended! Thanks to LPS Hobby and IPMS for the review set.

BOAC Mosquito PR IV G-AGFV (DZ411) Decals

Published: November 20th, 2018     
BOAC Mosquito PR IV G-AGFV (DZ411) Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Fundekals is a newer company but the people behind them have been around the modeling scene for years. And they have a new business model. They are aware of the cost of decals and the current trend to have dozens of markings. They have decided on (mostly) one set of markings per sheet and a onetime printing and generally will not include things like national markings. And they do not include the instructions sheets which are downloadable from their web site in PDF form. And, that's a good thing which you will see in a minute.

The subject of this sheet is the Mosquito PR.IV which had regular flights between Scotland and Stockholm between 1943 and 1945. This was a dangerous flight as it went over occupied Norway. The British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) started running these flights with a single modified Mosquito eventually acquiring six more. This decals sheet represents the first plane, G-AGFV, during its entire career.