Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

KC-10 Extender

Published: April 21st, 2019     
KC-10 Extender
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is one of the leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The KC-10 is not a new subject, however it has been a long time since this subject has been available. With that being noted, older decals may not be reliable and the quality of printing is also in question.

Printed by Cartograph, the single sheet is printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Markings included from unit markings at March, Travis, Barksdale, McGuire and Seymour-Johnson. With these six different markings, there are three different color schemes with a clear guide on the time frame the color applies to. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. There is a note on a suggested FS blue color which is the one used on the decal sheet so those two will match.

Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death

Published: April 20th, 2019     
Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Background

Originally conceived and developed as a carrier-based fighter for the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair was initially adopted by the US Marine Corps as a dependable and extremely lethal land-based fighter-bomber.  The Corsair's unique and innovative configuration incorporated engine oil coolers in the inboard wing sections, with the resulting airflow through them making an unmistakable whistling sound, audible over the sound of the engine and firing of its guns.   So predominant and unnerving was this sound to the Japanese forces on the receiving end of Corsair wrath that they dubbed the Corsair "Whistling Death."  Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought under the designation F4U and license built by Goodyear as FG-1, Corsairs became the staple of Marine Corps fighter units in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 until the end of World War II in 1945.  Rugged, fast, dependable, and robustly armed, Corsairs continued service as fighter-bombers into the jet age through the Korean War.

Hawker Sea Furies of the Royal Canadian Navy and Sea Furies Pt. II

Published: April 14th, 2019     
Hawker Sea Furies of the Royal Canadian Navy and Sea Furies Pt. II
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fundekals

I have a couple of Trumpeter and the Hobbycraft versions of the Hawker Sea Fury in my growing stash, waiting for a rainy day project to come around. I really like the brutish appearance of this big five-bladed prop driven monster. I've had my eye on the Fundekals Sea Furies sheets for a while, with their collective choice of 18 different sets of markings for the type. I purchased several Barracuda Studios aftermarket goodies for the Trumpy kits, planning to do the colorful Canadian Navy Arctic Research version from the Pt I sheet, and maybe one of the Australian Navy blue birds from the Pt II sheet.

MiG-21MF Stencils

Published: March 17th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Stencils
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released its first 1/72 MiG-21MF kit last summer, it continued its recent trend of splitting the decals into two separate sheets, one with the unique markings for the aircraft depicted in the kit, the other being a full sheet of stencils. This method not only simplifies the decal printing process when Eduard decides to release additional boxings of the kit with new markings, but it also allows Eduard to release the stencil sheet as a stand-alone decal sheet.

The sheet provides complete, and I mean complete, stencils for at least two models, depending on whose aircraft you are building. This is due to the fact that on some MiG-21MFs most of the airframe stencils are done in black, while on other aircraft, they are in blue, and others have almost no stencils at all. You will need to check your references to see which color you need. The decal sheet provides a full set in each color so you can do decal one with black stencils and one with blue ones. There are also a number of stencils in red which seem to be common to both stencil styles and there are enough of these for two aircraft as well.

Spitfires Part 1

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Spitfires Part 1
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: Multiple
Company: Fundekals

If you're as big a fan of Spitfires as I am, you're going to REALLY love this product by Fundekals. Labeled "Spitfire Part 1" this product is actually two and a half sheets of decals, packed with markings. Frankly, I've never encountered a more useful decal sheet for Spitfires than this one.

Twelve different sets are included in this package (as well as numerous extras) covering everything from Spitfire Mk. 1s from the Battle of Britain to late-war Mk. XVIes. Not only British Spitfires are offered in the mix, but American Eagle Squadron aircraft are included as well. It does NOT, however, include walkways and stenciling, although it does include the gun patches associated with each aircraft.

The details have been meticulously researched, and the 27-page instruction booklet (found online only) includes historical pictures of each aircraft depicted, along with notes and information on how schemes were worked out or analyzed by the Fundekals team. Each aircraft is depicted with 4 views so there's no question about the camouflage scheme or other details that might be missed otherwise.

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