Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1

Published: October 24th, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Advanced Modeling

Please note that this product was provided to IPMS directly by Advanced Models. The product is available through "Victory Models". Also, please note that at the time of writing this review the Victory Models website did not show a page for AMD 148022. There is another product that has decals for the Su-24M, that being item number 148021, which is covered in another revew.

The "Syrian Warriors Pt.1" decal package contains an Information Sheet, a decal sheet, and a set of paint masks. The Information Sheet included in the Decal package is in Russian and English. In some cases, decal sheets produced by companies that are not primarily English speaking can cause the modeler to rely on the images rather than text. That is not the case with A.M. Decals. While the English translation is a little stiff, it is very informative and not at all difficult to understand. English speakers won't miss a word of explanation and information.

Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: AOA Decals

When something in 1/144 scale comes up as available for review, I will quite often jump on it. There isn't NEARLY as much in 1/144 as in 1/72 or 1/48, so I'm quite often looking at a list with nothing for me. When I saw the AOA Decals AC-119 decals in 1/144, I grabbed it. And I'm glad I did.

The Roden AC-119K Stinger is a pretty good kit, but I really wish the Eastern Europeans would start putting locating rings and tabs on their parts. A simple butt joint doesn't always hold up well to handling. In this case, if you look at my Stinger, you'll notice that the tail booms don't line up very well with the fuselage. That's because I managed to rip these parts off the kit THREE times.

So I'm very happy to review AOA's decals for the AC-119.

F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)

Published: September 4th, 2018     
F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The Air Force's 18th Aggressor Squadron is based at Eielson AFB in Alaska and flies specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Recently, the Squadron painted some of its F-16s in several variations of the "Splinter" scheme recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs have now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict these schemes.

F-102A & F-106 Decals

Published: September 3rd, 2018     
F-102A & F-106 Decals
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fündekals

Fundekals provided these five sample sheets for my review.  Each sheet provides numerous decals. The F-102A sheets each provide either five or six sets of individual markings. In the case of the Stencil sheet at least one complete set of markings (many of which I used in completion of my F-102A model, and in the Stars and Bars sheets, numerous national insignia.


Published: August 30th, 2018     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The second new release from Eagle Editions in their EagleCal line of decals is aimed at the Bf-109G-6. With the release of the Tamiya kit and the previously released Eduard and Zvezda kits there is no shortage of plastic to put these on. While I'm only reviewing the 1/48th scale decals, they are also available in 1/72nd and 1/32nd scales.

The Bf-109G-6 is a favorite amongst modelers and model manufacturers so the big thing is which markings to add to yours. EagleCals has you covered with this release.

Packaged in a ziplock baggie, you get 11x17 instruction sheet printed in full color. The profiles are on the cover but inside of the cover are larger versions. The artwork is done by James Bentley. The artwork is superb and the drawings are quite nice and reproduced well. Inside you can find the written interpretation of the camouflage and aircraft. The other page has the stencil placement instructions. The back cover has the plan view of the upper wings and a section of the lower wing .