Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-5E Nellis and PACAF "Gomer" Aggressors

Published: September 26th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis and PACAF "Gomer" Aggressors
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The Northrop F-5E found a home with both the USAF and USN as a dissimilar air combat training aircraft, more commonly known as an Aggressor or Top Gun Adversary aircraft. A former brother-in-law of mine was kind enough to invite me to Nellis AFB in the late 1980's as he was going through his Aggressor pilot training before being posted to Bentwaters, UK. Getting a chance to see a group of "cheap" F-5E's "shoot down" a flight of F-15's was quite an impressive achievement, but then that was the purpose of these highly trained adversary pilots, to teach tactics used by Eastern Bloc pilots and their satellite air forces. I previously was a big fan of the uniquely painted aircraft and getting to see them in person and watch them in action just solidified my interest in them. (Yes, I know that the 527th patch is USAFE based, but I didn't have a 26th AS patch in my collection).

P-38 Lightning Wicked Women Decals

Published: September 25th, 2010     
P-38 Lightning Wicked Women Decals
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Two aircraft are represented on this sheet of decals for the P-38J aircraft for the 9th Air Force, and as the title sheet suggests, nose art of wicked women. One set for the 402nd Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group flown by Lt. Ian B. Mackenzie with D-Day invasion stripes. His nose art is the "Vivacious Virgin II". The second choice is for the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group flown by Lt. Charles B. Ray sporting "San Antonio Rose" for his nose art.

These are very nice decals produced for the P-38 Lightning. There are two complete sets of decals here including the stenciling. Three sets of national insignia are provided, one being in a faded blue. There is no need to cut around the solid color decals and some of the stenciling, since there isn't any to be found. The decals are thin and shouldn't sit in the water too long to soften up.

Porsche 962 Decals

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Porsche 962 Decals
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: M & S Hobbies

The Porsche 962 was one of the most successful race cars ever produced. Being a customer based car, there were many teams that raced them at all the major tracks in Europe and the US. Every superlative fits this amazing car, and M & S Hobbies has chosen it as the basis for a series of decal sheets that will fit the Tamiya 962 kit. M & S also produces a transkit for the 962 that will enhance and accurize this kit, but that's the subject of another review!

I received three decal sheets in the series. There are two sheets for the #86 Bayside Disposal car, One in Budweiser markings and the other in Bridgestone markings. The third sheet is in #16 Dyson Racing livery. Produced by UMI for M & S Hobbies these sheets contain all the markings for the featured car. Theses decals are about the finest I've ever seen. They're extremely well printed and in perfect register. The colors are spot on to the actual cars according to my references and observations.

USN Super Carrier Decals

Published: January 1st, 2009     
USN Super Carrier Decals
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Gold Medal Models

I would like to thank Loren Perry for this review sample and the decal photo.    

Until recently, ship modelers have had limited options for aftermarket decals. With the release of so many new ship kits, the demand for additional decal options has grown. While most manufacturers have focused on the etched-brass market, Gold Medal Models - one of the decal torch bearers as well as a PE manufacturer - has answered the call and released a decal sheet that covers the US Navy super carriers from CV(A)-59 on up. Not only will this sheet work with the new Trumpeter 1/700 NIMITZ Class, but also the classic Revell CVAN-65 ENTERPRISE, the venerable Monogram KITTYHAWK Class CV(A)s, the Italeri CV and CVN models and the Fujimi CV kits as well. 

Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle
Reviewed by: Don Matthys, IPMS# 32708
Scale: 1/144
Company: Cutting Edge
  • Masks - CEBM44002 - $9.99 USD
  • Decals - CED44002 - $18.99 USD

The Masks

Here is one good idea from a company called Cutting Edge, a part of Meteor Productions.  These are pre-cut painting masks for painting the orbital stage of the NASA space shuttle.  Cutting Edge has released two sets, in 1/144 and 1/72 scales, both good for the models made by Academy/Minicraft and Monogram.

These "Black Magic" masks consisted of slightly kiss cut black vinyl.  They are very flexible and self adhesive.  The mask patterns conform to the models color breaks, panel lines and over contours.  Thus it saves the time and trouble of making your own masks and friskets.

I wanted to try these out right away so I will use the Academy/Minicraft 1/144 Space Shuttle stack.  Most all of the assembly of the model is per instructions.  With the exception of using Meteor Productions resin replacements for the orbiter main engines and the camera mount now fitted to the existing fleet of orbiters.  All this is done to the point of painting.

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