Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Vietnamese Spads (I)

Published: September 25th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (I)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

This particular sheet is part one of AOA's Vietnamese Spads series. They offer this sheet in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. The subject options on this sheet are:

Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017

Published: September 24th, 2019     
Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War - Operation Inherent Resolve 2017
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Furball Aero Designs

Last summer Furball Aero Design released a set of decals for Carrier Air Wing Eight during its participation in Operation Inherent Resolve in 2017. And what a set it is, providing markings for five F/A-18F's (VFA-213), eight F/A-18E's (VFA-31 and VFA-87), three F/A-18C's (VFA-37) and two EA-18G's (VAQ-131) and include the markings for VFA-87's F/A-18E that shot down a Syrian Su-22 on June 18, 2017 (both before and after) and its wingman. The decals are on two sheets and appear to include enough stencils for 3 models (2 Super Hornets/Growlers and one Legacy Hornet (F/A-18C).

The instructions are very comprehensive and include 6 pages illustrating the markings for the different jets, three pages showing where the stencils go on each type of aircraft and two pages of load-out charts showing typical loads for each squadron's aircraft - a very useful addition for those of us wanting to show the jets loaded up. The set does not include any stencils for anything that you may want to hang under the wings other than drop tanks and the Growler's ALQ-99 pods. You will need to source decals for your ordinance either from your kit itself or any weapons set you use.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: August 24th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Between April to October of 2018, several F-15Es from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (the "Panthers") deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East to support Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, tasked with striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the Panthers completed nearly 2,000 missions, over 10,000 flying hours, employing more than 500 precision-guided munitions in support of US Central Command operations. On their return to Lakenheath at the end of the deployment, the aircraft were seen sporting some very striking nose art and mission markings.

Since 2001, TwoBobs decals has built up a reputation for high-quality, well-researched and detailed decal sheets with a focus on modern US aircraft. This decal sheet focuses on some of the more prominent Panthers from the OIR deployment.

The airframes on this sheet are:

Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals

Published: August 24th, 2019     
Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fundekals

Opening the package of decals you will find two large sheets of beautifully printed markings for no less than nine Corsairs These aircraft include mostly F4U-1A's with markings for two F4U-1D's and one late war FG-1D. There is no instruction booklet included in the package. However going to the Fundekals website you can download the instruction booklet as a PDF file. I call this an instruction booklet as it is comprised of 24 pages of Color and B&W illustrations and photographs of each of the aircraft covered on the sheet. Also in the booklet are precise instructions pointing out the various differences in each of the covered aircraft. A detailed history of each covered aircraft and its pilot is included. A really nice touch was a page covering the various different antenna arrangements. Covering, as they say, "Some stuff you might not have known". Another page explains "New research on insignia colors in the Solomons. 1943-1944".

Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set - LEPT Decals

Published: July 6th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set - LEPT Decals
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!, and Phil and John in the specialized shipping to reviewer's business.

This review is uber simple without a tip requirement for the driver. It's the basic stencils from the Tempest Profipak kit decal sheet, to which you can apply to the marking you want from the kit OR some other source. It's all there... and the only decals I didn't use were those specific to certain kit markings; like the door outline in red with a lot of instructions on how to open it, the yellow "cut here on the canopy, and myriad two-dot decals to indicate airframe bolts with specialty metal composition.

I did not have time or vision to put the dots on. Sorry.

These are some of the best decals I've used in a while; they were thin but did not roll up on themselves, and when I used the appropriate setting solutions, the carrier film magically disappeared. A semi-gloss overcoat and it was done. What else is there to modeling?

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