Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail.

The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers

Published: January 12th, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet on the tail.

The sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included for the fuel tanks and jamming pods. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen, especially for a 1/72 scale subject. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

North American P-51 Mustang Part 3

Published: January 9th, 2019     
North American P-51 Mustang Part 3
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike is one of leaders in aviation decals with a unique variety of markings, usually hard to find subjects. This set covers one subject but six variants. I did not have a clue there were this many renditions of "Big Beautiful Doll" (BBD). Three restored P-51D Mustangs sported BBD markings over the years following WWII. Tragically two of these crashed recently, with one in 2011 where the pilot bailed out successfully after colliding with an A-1 Skyraider at Duxford England. The second crash in Arizona resulted in two fatalities in 2016.

The six subjects, all markings worn during WWII and flown by John D. Landers and two airframes include:

B-25 "Desert Warrior" Decals

Published: December 30th, 2018     
B-25 "Desert Warrior" Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Among my several favorite aircraft I have an affinity for the B-25 Mitchell in any form. So when Airfix announced the B-25C/D in 1/72 scale I put one on reserve at my local hobby shop and my plans are to start building at my local IPMS club modeling retreat this January. I planned on building the Desert Warrior scheme so this set will work out perfectly for me. Up until just a week or so ago I usually took for gospel that decal sheets were reasonably accurate...

Upon receiving the Lifelike decal sheet, I started doing a little research on the B-25 "Desert Warrior" that Airfix provides as one of two finishing choices in their new B-25C/D kit. My goal was to try and get to the bottom of the decal dilemma. The dilemma being why did Lifelike Decals release decals to correct some of the decals provided in the Airfix kit.

I started by reading through the information provided by Lifelike with this decal set. They cited no less than eleven sources of photographs used as their reference. Two of the references are color photographs. As I didn't have any of their sources in my tiny book collection, I resorted to searching the internet for photos.

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service for the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew. Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings.

In accordance with the agreement between Russia and Syria, a group of Russian aircraft were sent to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, September 2015 to fly in support of the Syrian ground forces. During actual operations, the national insignias and registration numbers were overpainted. This could not be easily removed so areas of lighter gray can be seen behind the restored insignias and numbers on certain aircraft. This sheet contains seven different markings for Su-24s that have been operated out of the Khmeimim Air Base.