Reviews of scale model decal sets.

MiG-19 / Shenyang J-6s Decals

Published: May 9th, 2019     
MiG-19 / Shenyang J-6s Decals
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Background Information

Iliad Design is a Canadian producer of decals, books, and aircraft color charts. Decals are offered in 1/32nd, 1/48th and 1/72nd scales and cover propeller- and jet-powered aircraft

Decal Sheet Contents

This sheet offers markings for seven MiG-19 and Chinese manufactured J-6 aircraft. Countries include Egypt, Pakistan, and Russia. Many of the color schemes are a bit odd and unusual, which makes for some interesting subjects.

The first aircraft is a Shenyang J-6, the Chinese version of the MiG-19S, in Pakistani Air Force markings. The aircraft is a three-color scheme, with the FS colors called out.

Next is a Shenyang J-6 of the Egyptian Air Force, in a two-color scheme, and the FS colors are noted.

The third aircraft is another Pakistani J-6 in red, green and white retirement markings. This is a very colorful aircraft.

The fourth is a MiG-19S from the Moscow Military District aerobatic display team with an all red topside finish.

Next another Shenyang J-6 of the Albanian Air Force.  This aircraft is in a natural metal finish, with few markings.

F-16CG F-16CM Falcon / Viper '31st Fighter Wing - Return with Honor', Avianio AB, Italy

Published: May 6th, 2019     
F-16CG F-16CM Falcon / Viper '31st Fighter Wing - Return with Honor', Avianio AB, Italy
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bullseye Model Aviation

The F-16 has always been a favorite of mine. So when these decals came out I just had to get a set. The Aviano aircraft have been involved in all major campaigns since 2001. This sheet covers from 2002 to 2009.

Packaged in a large ziplock bag are seven double-sided high-quality sheets with full color printings. There are marking options for 14 aircraft. Each aircraft has both side profile views. All the markings are clearly seen. If there was a variation in the markings it is pointed out. Each sheet has two aircraft on each side of the sheet. Some of the aircraft have really colorful markings, including nose art and tail markings. The Wyvern and fin flash are quite colorful. If you like color on your Falcon this is a great sheet. There are mission markings and kill markings.

B-1B Lancer Decals Part 2

Published: May 5th, 2019     
B-1B Lancer Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Decals

Caracal Models is one of leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. This B-1B Lancer ("BONE") is a continuation of a very popular subject with large colorful nose art and some tail flash.

Printed by Cartograph, the four sheets are printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Two of the four sheets are dedicated to walkways, stencils and standard markings. The other two sheets are unique to each subject. Markings included for McConnel (127th BS in 2000), three Dyess aircraft, one Ellsworth and one Robins AFB aircraft. 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 color (one color makes it easy) for all aircraft with note options of painting the refueling receptacle instead of a decal.

RAF C-130J Hercules

Published: April 30th, 2019     
RAF C-130J Hercules
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is one of 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 C-130 is not a new subject to Caracal but a first in 1/144 scale. This launch subject is quite colorful and unique to say the least, which is a welcome sight. 

Printed by Cartograph, the sheet is printed perfectly with markings that are very fine, easy to read, and very vibrant colorful portions. Markings included for three schemes of the RAF 47 Squadron, two 100th anniversary, and a 50th anniversary markings on the C-130J C5 Hercules. There are four red/white strips that are used on the propeller tips.

The instructions consist of four color pages that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct BAC and FS paint colors for each aircraft and easily distinguish where each color is applied. The good thing is the plane's basic color is all green (some small flat black areas), with one version where RAF pale roundel blue is needed on the tail.

P-40 Wheels - Cross Tread

Published: April 27th, 2019     
P-40 Wheels - Cross Tread
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Czech Master Kits, CMK, have released a really nice P-40N kit recently and a ton of aftermarket items for it and other P-40 kits.

This set is one of several replacement tire kits and features the cross thread pattern which resin is probably the best medium to capture this detail.

The set includes two main wheels and tires with alternate hub detail parts. The cross thread pattern is really well done and I could not find a molding blemish or bubble in the castings. These are direct replacements for the kit items.

These wheels will really add detail to one of your P-40 builds. Just make sure to check your references to make sure you use the correct hub and type of threads.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.