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Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Tomcats at War-Pt 2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt  2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48

Navy jets can be boring in their all grey color schemes, however, that is not always the case. The CAG birds tend to get the full color treatment, hence this sheet and the title of Showboats. These aircraft sported all kinds of markings at different times in their lifecycle.

With the release of the Tamiya, and now the AMK F-14 Tomcat kits, there is a need for some colorful markings for them. Fightertown Decals has the answer for those markings.

Fightertown Decals has produced decals for 14 different aircraft. Well that isn't quite true. They provide markings for eight aircraft at different timeframes to show 14 different marking options. Fightertown produces some great looking Tomcat decals. This sheet is no different.

MiG-21F-13 Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
MiG-21F-13 Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

The MiG-21F-13 was the first operational version of the fighter. It was used throughout the Soviet sphere of influence. It was used in the deserts of the Mideast to the Jungles of Vietnam. Trumpeter's kit of the F-13 is a really nice kit but the kit decal options could use some updating. Enter Iliad Design and this sheet.

Packaged in a ziplock bag is a single sheet of instructions. Printed on a double-sided page are seven aircraft from around the world in full color. The instructions show left side profiles and upper plan views. There are descriptions and FS callouts for each aircraft.

The decals themselves are very well printed. I'm not sure who printed them. They are thin on the sheet and it perfect register. The colors all look accurate. There are no stencils included but the national markings and individual aircraft markings are.

The first aircraft is from the Chinese PLAAF with Love Live Chairman Mao on the nose.

The next is a famous MiG-21, the one that an Iraqi defector flew to Isreal in 1966.

Another Arab MiG is the next, a Syrian aircraft from the 1973 Arab/Israeli war.

Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48

The F-14 Tomcat, was a movie star and retired way too soon. This beautiful fighter led a long and distinguished career and sported some unique color schemes. At the end of its service life it was predominately shades of gray. That doesn't mean it was a dull collection of markings, just the opposite. Some of these grays made for some colorful markings.

Fightertown Decals has been producing some great decals for the F-14 Tomcat and this sheet is no exception. Included in the marking options are 6 Squadrons with 16 marking options. There are at least four different variants of grey paint schemes on these subjects.

The decals and instructions are packaged in a large Ziplock style bag. The instructions are printed on high quality bond paper in full color, on three double sided 8.5x11 sheets. Each aircraft is shown on both sides, as well as, upper and lower plan views. Each aircraft shows where all the individual markings are applied.

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

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.

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