DECAL SHEETS

IRONWORKS FIGHTER

1/72

The Hellcat

By: Armycast

Item no: ACD 72 020

Price: €12.50

Web: www.armycast.cz

Armycast’s new Hellcat decal collection is refreshing because it offers export markings as well as US Navy items. One carrier sheet has mostly white numbers and ID devices, while much more colour adorns the other backing, which offers national insignia, unit badges and the like. A bonus is the resin antenna fairing provided for one of the Uruguayan options. Nine early/late F6F-5 airframes are represented, and the decal quality, register and colours are splendid; these markings are also available in 1/48 ACD 48020. Examples include:

• 76 ‘10,000th Hellcat’, VBF-87, USS Ticonderoga, June 1945

• 8, VOF-1, USS Tulagi, Operation Dragoon, August 1944

• 216/BA, CVL-26, USS Monterey, 1953

• ‘S’, GC II/9 ‘Auvergne’, Armée de L’Air, Tan Son Nhut, 1952

• 22, Flotille 1F, Aeronavale, Indochina, 1951

• A-401, Uruguay Aviación Naval, 1952-1960

‘NINE’ SELECTION

1/48

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Collection

By: Xtradecal

Item no: X48172

Price: £7.99

Web: www.hannants.co.uk

Anyone contemplating Spitfire Mk.IX projects have a great aftermarket option here, courtesy of Hannants’ own brand. While RAF day fighter camouflage rules the roost, pleasing variety comes via high-altitude Medium Sea Grey over PRU Blue, and desert tones on a USAAF airframe. Some of the ten choices are:

• Mk.IXc, MA466/ BQ-S, 451 Sqn, Corsica, 1944

• Mk.IXc, WD-M, 4th FS, 52nd FG, USAAF, Corsica, 1944

• Mk.IXc, NH346/ LK-M, 87 Sqn, Zeltweg, Austria, 1946

• LF.IXe, RK856/CA-G, Maj Cecil Golding, 3 Sqn SAAF, Italy, 1945

• Mk.IX, MK805/SH-B ‘Peter John III’, Flt Lt Tony Cooper, 64 Sqn, Harrowbeer, July 1944

• Mk.IX, RK917/DB, Gp Capt Douglas Bader, Essex Sector, 1945

MEXICAN LOW-COST

1/144

TAESA 737-200

By: Decales Global

Item no: DG-14122

Price: US $9

Web: www.joydecals.com

Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos (TAESA) was a Mexican budget airline that operated from 1988 to 2000. This sheet caters for the carrier’s 737-200 XA-SLC, and offers window/door decals, windscreens, national flags and company branding. The blue tail logo comes on yellow backing, but the latter is somewhat patchy due to the printing. All other markings look great, though, and the painting is easy given that the aircraft’s fuselage is overall white.

SHADES OF GREY

1/72

USN/USMC/USAF Lo-Viz Insignia and Data

By: Euro Decals

Item no: ED-72114 Price: £7.95

Web: www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk

No modeller of modern US jets should be without this incredibly handy sheet of low-vis grey markings. Stars and bars, rescue banners, ejection seat stencils and intake warning chevrons of various styles feature here, along with NAVY and MARINES legends. Recipient types include the KC-135, A-4, F-15C/E, F-117, AV-8B, MH-60 and A-10. Perfect if one needs replacement decals due to kit items being damaged, or simply for a change of scheme, these are perfect.

SYRIAN SUITCASES

1/48

Sukhoi Su-24M from the Russian VKS in Syria

By: Begemot

Item no: 48-037 Price: £10.70

Web: www.begemotdecals.ru

Considering this two-sheet package contains options for 15 Su-24M Fencer-D airframes, plus pre-cut painting masks (for the initial aircraft deployed to Syria, which had painted-over serials and insignia), it’s an absolute bargain. Designed for Trumpeter’s impressive 1/48 scale kit, all airframes bear standard light grey/white camouflage, with radomes and dielectric panels in the latter tone. Meticulous research has uncovered a treasure trove of information on Syrian-deployed Fencers (nicknamed ‘suitcase’ due to their slab-sided fuselage), and Begemot has packed this into the busy instructions. The schemes, all belonging to the Aviation Group of the Russian VKS in Syria, include:

• 0615326/RF-90932/White 26, Khmeimin, October 2015

• RF-93811/White 72, Khmeimin, early 2017

• RF-90940/White 08, Khmeimin, October 2015

• RF-92015/White 49, Khmeimin, summer 2016

• RF-93800/Blue 53, Khmeimin, May 2016

• RF-93810/White 75, Khmeimin, November 2015

• RF-90943/White 04, Khmeimin, autumn 2016

TAKING ON THE VC

1/72

Air War Over Vietnam Pt.2

By: Blackbird models

Item no: BMD72043

Price: £10

Web: www.blackbirdmodels.co.uk

In this second collection of Vietnam War participants, Blackbird Models gives more weight to local airframes (three of the seven), but still manages to offer an eclectic mix of subjects. There’s a USAF RB-57E, F-110D and RF-101C, US Navy AP-2H and VNAF C-47, U-6 and UH-1H, with schemes varying from overall black to white/grey, overall Olive Drab, South East Asian camouflage and three-tone greys.

The decals feature excellent register and opacity, but the unit codes and serials for the F-100D and RF-101 should be white, rather than the supplied light grey. The schemes are:

• RB-57E, 0-54245/ BA-245, 460th TRW, USAF

• U-6, 41694/X, VNAF

• UH-1H, 152/363, Medical Evacuation Flt, VNAF, Bien Hoa, 1971

• C-47A, 45939/R, VNAF

• F-100D, 53-403 ‘Charlene’ 309th TFS, 31st TFW, Tuy Hoa,

• AP-2H, 148337/3 ‘Napalm Nellie’, VAH-21, USN, Cam Ranh Bay

• RF-101C, 56-119/AH ‘The Green Dragon’, 45th TRS, 460th TRW, Tan Son Nhut, late 1969

ALBION’S BIG GUNS

1/72

M109A1/A2 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

By: S&M Models

Item no: SMD72-15 Price: £5

Web: www.sandmmodels.co.uk

S&M has branched out into decals for 1/72 military vehicle subjects; the first such set covers British Army M109A1 and A2 howitzers and is intended for Revell, Riich or OKB Grigorov kits. Five are depicted in either overall mid-Bronze Green or IRR Green with black disruptive pattern, and the final two represent vehicles deployed as part of Operation Granby during the 1991 First Gulf War. Perhaps due to the printing process, several decals appear to have a soft edge, but otherwise register and opacity are good.

Note the markings are printed on a single sheet of carrier film, so will need cutting out individually prior to being applied.

• M109A1, 00ED24

• M109A1, 00ED28

• M109A2, 00ED58/Black B, BAOR, 1980s

• M109A2, 00ED59/Black C, 45 Regt RA, Hohne

• M109A2, 00HB42/Yellow 20B.

• M109A2, 00HB56/Black 30D, 40 Fd Regt RA, 7 Armd Bde, Kuwait, 1991

• M109A2, 00HB29/Black 20A, 4 Armd Bde, Kuwait, 1991

ATO WEASEL

1/72

52nd TFW F-4G Phantom

By: Milspec Decals

Item no: 72-007

Price: US$8

Web: www.milspecdecals.com

For some reason, defencesuppression or ‘Wild Weasel’ platforms always seem to have an aggressive air about them, and none more so than European- 1-camouflaged F-4Gs. Milspec’s busy single decal sheet supplies all necessary markings, insignia, stencils (including low-voltage light strips) and shark-mouth for a single machine, with all aspects researched exhaustively. Four-view painting/decaling diagrams provide all necessary guidance to build this US Air Force Europe-deployed airframe — all items feature superb colour definition and quality and this product would be suitable for any 1/72 F-4G. Note, modellers could arm this aircraft with either AGM- 65 Maverick and AGM-78 Standard or AGM-88 HARM weapons as the latter was just entering service in 1985. This F-4G scheme (which is also available in 1/48 and 1/32 scales) is for:

• 69-0247/SP, 52nd TFW, Spangdahlem, Germany, 1985

BOARDING STEPS

1/144

Malév Airlines KhaZ SPT-104 Stairs

By: Arctic Decals

Item no: ARC144-V03

Price: €6

Web: www.arcticdecals.com

And now for something decidedly different…Airline markings for passenger boarding stairs, specifically those used by Hungarian carrier Malév on its Khaz-104 self-propelled units. They would have been seen around Il-14, Tu-134s and possibly even the airline's early Boeing 737-300s at airport terminals. These markings are designed for Eastern Express’ SPT-104 kits, but should also be applicable to NorthStar’s SPT- 154 stairs (which were the later version). Each decal will need to be cut from the sheet prior to application, as they are printed on a single sheet of gloss carrier film. Three different styles of markings are supplied, featuring red and blue logos and legends. Dark grey stripes are included for the tops of the hand rails and rubber pads where the ladders come into contact with the aircraft.

ARCHIPELAGO ZEROS

1/72

Hamp over the Solomon Islands

By: H-Models

Item no: HMD72080 Price: £7.99

Web: www.ghstudio.net

This is the fourth in H-Models range of Mitsubishi A6M decals and provides basic unit/ national markings for four Model 32 ‘Hamp’ sub-types that were operated over the Solomon islands in 1943- 44. Three are in overall Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) light grey-green, while the fourth has IJN Green uppersurfaces.

Three sheets are included; two supply basic and white-rimmed hinomaru in various sizes (with eight spares), and the third offers aircraft codes, airframe inscriptions and landing gear door stripes. Stencils are available separately (HMD72071) and this set is also available in 1/48 scale (HMD48061). The aircraft are:

• Black T2133, 1943

• Red -138, Iwakuni (Training) Kokutai, 1943

• Red -127, Iwakuni (Training) Kokutai, 1943

• White -180, CPO Takeo Tanimizu, Tainan Kokutai, Tainan, September 1944

WARSAW PACT INVADERS

1/35

T-55 in Prague ‘68

By: Star Decals

Item no: 35-C1131

Price: US$6.50

Web: www.star-decals.net

Star’s dedicated T-55 set provides eight examples (with options for three additional subjects) of tanks involved in Operation Danube, the Sovietled invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The overall Russian Green vehicles are a mix of T-54, T-55 and T-55A variants, from Soviet and Polish units, and would be suitable for any 1/35 T-55 kits. Operational identification marks/stripes varied considerably between units and nationalities, and these are captured accurately on the profiles, along with and Czech ‘paint bombs’ thrown as the tanks moved through the crowded streets in Prague. As always, opacity is excellent, although the matt carrier film may lead to silvering. The schemes are:

• T-55, White 6, Soviet Army

• T-55, White 4130, Polish Army

• T-55, White 140, Soviet Army

• T-55A, White 512, Soviet Army

• T-54A, White 027, Soviet Army

• T-55, Soviet Army

• T-55, White 462, Soviet Army

• T-55A, White 452

HERALDIC SCOOTERS

1/72

A-4F VA-212 Rampart Raiders

By: MILSPEC Decals

Item no: 72-017 Price: US$10

Web: www.milspecdecals.com

US Navy A-4s were renowned for their brightly coloured unit markings, and VA-212 featured a striking rampant golden lion on a black shield motif. MILSPEC’s latest early A-4 set deals with one airframe from this squadron, BuNo 154979, Modex 304, as it appeared in 1973 when assigned to CVW-21 (NP tail codes) on USS Hancock (CV-19), during which the aircraft flew in the Indian and Arabian Seas. In addition to providing the basic unit/airframe data, this package also includes full airframe stencils, walkways and anti-glare panels, which are available separately as 72-010. Colour registration and density on both sheets are excellent, with VA-212’s lion insignia notable for its clarity and contrast. These decals would be ideal for any dorsal-hump-fitted 1/72 A-4E/F. This product is also available in 1/48 and 1/32 scales (48-017 and 32-017 respectively).