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Decal Review: Eduard supplies myriad markings for 1/48 F-4Bs

Modellers wanting to replace lost items from Tamiya’s new F-4B or just looking for stencils to enhance their F-4Bs by Hasegawa, Academy or Esci/Ertl will find Eduard’s two-sheet set very useful.

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Decal Review: French and Brazilian P-36s by LPS Hobby

Perfect for early-model P-36 kits in 1/72 – such as those by AML, AZ, Aoshima, Monogram and Heller – these LPS Hobby markings cater for an early-war French airframe and a Brazilian aircraft later in World War Two.

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Decal Review: Kits-World's Icelandic Beauties - 1/32 B-17Gs

Kits-World has produced several aftermarket decal sheets suitable for large-scale B-17 Flying Fortresses including Hong Kong Models’ 1/32 offering – its RAF-themed sets include this pair of meteorological reconnaissance airframes.

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Decal Review: H-Models caters for Czechoslovakian Willys Jeeps in 1/35

Modellers seeking a slightly different appearance for their 1/35 Willys Jeeps may wish to consider H-Models’ limited-edition Czechoslovakian decals, which provide for four vehicles - read a full review of these markings here.

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Decal Review: Azur-FRROM provides for its own 1/72 Potez 25 kits

Intended for its own Potez 25 kits, Azur-FRROM’s decals provide for a wealth of airframes - including those used by famed 20th century aviators, as AMW's review reveals...

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Decal Review: Air-Graphic's Bumper Operation Telic Selection in 1/72

This bumper offering from Air-Graphics includes two A5-sized decal sheets and supplies sufficient markings for more than 50 RAF airframes either involved or placed on standby for Operation Telic during 2003. Check out the full selection and the sheets themselves in this full-length review.

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Decal Review: Euro Decals' Flashy 1/48 Super Sabres

Suitable for ESCI, Revell/Monogram and Trumpeter kits, Euro Decals’s quarter-scale markings provide a trio of attractive markings schemes for 1/48 North American F-100D Super Sabres.

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Decal Review: Two Bobs' 1/48 A-10C Indiana Tankbusters

Modellers seeking different schemes for their Hobby Boss, Monogram and Italeri kits (although not straight from the box – they all need ‘tweaks’) or the forthcoming Academy offering will find much to savour on this set from Two Bobs.

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Decal Review: BOA's 1/144 Air France Caravelles

Designed to fit the Airfix or AModel Caravelle III kits, this comprehensive two-sheet set from BOA enables modellers to build any of the 46 airframes operated by Air France.

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Decal Review: Kits-World presents 1/72 RAF 24in Letter Codes

Kits-World has produced this set of late-1930s-style airframe letters for RAF aircraft in 1/72, replicating the Stores Ref. 33B/157 specification of 24in squadron/airframe letters in Sea Grey (later renamed Sky Grey).

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Decal Review: Eduard's 1/48 Smoke Rings Camouflage

Designed specifically for quarter-scale Macchi MC.202 Folgore and MC.205 Veltro kits – the former of which the firm has included in its range – are Eduard’s ‘smoke ring’ decals, replicating the unusual camouflage favoured by Italy.

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Decal Review: On Target's ode to HMS Eagle's Aircraft

The Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Eagle is the subject of On Target’s decals – in the form of the piston and jet-powered machinery carried by the craft.

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Decal Review: MILSPEC 1/72 562nd Tactical Fighter Training Sqn F-4G Phantoms

While the operational F-4G ‘Wild Weasel’ airframes get most attention, this superb decal sheet from MILSPEC provides markings for a training unit machine, assigned to the 562nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing at George Air Force Base, California, in 1990.

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Decal Review: Star Decals' Normandy Thunderbolt Shermans

Here’s another great compilation of schemes from Star Decals, with this sheet focusing on the vehicles used by the US Army’s 70th Tank Battalion ‘Thunderbolts’ at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944.

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A BIRDWATCHER'S DREAM

On Target Decals’ first collection of 1/72 BAE Hawk markings is a stunning selection of 17 liveries worn by variants of the popular type.

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MUSTANG'S MINIATURE MARKINGS

Designed to suit either Revell or Tamiya kits, but possibly usable with other 1/32 P-51Ds, Eduard’s stencil decals are ideal for adding the array of detailed information to Mustang airframes plus replacing lost or damaged kit markings.

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AMERICA'S RYANAIR

Imitating the Irish airline Ryanair’s business model, American low-cost operator Skybus was a short-lived private carrier that operated 13 Airbus A319s between May 22, 2007 and April 4, 2008 – one of these aircraft is the subject of Decales Global’s markings.

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DAZZLING DARTS

Modellers with either Trumpeter’s splendid 1/48 kit or conversion sets for their Monogram/Revell Delta Darts will find much to savour with Iliad’s selection of two-seat F-106B Delta Darts.

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ASIAN ARMOUR

Here’s a useful, if somewhat eclectic, set of 1/35 markings for military modellers, in the form of Lebanese Armed Forces unit markings.

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COLOURFUL PUCARÁS

The arrival of Kinetic’s 1/48 Pucará has produced a flurry of aftermarket goodies, with this set of markings from Two Bobs arguably being one of the highlights.

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COLOURFUL CHARACTERS

Until 2018, Russia’s Air Force was separate from the country’s Air and Space Defence Force – upon their conjoining, a new style of Bort Number, registration and airframe serial font was established.

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TRAINERS AND VIPS

Modellers wanting different schemes for their Airfix 1/72 Dominie T.1s may want to consider this collection of six airframe options, of which five are for that type (four wearing the classic red/white/grey livery), while the sixth is for an HS.125 Series 400/CC.1 airframe.

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SPECIAL DELTA

The Belgian Air Force is one of several European air arms that regularly clads its aircraft in anniversary schemes, so the retirement of the Mirage 5 from service in 1993 was never going to be passed up.

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TURNING POINT ARMOUR

This is ToRo Model’s first selection of British Sherman tanks as used during the Second Battle of El Alamein, which was arguably the point on which World War Two’s Desert Campaign swung toward Allied success.

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GLOBAL GUNSHIPS

Xtradecal has been inspired by Zvezda’s recent 1/48 Hind helicopter gunship to produce an eclectic collection of markings for the type, although most of these will be suitable for Monogram’s much older offering.

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SEIZING THE CANAL

Modelling to a theme can be highly rewarding from an educational perspective, which makes Star Decals’ products – such as this first set covering the Suez Crisis – most welcome.

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ELITE DREIDECKERS

Czech firm Eduard has teamed with Chinese company Meng to produce this set of aftermarket decals for the latter’s recent 1/32 Fokker Dr.I triplane, providing typically striking schemes for four Jagdgeschwader I ‘Flying Circus’ aircraft.

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PLYING TRADE

Designed for recreating the plywood-skinned construction of World War One-era Albatros fighters, Peewit’s 1/72 wood-pattern decals are also suitable for a range of other applications, such as in buildings or other vehicles.

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GULF MEDICINE

With 30 years having passed since the First Gulf War – known to British forces as Operation Granby – kit depictions of the equipment used during the conflict are sure to be popular.

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NORTH AFRICAN AIRBUS

Established by controversial businessman Rafik Khalifa, the Algerian firm Khalifa Airlines operated cargo and passenger operations from 1999, famously sponsored football team Olympique de Marseille’s shirts between 2001-03 and was dissolved in July of the latter year. One of its Airbus A320s is the subject of Decales Global’s 1/144 decals.