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Decal reviews

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TWIN-ENGINED EAGLE KNIGHT

Airliner modellers seeking something different for their Eastern Express, Minicraft, Welsh Models or Zvezda Boeing 757-200 kits may find Decales Global’s AeroMexico set ideal.

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SIXTIES SCHOOLING

Part of Air-Graphic’s UK Air Power Series, this superb collection of aftermarket decals covers a range of winged and rotary training types in service with the RAF during the 1960s.

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GUARD TRANSPORTS

Here’s another great collection of C-47s for those wanting a different livery for their Airfix, HobbyBoss or Italeri kits.

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BUMPER BOMBER COLLECTION

When it comes to offering choice, few manufacturers can match Begemot. For example, take this sheet dedicated to the Tupolev SB-series bombers – 40 options are provided, covering Soviet (VVS RKKA), Spanish Republican and Republic of China machines.

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AIRSHOWS AND INTELLIGENCE

Aftermarket decal company Kits- World regularly covers unusual schemes – this set of 1/48 B-17 markings is a case in point, depicting a current museum airframe and a captured Luftwaffe example.

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UPSCALED SPOOKS

Modellers interested in Euro Decals’s collection of 1/72 F-4 Phantom IIs who prefer 1/48 will find the firm’s enlarged quarter-scale markings of interest.

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STRIKING SKYTRAINS

While a popular modelling subject, military-liveried C-47 Skytrains can have something of a plain appearance – thankfully, aftermarket markings such as these ‘pin-up’ schemes from Foxbot can provide a welcome twist on the theme.

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FERRETS, FOXES AND ‘LANDIES’

The third collection of British vehicles from the 1991 Gulf War (also known as Operation Desert Storm or Granby) focuses on wheeled patrol/reconnaissance machines, with examples of Ferret armoured cars, Fuchs (fox) nuclear, bacteriological and chemical recce vehicles, plus Land Rovers.

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GOODWILL COMPANIONS

Paulus Victor has quickly established a reputation for high-quality themed releases, and this 1/144 set focuses on the goodwill trip by two Su-27 Flankers to the US in July 1990, which included their being escorted by Montana Air National Guard (ANG) F-16As on their return trip.

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CZECH CARRIERS

Designed for Zvezda’s recent 1/144 Boeing 747 MAX 8, these BOA Decals markings provide for six of the airliners operated by Czech company Smartwings.

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BARRELLING ROUND A BEAR

Euro Decals’ 1/72 markings provide for a quartet of F-4 Phantom IIs, including an example that was famously photographed performing a barrel roll around a Soviet Tu-97 Bear at the request of the bomber’s aircrew!

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ABRAMS’ TANKS

The namesake of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, Creighton Abrams had a reputation as an aggressive armour commander in World War Two - modellers can replicate the M4 Shermans he used with Star Decals’ 1/35 markings.

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EAGLE BF 109 SCHEMES

Whether this set is used as an alternative for Eduard’s 1/48 Adlerangriff Bf 109 boxing or just the firm’s standard Bf 109E- 3 and -4 offerings, the result will be five eye-catching liveries as worn by these Luftwaffe fighters during and after the Battle of Britain.

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TRAINING THE TESTERS

Air-Graphic’s compilation sheets offer a broad selection of subjects and this sheet provides markings for aircraft and helicopters assigned to the US Navy’s Test Pilot School at Patuxent Naval Air Station, Maryland.

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FRITZ AND FANG COLLECTION

Suitable for either MPM or Gran 1/72 La-9 (NATO nickname Fritz) and La-11 (Fang) kits, this magnificent collection of late Lavochkin fighters provides markings for 29 schemes, with examples of Indonesian, Chinese, Soviet, Romanian and North Korean machines.

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SUPERFORTRESS SCHEMES

Modellers with Academy, Airfix or re-boxings of these two manufacturers’ 1/72 B-29 kits will find the alternative schemes supplied by Kits-World’s busy decal sheet of interest.

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JUMP-JET DATA

Modellers seeking replacement/ extra stencils for their Hasegawa/ Revell/Eduard H1/48 Harrier GR.7/9 kits will find this decal sheet from Eduard extremely useful.

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FOXBAT FINESSE

Modern aircraft are covered in a wealth of stencil data markings, but these are often omitted from small-scale kits due to the difficulty of replicating such tiny elements; helpfully, Foxbot has produced a set of stencils for 1/72 MiG-25 Foxbat kits.

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VISION IN BLUE

The French Air Force always paints its aircraft in very attractive schemes for unit/type anniversaries; one of the simplest yet eye-catching was that worn by Mirage IIIE 426 13-QG of EC 1/13 ‘Artois’ in 1990 to celebrate 25 years’ service of this delta-winged fighter.

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POST-TORCH TANKS

Star Decals’ first foray into vehicles operated by the US 1st Armored Division offers a collection of early and mid-production Sherman tanks used in North Africa between 1942 and 1943.

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FEATHERED FINNISH FIGHTERS

Brazilian firm LPS Hobby is something of a Curtiss P-36/H-75 Hawk specialist, having produced a range of aftermarket decals for the type in 1/72 – this is one of several to cover Finnish airframes.

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CANADIAN SHORT-HAULER

These Decales Global markings are ideal for Airfix or Eastern Express 1/144 Boeing 737-200 kits, replicating the livery of one of Canadian airline Pacific Western’s airframes.

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MARKINGS FOR THE GREAT GUST

If You have a Dassault Rafale in your stash, you won't want to miss Syhart's new decal sheet for the type. It caters for French Air Force and Navy, with options for myriad airframes.

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HIGH-SPEED SNOOPERS

Ukrainian decal specialist Foxbot’s second foray into home-nation Foxbats covers four MiG-25RB reconnaissance/bomber airframes.

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TRIBUTE RACER

Ford partnered with the Chip Ganassi racing team to operate four of its GTs in the FIA World Endurance Championship between 2016-19, and modellers with Revell’s 1/24 kit can replicate the team’s entries using Decalpool’s aftermarket sets.

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TOMCAT HAWK

Modellers with Fujimi/Hobby 2000, Hasegawa, Hobby Boss, Italeri and even Matchbox 1/72 A-4M Skyhawk II kits can use MILSPEC’s decals to replicate the livery of a VMA-311 jet, complete with an evil-looking tail motif depicting the unit’s ‘Tomcats’ namesake.

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VARGAS GIRL MUSTANG

Aftermarket decal supplier Kits- World specialises in airframes with ‘pin-up’ artwork applied and this set for a pair of P-51D Mustangs features a work by one of the most famous artists to produce such work: Alberto Vargas.

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TWO-SEATER SWALLOWS

Modellers wanting alternative schemes for their quarter-scale Me 262B-1A/U1 night-fighters will find this set from EagleCals ideal, as it provides markings for two late-war Luftwaffe and a single captured machine with US insignia.

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CANADIAN CARRIAGE

H-Models has provided another set of alternative schemes for 1/35 Willys Jeep models with this limited-edition selection catering for Canadian-operated vehicles.

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FOUR OR EIGHT WHEELS?

Modellers with 1/72 BRDMs wanting to reproduce a Polish machine just found that task becoming easier thanks to ToRo Model’s first batch of decals dedicated to the type.