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Decal reviews

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TONKA DETAILS

Modern aircraft are often covered in a bewildering array of stencils, warnings and labels, and these items are either omitted from kits for simplicity or replicated poorly, so Eduard’s bespoke decal set, for those with Tornados GR.4s from Revell, Italeri or Hobby Boss, will be a boon.

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TESTBED CHECKERS

Modellers wanting different schemes for their Canadair Sabre Mk.5s will find Vingtor’s splendid Boeing Chase Planes sheet ideal, providing two liveries worn by Boeing’s test fleet.

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INITIAL RESCUERS

Paulus Victor is a new decal firm to AMW, but its well-researched and highly detailed products, such as this superb set dedicated to US Army first responders at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, are sure to be popular with modellers.

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IRAQ/SYRIA COUNTER-INSURGENCY OPS

Here’s another massive collection of markings from Air-Graphics, with the theme being aircraft involved in counter-insurgency operations against ISIS/ISIL between 2014 and 2020. 

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GOING ON A SUMMER...

Decales Global offers up yet another unusual airliner scheme, this time in the form of the short-lived (1994-96) Turkish charter company Holiday Air, with its smiling four-tone ‘sun’ logo on the tail.

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TRIPARTITE ALLY

This is the first in a series of decal sets covering Axis forces from World War Two, and concentrates on Bulgarian wheeled and tracked armour.

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ARMOURED ROCKETRY

ToRo’s collection of Polish rocket-launching machinery continues with this third offering, which includes both surface-to-air and surface-to-ground systems.

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COLOURFUL SUPER SLEDS

The second batch of F-100D schemes from Euro Decals provides four more colourful liveries as worn by US Air Force aircraft during the late 1950s.

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CAPTURED MATERIEL

Perfect alternatives for the schemes supplied in Tamiya, Bandai or Hobby Boss kits, Star Decals’ 1/48 Finnish T-34s depicts vehicles captured from Soviet forces or purchased from Germany and operated by the Scandinavian country.

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HOGS OF ALL HUES

Two Bobs can always be relied on to approach a subject differently, such as its latest A-10 sheet, which offers one aircraft as it appeared during Desert Storm plus during the DARPA Persistent Close-Air Support Program (PCAS) and a participant in Operation Cool Snow Hog.

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FLYING SWIMMERS

While the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter isn’t popular with kit manufacturers – Matchbox/Revell produce the only mainstream 1/72 styrene offering – Iliad’s treatise on the type is well received, having now been re-printed with a bonus scheme.

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MAGYAR MESSERSCHMITTS

This splendid collection of four Hungarian Air Force Bf 109G-6s is the second of its type from SBS Model.

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PAINTED PURSUERS

It’s rare aftermarket companies can supply beautiful markings, reference material and display options in one package, but these are hallmarks of Exito Decals’ products, including this collection of three 1/48 Pacific theatre aircraft.

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SENNA’S RALLYING EXCURSION

Arguably one of the sport’s greatest-ever drivers, Ayrton Senna is revered by Formula 1 fans, but it’s a little-known fact he tested rally machinery in Wales during 1986: one of these was the MG Metro 6R4 replicated by these Decalcas markings.

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BOMBER BIRDS AND DUCKS

Fans of F-15Es have plenty to choose from with LPS Hobby’s collection of Iraqi Freedom-associated decals.

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FELINE BUGS AND GUPPYS

FULL LISTING INSIDE: Model Art Decal System’s products tend to combine unrelated subjects – this 1/72 sheet covers post-war French and British Grumman Avengers, plus several French Tiger Moths.

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AIR FORCE RUNABOUTS

H-Models’ extensive compilation of Jeep Willys MB markings continues with this limited-edition set that focuses on vehicles operated by the RAF during World War Two. 

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COMMEMORATIVE SPITS

Released for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this ten-aircraft ensemble from Xtradecal is ideal for those wanting to build an early Spitfire that participated in that pivotal struggle in the summer of 1940.

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MEDITERRANEAN BEAUTIES

Also available as a combined package with stencils (48-044), Foxbot’s collection of late-model B-25 Mitchell schemes is an ideal means of replicating World War Two airframe artwork on the type.

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PIXEL PERFECT

While this mix of green, black and brown tones in the 'digital' camouflage scheme may be reminiscent of the video game Minecraft, it's also a real-world livery applied to one of Japan's F-4EJ Phantom II aircraft, replicated in 1/48 by DXM Decals.

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AIRBORNE WEATHER LADIES

Those with Hong Kong Model’s monstrous 1/32 Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress offerings may wish to consider Kits-World’s aftermarket markings, which cater for a pair of RAF Coastal Command-operated airframes used for meteorological reconnaissance sorties.

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PEOPLE’S ARMOUR

Star Decal’s fifth collection of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) decals also supplies handy generic national markings and flags to accompany the seven types of armoured vehicles and trucks, including several captured machines.

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FLYING DUKES

The second batch of RAF Vickers Wellingtons covers B Mk.Ic and Mk.VIII bomber/maritime patrol machines plus a single C Mk.XVI cargo/transport version.

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EASTERN FRONT HAWKS

Begemot’s collection of Curtiss P-40s operated by Soviet forces is one of the most comprehensive works on a single type, containing decals for no fewer than 41 individual aircraft.

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PARTISAN HUNTERS

This second collection of German vehicles assigned to units in the Balkans focuses on the notorious 7. SS-Freiwilligen (volunteer) Gebirgs (mountain infantry) Division Prinz-Eugen, with a mix of old, captured and obsolete equipment.

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SIMPLE SPEEDSTER SOLUTION

Intended for use with any iteration of NuNu’s 1/24 BMW M6 GT3 racer (built in AMW100 – March 2019), these Decalcas markings cover the Turner Motorsport team’s striking 2019 24 Hours of Daytona entry.

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CENTURY SCHEMES

Modellers with 1/72 F-100D kits in their stash will appreciate this splendid selection of gaudy US Air Force schemes from homeland and West Germany-deployed units, from a time when natural metal airframes with brightly coloured markings were the norm.

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TRADITIONAL SCHEMES

Foxbot’s Warriors of Light release caters for 11 Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot aircraft.

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SPREAD YOUR WINGS

Here’s a decidedly different scheme for those with Monogram or SOVA-M 1/72 long-winged Albatross kits, in the shape of Red Bull Racing’s striking livery, complete with charging animal artwork on the fuselage and the company’s logo on the two-tone vertical stabiliser.

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WESTERN DESERT ARMOUR

Here’s another set of ToRo Model decals for 1/35 Sherman tanks at the Second Battle of El Alamein –a clash that marked the turning point in World War Two’s Western Desert Campaign.