F4H-1 Phantom. INCLUDES TWO 8.5" X 11" DECAL SHEETS! This stunning set contains–yes–TWO HUGE 8.5 x 11" decal sheets from my 1/32 conversion set (sorry, no resin parts included). It includes decals for SIXTEEN F4H-1 markings variations. Full markings and camouflage descriptions printed in full color on the instruction sheet. It also includes TWO HUGE 8.5" x 11" sheets of painting templates you can transfer to your favorite masking material to make your painting quick and easy. This is probably the best decal set I ever produced.
Hornet’s Revenge #2. F/A-18C, "Still Flying Strong" nose art honoring the New York City firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attack, flown by CAPT Bill Gortney, CVW-7 CAG, VFA-131, USS John F. Kennedy, Winter 2002-2003.
VA-37 Bulls A-7E CAG Bird. This is the stunning jet showcased on page 17 of the Camouflage & Markings, Volume 17, A-7 book (and not the one shown on the rear cover of that book). This is The Bulls’ CAG bird when they were on the USS John F. Kennedy in October 1982 and finally gives you the opportunity to get accurate Bulls decals!
Hornet’s Revenge #2. F/A-18C, CAPT Dana "Smudge" Potts, VFA-34 "Blue Blasters" low-viz CAG bird (in standard TPS scheme), from CVW-17, USS George Washington combat cruise in Afghanistan and Iraq, July-Dec 2002.
A-7E Modex 307 of the VA-15 Valions. This scheme featured the standard Light Gull Gray over Insignia White scheme with an all-white fin & rudder showing the large blue royal lion of the Valions.
Hornet’s Revenge #1. F/A-18C, "Still Flying Strong" nose art honoring the New York City firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attack, flown by CAPT Bill Gortney, CVW-7 CAG, VFA-131, USS John F. Kennedy, Winter 2002-2003.
Colorful Messerschmitt Bf 109s #1. Bf 109G-4/Trop, Yellow 7 over Red 5, Oblt Tonne, Staffelkapitan, 3./JG 53, with RLM 76 blue halfway up fuselage sides; Bf 109F-2, Black Chevron Triangle, Hans "Assi" von Hahn, Kommandeur I./JG 3, with interesting "ring" camouflage on center and rear fuselage; Bf 109F-2, Black 9 Tilde, 8./JG 54, with interesting grayed-out camouflage and white spine and wings winter camouflage overpaint.
Bf 109G Gustav Aces #3. Bf-109G-5, Black Chevron Bar Christl, Gerhard Barkhorn, Stab II./JG 52; Bf 109G-6 Yellow 1 Bar, Helmut Lipfert, 6./JG 52; Bf 109G-6/Trop, Yellow 1 Bar, Alfred Hammer, 6./JG 53.
N1K2-J Shiden Kai (George). 343rd Air Group/401st Sq, A/343-15, Lt Naoshi Kanno, commander of the 301 Hikotai (Shinsen-gumi [Elite Guard]), with 25 kills; 343rd Air Group/407th Sq, WO Isamu Miyazaki. This set includes full stenciling for the Shiden Kai.
Combat Tomcat #1. This set features the CAG F-14B maintained by VF-103 Jolly Rogers. It includes markings for CVW 17 CAG CAPT Rodger Welch and DCAG CAPT Dana "Smudge" Potts in May 2001 during bombing missions in Bosnia. Although originally sold separately, I’m throwing in as a FREE BONUS the decal set with special markings for the VF-103 CAG jet with "San Antonio Rose" NOSE ART and other markings carried in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq!
Blue Angels Phantom. F-4J Phantom II Blue Angels 1969 season DOUBLE SHEET. This is the only Blue Angels F-4J decal set to get the proper yellow color for the markings (which may look strange on the decal sheet but correct on the painted model).This sheet and the color testing was researched by the inimitable Hal Tippens.
VF-31 Tomcatters F-14D. "Skipper’s bird" with red tail and black spine and nose. NAS Oceana, 2001. MULTIPLE SHEET SET!
PYN-up Decals Thunderbolts #2. This set has gone on eBay for over $200! P-47D-28-RA, "Dottie Mae," 405 FG/511 FS, Lt. L. A. Kuhl, Straubing, Germany, Spring 1945. This was probably the last P-47 lost in combat during the European war. This aircraft was recently recovered from a lake in Austria and is being restored to flying condition-a real combat veteran! The second plane is P-47D-28-RA, "Shack Rat," 42-28627, UN*M, 56 FG/63 FS, Boxted, England, 1944. This large two-decal-sheet set contains all markings, including full stenciling, AND the normal gorgeous PYN-up Decals nose art decals that make PYN-up Decals the Fine Art of Decals(tm)!
F-14B #1. F-14B VF-103 CAG. This sheet contains markings for CVW 17 CAG CAPT Rodger Welch in May 2001. Also INCLUDED is decal sheet YHD32013 with special supplemental nose art and special markings for the VF-103 CAG jet with NOSE ART and other markings carried in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq!
SBD-1s, USMC, Quantico, Virginia, 1940-1. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. Why, you might ask, would we create a decal set that covers the same subjects as included in the Trumpeter kit? Simply put, Trumpeter is not known for adequate decal research, and their Marine SBD-1 decals are some of the most inaccurate they every produced. Unfortunately, it’s hardly too strong a statement to say Trumpeter did not get a single decal correct on their Marine SBD decals. Among many other glaring errors, the Trumpeter Marine eagle & globe markings are wrong in every respect. Since these birds were historically important (and they look VERY cool), I decided to provide you the opportunity to accurately model one of these early Dauntlesses with their colorful markings-since the Navy never flew any SBDs operationally in full color markings, these Marine babies are your only choices. This set covers four colorful subjects, and includes complete markings, including stencils, for Commander, VMB-2 (2-MB-1 with red nose, chevron, and fuselage band); 5th Section Leader, VMB-2 (2-MB-13 with Willow Green nose, chevrons and fuselage band); 2nd Section Leader, VMB-1 (1-MB-4 with white nose, chevrons and fuselage band); 3rd Section Leader, VMB-1 (True Blue nose, chevrons and fuselage bands).
F-100D Hun Part 4 MULTIPLE SHEET SET. NOTE NOTE NOTE: This is NOT the Special Version autographed by Maj Don Schenk, whose "Mary Jane/Colleen" is one of the featured schemes in this decal set! F-100D-50-NH, 55-2901 "Colleen," Lt Joe Vincent, 31 TFW/309 TFS, Tuy Hoa, RVN, Spring 1970 (SEA camouflage scheme); F-100D-25-NA, 55-3604, "skull," Lt Col Harold "Bunny" Comstock, 27 TFW/481 TFS Commander, Bien Hoa, RVN, July 1966 (silver paint scheme); F-100D-20-NA, 55-3580 "Mary Jane/Carol Ann," Maj Don Schmenk, 31 TFW/308 TFS, Late 1969 (SEA camouflage scheme). Comstock’ "skull" jet displays seven iron cross kill symbols from his WW II kills. Schmenk’s "Mary Ann" includes both early and late versions of the crew data blocks and tail markings. Special thanks to pilots Joe Vincent & Don Schmenk, both IPMS members, for all their help during the creation of this set.
Stealthy Flag. —
— EXTREMELY LIMITED QUANTITY — F-117 US Flag Presentation Scheme: Accurate markings (from photos!) for the special markings and three HUGE sheets of BlackMagic™ masks for the stripes! This jet carried these markings for a short time in both the gray and black schemes (with different topside markings on each); decals for both are included. Now you can model the most famous Black Jet ever!
F-4J Marine MiG Killer. LAST FIVE SETS–AFTER THIS NO MORE AVAILABLE! This portrays the only Marine MiG killer from the Vietnam War (Marine crew flying a Marine jet), Phantom from VFMA-333 Trip Trey. Based on photos provided to me by the RIO! Double sheet set with decals much thinner and finer than any provided in Tamiya kits.
Foreign Fishbeds. MiG-21 bis Red 957, Afgan AF; MiG-21 MF 7812, Polish Navy; MiG 21 bis 8859, Polish Navy; MiG-21 bis 8705, Polish Navy.
P-47D Special. The first ship in this HUGE multiple decal sheet set is Col. David C. Schilling’s famous P-47D-25-RE bubbletop, 42-26641, "Hairless Joe." The nose art was painted on the cowling, although the name never was. This artwork was a slightly smaller and less elaborate version of the "Hairless Joe" art Schilling had painted on the nose of his P-47D razorback. The decals in this set include the proper markings for the early and later versions of this paint scheme with the repainted "S" and serial number, as well as Schilling’s seldom-photographed final, full kill score markings! This plane was from the 56th FG, Boxted, late 1944. The second ship in this set is Lt Frank Oiler’s famous P-47D-28-RA, 42-28878, "Eileen." This bubbletop was Oiler’s second "Eileen" and the nose art and name were somewhat different from his earlier P-47D razorback. One photo of this plane in service clearly shows that NO upper left wing US star and bar insignia was applied, at least at the time of the photo. This bird was assigned to the 78 FG/84 FS in 1944. This large three-decal-sheet set is the result of extensive research (as are all Cutting Edge Decals) and contains all markings, including full stenciling.
F4U-1As. This set includes markings for three of Greg Boyington’s Corsairs!. #86, Lucybelle (this aircraft was NOT named Lulubelle!!!!!!!!!), VMF-214, November 1943; F4U-1A, Martha, #883, Bob McClurg & Greg Boyington, VMF-214, December 1943; F4U-1A, VMF-422, Lt. Stout’s Corsair with great Vargas girl art, Engibi Island, 18 May 44; BONUS MARKINGS: F4U-1A, #915, Greg Boyington, VMF-214, January 1944, lost on Boyington’s last mission.
SBD-3/4s Navy & Marines, Pacific Theater 1942-3. Complete markings, including stencils, to cover one of six aircraft. SBD-4 "Sister" (traditionally believed to have been painted in all white or all yellow; we found an excellent photo that confirms the name was red with a yellow pinstripe outline!), #16, VMSB-233, Guadalcanal, Spring 1943; SBD-3 White #0, CDR Don Felt, Commander, Saratoga Air Group, Guadalcanal Campaign, August 1942; SBD-3 Black 17, ENS Leif Larsen, VS-5, USS Yorktown, Battle of Midway, June 1942; SBD-3 Black B1, LT Dick Best, VB-6, USS Enterprise, Battle of Midway, June 1942; SBD-4 "Push Push" (both white and yellow versions are included since photos are not conclusive about the color), Maj Frank Hollar, VMSB-144, Solomon Islands, November 1943; SBD-3 Black GC, LCDR Wade McClusky, Commander, Enterprise Air Group, Battle of Midway, June 1942.
P-40 Tomahawks #3. Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B), Erik Shilling, 2nd PS, American Volunteer Group, Kunming, China, 1942; Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B), John Newkirk, 2nd PS, American Volunteer Group, Toungoo, Burma, December, 1941. These decals are specifically fitted to the Trumpeter P-40B/C kit.
Doras #2. Fw 190D-9, Black Chevron 4 + Bar, St./SG 2, Praha Ruzyne; Fw 190D-9, White 12, II./JG 301, April, 1945 — ONLY A HANDFUL LEFT.
Me 262s #3. S7, VI + AL, W.Nr 130012, Eprobungskommando 262, Lechfeld, Summer 1944; Me 262 A-2a, Black 711, unpainted jet of Hans Fay (test pilot), W.Nr. 111711, Schwabisch Hall, March 1945, & Wright Field, 1946; Me 262 A-1a, White 17, III./EJG 2, Lechfeld, 1945; Me 262 A-1a, B3 + Green BC, Ofw Friedrich Gentsch, 7./KG (J) 54, Neuberg, March 1945.
A-7E VA-72 Desert Storm CAG Bird in special Desert Storm camouflage. This sheet contains all the markings necessary to model the tan and brown camouflaged VA-72 Blue Hawks CAG bird from Desert Storm in 1991. This jet had the words "DESERT STORM" painted in very large letters on top of the wings.
F-100D-65-NA, 56-3000 "Triple Zilch." ONLY A HANDFUL LEFT! (Multiple Sheet Set) Col Raymond Toliver, 20th TFW Wing Commander, RAF Wethersfield, Essex, England, Late 1957. This is the best-documented of the several various markings schemes applied to Triple Zilch over its lifetime.
PYN-up Decals Girls on Ponies. P-51D-5-NA, 20 FG, 55 FS, flying girl artwork, Lt. Moon Mullins; P-51D-20-NA, 4th FG, 334 FS, Sweet Arlene, Lt. Arthur R. Bowers, February 22, 1945. The cool thing about these two nose art subjects is that the specialized PYN-up printing technology results in an eye-catching look for your model.
F4U-4 Corsairs. F4U-4, Naval Reserve Training Unit, Olathe (pronounced “oh-LAY-tha (rhymes with “pa”), Kansas, March 1956; F4U-4B, VMF-214 "Black Sheep", K-3 (Pohang), Korea, 1953.
P-36 Hawks #1. MULTIPLE SHEET SET! P-36A, Maj. Ken Walker, 18th Pursuit Group Commander, Wheeler Field, Hawaii, 1940, with GOLD striped cowling!; P-36A, 12/MD, Air Materiel Division, Wright Field, 1939. The final subject is P-36A, #86, 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Lt. Phil Rasmussen, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (credited with one Zero kill). Rudely awakened by the Japanese attack, Rasmussen took off wearing his pajamas and landed after shooting down one Zero and receiving over 500 bullet holes in his plane.
A6M2 Zero Type 21s #1. This decal set is tied for second for the most popular 1/32 sets we ever did in the Yellowhammer line. Exhaustively researched from both US and Japanese sources, it broke new ground in the understanding and depiction of Pearl Harbor era Japanese fighter camouflage and markings. The set includes AI-154, PO1c Takashi Hirano, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941; AII-105, Lt Yoshio Shiga, Kaga fighter leader, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941; 53-102, PO1c Tetsuzo Iwamoto, 253rd Air Group, Rabaul, late 1943; DI-108, PO1c Tadayoshi Koga, Ryujo, Dutch Harbor on 4 June 1942; USN A6M2, formerly Koga’s aircraft, with a standard USN two-tone camouflage scheme (stencils only); AI-155, LCDR Shigeru Itaya, first wave fighter leader, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941; V-103, PO1c Saburo Sakai, Tainan Air Group, Dutch East Indies, February 1942.
Gustav Aces #2. Bf 109G-6/Trop, White 12, Wilhelm Mink, 4./JG 51; G-6, Black Chevron, Ludwig Franzisket, Stab 1./JG 27; G-6/R6, Black Double Chevron, Walther Dahl, Gruppenkommandeur III./JG 3.
MiG-15bis Fagots. North Korean AF, Red 2057, Kim Ro Suk, defected to South Korea; North Korean AF, Red 546, Maj I. P. Golshevskij, night fighter camouflage scheme!; Polish AF, Red 346, F. Jarecki, first MiG-15 defection to the West (before Kim!).
F-4J Showtime 100. CORRECT MARKINGS for the aircraft in which Cunningham and Driscoll became the US Navy’s first aces of the Vietnam War. Why did we make decals for a scheme that was included in the Tamiya box? Accuracy, of course! The Tamiya decals, apart from their pedestrial printing quality, have some outright artwork mistakes in addition to being a mix of markings from different cruises; also they do not incorporate the differences between the “early” phase of the 1972 deployment and the last half of the cruise during which Cunningham & Driscoll got their famous MiG kill.
A-4F Blue Angels. Markings for ANY blue BA Scooter from 1974 to 1986 (the years they flew the A-4), including pilot name & BuNo! (multiple part decal set). Exhaustively researched by the inimitable Hal Tippens and based on voluminous information provided by both the Blue Angels and former BA squadron members from that time period. MULTIPLE SHEET SET!
Fokker Dr.I #2. FINAL STOCK! Dr.I, 577/17, yellow (black) anchor insignia, Ltn Rudolf Klimke; Dr.I, 404/17, (black tail), Hptm Adolf von Tutschek; Dr.I, 454/17, (yellow tail), Lothar von Richthofen, commander of Jasta 11. Includes FULL and accurate stenciling! This decal set was awarded some of the highest marks ever given a decal set by Windsock magazine.
F-105B Thunderbirds 1964 Season. Full Thunderbirds markings for BOTH the pre-season scheme and the final show season scheme. Any one of the team’s jets from this season can be built, as all pilots, planes, and crew chiefs are included on the decals. This HUGE set includes a "normal" decal sheet, a special PYN-ups Decals sheet for the "countries visited" decal, and SEVEN 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper templates you’ll use to cut masks from your favorite masking material. All Thunderbirds scalloping is included in the form of masks as it would be impossible to cleanly match up decal pieces and/or to match painted areas to decal colors. Note the national flags insignia is printed using the PYN-up Decals special printing process to give you EXTREMELY fine detail on the flags! Our special thanks go to Brig Gen Paul Kauttu, USAF, Retired, 1964 Thunderbirds team leader, and Paul Stevens, his crew chief on the Thunderbirds team.
Bell X-1 markings for ALL aircraft and all flights! MULTIPLE SHEET SET. Covers all markings for ALL NINE different schemes (both orange and white) worn by X-1s, including the really cool markings applied for the movie "Jet Pilot" starring John Wayne. Includes FULL stenciling! This set was created with the assistance of NASA, and I’m especially indebted to noted X-1 researcher and author Tony Landis for his help. Only 23 sets still available.
F-15E Artful Eagles #3, "4th But First" At War. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. Three "nose art" F-15E Strike Eagles in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 89-0487 was named "Lucky" because of its helicopter kill during the first Gulf War (they dropped a BOMB on it to knock it out of the air!) — there’s more to this story you can read on the instruction sheet. Next is 89-0484 "Crazy 8’s" with a long story on the instruction sheet as to how the name was derived. The final jet is 90-0230 "NANCY MARY," a name derived from the phonetics "NM" which stands for "Needs Maintenance." This inside joke acknowledged the amount of down time the jet required during the first eight days of the war, but the number of bomb mission markings on the nose show that she still made a major contribution! All jets are from the 335th FS, 4th FW. Only 27 sets still available.
F-4J (UK) 74 Sq RAF, 1988 NATO Tiger Meet Scheme. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. Love this jet (a standard USN F-4J leased to the RAF) . . . some of the most INept artwork ever applied to a military aircraft (let alone a "special" scheme) resulted in one of the most eye-catching Phantoms ever! I mean no offense to the artist (and after all, they designed and painted the artwork overnight at the last minute), but the tiger nose art looks like it was done by a none-too-talented nine year old! In spite of the technical "deficiencies" of the nose art, it looks very cool, and it is impossible to miss this jet even in a large collection of models. The tiger artwork was different on each side, and we of course captured those differences. Our decal set provides full crew names, serial numbers, and code letters (T, I, G, E, R, S, Q, N) for every F-4J 74 Sq flew at that time. Alternate markings allow you to build the early "gray tail" ("grey tail" for you Brits :)) scheme as well as the later standard "black tail" scheme without the Tiger Meet markings. Only 21 sets still available.
P-51 Big Stud Ponies Part 1. First is P-51D-20-NA, 44-63607, Lt. Col. Glenn Eagleston (16.5 confirmed kills in WW II & two MiG-15 kills in Korea), FT*L, 353rd FS, 354th FG, including a very accurate swooping eagle insignia based on extremely good photos (and QUITE different from the marking the Trumpeter kit). The second is P-51D-20-NA, Man O’ War, 44-14292, Col. Claiborne "Zoot" Kinnard, QP*A, 355th FG, displaying 15 kills on the canopy frame. Only 23 sets still available.
A6M2 Zero Type 21s #2. Tied for most popular Yellowhammer Decal ever, this set provides markings for six famous Zeros. First is V-128 flown by PO1c Saburo Sakai, Tainan Air Group, Rabaul, New Britain Islands, 7 August 1942. Purportedly the aircraft he was flying when he was badly wounded at Guadalcanal, Sakai claimed three kills during that mission. Next is BII-124, flown by Sea1c Hajime Toyoshima, off Hiryu, shot down at Darwin, Australia, 19 Feb 42. Captured by Aborigines, Toyoshima was the first recorded Japanese captured by the Australians. He was later killed leading over 1100 Japanese POWs in an unsuccessful POW camp escape, the largest prison break in history. X-183 was flown by PO2c Yoshiro Hashiguchi, 3rd Air Group, Bali, Dutch East Indies, February 1942, was notable for the 11 kill markings painted on the fin. The next subject is V-141, flown by PO2c Yoshisuke Arita, Tainan Air Group, Bali, Dutch East Indies, February 1942. This was a "presentation" aircraft with a long inscription aft of the fuselage hinomaru reading "Hokoku Dai 439 Go, Dai 6 Obayashi-gumi Go," making this the 429th sponsored Zero and 6th sponsored by the huge Obayashi-gumi construction company (which still exists today). EI-111 was flown by Lt Hideki Shingo, squadron leader, Shokaku fighter squadron, at the battle of Santa Cruz, 26 October 1942. Shingo was famous for leading the fighter cover for the initial Japanese attacks on Clark Field in the Philippines on December 8th, 1941. The final bird is BII-120, flown by PO1c Shigenori Nishikaichi, Hiryu, at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. The plane belly-landed nearly intact at Niihau, Hawaii, and the story of Nishikaichi’s behavior in the aftermath is truly shocking (read the instruction sheet). Only 17 sets still available.
Bf 109G Foreign Gustavs Part 1. In a pleasant departure from the usual Luftwaffe schemes, here are four really pretty (and very colorful) markings schemes for the Gustav, including Bf 109G-6, 365 3, Regia Aeronautica, 365 Squadron, 150˚ Gr. Aut., Sicily, Summer 1943; Bf 109G-6 Trop, White 0, W.Nr. 165267/MT-451, Finnish Air Force, June 1944; Bf 109G-6, 364 1, Regia Aeronautica, 364a Squadron, 150˚ Gr. Aut., Sciacca, Sicily, Summer 1943; Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 165185/MT-408, Finnish Air Force, July 1944. Only 27 sets still available.
Yoxford Boys Mustangs #3. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. First is P-51-15-NA, "Frenesi," C5*N, 364 FS, 357 FG, 44-13318, flown by Lt Col Tom Hayes. The second subject is P-51D-10-NA, "Old Crow," 44-14450, Capt. Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson, 362nd FS, 357th FG. Both aircraft wore field-applied camouflage, probably RAF Dark Green (see the instructions for a much longer discussion on the colors). NOTE THE TWO AIRCRAFT HAD SLIGHLY DIFFERENT NOSE BANDS AND WE GIVE YOU THE CORRECT BAND FOR EACH BIRD. ALSO NOTE THIS DECAL SET CONTAINS NOSE BANDS FOR BOTH THE DRAGON P-51D AND THE HASEGAWA P-51D!!!! The noses of these two kits are quite different and decal nose bands designed for one kit will not fit the other kit!
F4F Wildcat #1. Four killer schemes from the Marine contingent on Guadalcanal–produced from photos from the collections of the pilots involved! First is #77 flown by Lt Jim Swett, VMF-221, and featuring his personal "Ally Oop-style" tail art and a painted out diagonal tail strips. Next is Capt Marion Carl, VMF-223, displaying his 19 kill markings. Another Wildcat with "Indian Head" nose art was from an unknown Marine unit on Guadalcanal. The final bird was flown by Capt Joe Foss, VMF-121 (ace, Medal of Honor winner, and later governor of South Dakota).
Colorful Hawk 75s #1. First is a Norwegian AF Hawk 75A-8 based at the "Little Norway" Base Camp, Ontario Island, Canada, 1942,in overall green primer. Next is another Norwegian AF Hawk 75A-8, this one in overall natural metal and based at Kjeller Air base, Oslo, Norway; 1940, where it was captured by the Germans and eventually sold by them to the Finnish Air Force. The Hawk 75A-7 flown by Sgt. P. C. Van Breen, ML-KNIL, 1-VLG-IV, NEIAF, Maospati Air Base, Netherlands East Indies, 1941, comes next. Hawk 75A-8, CU-581, flown by Lt. Veikko Evinen, Commander, 3/LeLv 32, March 1944, showcases the dramatic camouflage used by the Finnish AF. Hawk 75A-4, CUc-502, flown by Capt. Auvo Maunula, Leader, 1/LeLv 12, Joroinen, Finland, July 1941, features the two-tone scheme used by the Finns at that time as well as the "Joe Stalin – Great Satan" nose art. The final bird was a Mohawk IV, F/O Tim Meyer, 155 Sq. SEAC, RAF, Imphal, India, December 1943, carrying the name "Joe Soap II."
A-10A Warthogs #2. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. First is "The Huntress" from the 23 TFW at King Fahd Air Base Desert Storm. Next is the 57 TTW, Nellis AFB, in the experimental Joint Attack Weapons System II camouflage testing in 1977-78 (typically but unofficially called the "JAWS" scheme). The final jet was from the 45 FS, Grissom AFB, IN, in the special commemorative D-Day anniversary stripes on engine cowls. VERY eye-catching scheme!
F-105s #3. By far our most popular 1/32 Thud decal set, we had to have this one reprinted almost immediately. It features the extremely famous F-105D-31-RE, "Pussy Galore I" in overall silver paint — NOT natural metal, flown by Capt Vic Vizcarra, 80 TFS, 1965. The original artwork included pubic hair, which we’ve printed separately and may be omitted in case you’re concerned about it.
Sabre Stencils. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. Full stenciling for the F-86 Sabre, including both sizes (24" and 36") of the yellow and black Korean War identification bands. Bet you didn’t know there were two sizes of bands! This is a double sheet set!
Bell X-1E markings for ALL flights! Includes full stenciling!
Fw 190A-8s. Maj. Walther Dahl, Blue 13, with his "B-17 in gunsight crosshairs" nose art, Stab/JG 300, December 1944; Black 10, Teutonic superman nose art, 2./JG 11, Darmstadt, 1945
F-14D #3 Black Lions Combat Tom. F-14D VF-213 #101 with a huge and striking lion head on both sides of the nose – Afghanistan combat veteran.
Artful Eagles F-15Es #2. 4th But First At War, F-15E Strike Eagles in The Iraq War. 88-1671, Shangri-La II; 88-1675, Sneaky Carrot; 88-1690, Captain America, all from the 336 FS
F-100D Hun #2. 20 TFW F-100D-25-NA, 55-3637, 20th TFW, RAF Wethersfield, UK. This is the beautiful silver-painted jet with the large red/yellow/blue lightning bolts on the fuselage and fin, and the red/yellow/blue bands around the nose. This was one of the most-requested schemes in our F-100 survey!
P-40 Tomahawks #2. P-40-CU, 35th Pursuit Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group, Mitchel Field, 1941; Hawk 81-A-2(P-40B), Tommy Haywood, 3rd PS, American Volunteer Group, China, 1942.
F4U-4 Medal of Honor & First Black Naval Aviator. VF-32, ENS Jesse L. Brown; F4U-4, VF-32, LTJG Thomas J. Hudner; LT Hudner won the Medal of Honor trying to rescue his wingman, ENS Jessie Brown. Hudner crash-landed his Corsair behind enemy lines next to Brown’s crashed aircraft and attempted to free ENS Brown from the wreckage; F4U-4B, F-96995, ‘Football War,’ Honduras, 1969
PYN-up Decals P-38J Dick Bong Medal of Honor & America’s Top Ace. P-38J-15-LO, 42-103993, Marge, 993, Capt. Richard I. Bong, 5th Fighter Command, Cape Gloucester, March 1944. This set includes both the "colorized" b/w photo and a grayscale version of the same photo (the plane flew with a hand-tinted ("colorized") photo of Marge, as confirmed by the A-2 artist who personally hand-tinted the photos and glued them on Bong’s plane!
Gustav Aces #1. Bf-109G-6 Black Chevron I, Franz Götz, Gruppenkommandeur III./JG 53; Bf 109G-6/R6 Trop, White 9 I, Email Clade, Staffelkapitan, 7./JG 27
Me 262 Stormbirds #2. Me 262 A-1a, Yellow 3, 9./KG(J) 54, Spring 1945; Me 262 A-1a, White 14, 3./EJG 2, Lechfeld; Me 262 A-1a, White 7, Ofw Hermann Buchner, Kdo Nowotny, Nov 1944, Lechfeld; Me 262 A-1a, White 3, Gen Adolf Galland (& Franz Stigler), Verbandsführer, JV 44; Me 262 A-2a, Black X, Fj.Ofw. Hans-Robert Fröhlich, I./KG 51 & Gefechtsverband Hogeback, Currently at AWM, Canberra.
Ju 87D/G Stuka Attack #1. Ju 87D-1 J9+Red C K, III./St.G 1, winter 1942-43, Russia; Ju 87D-8 H5+Red F, possibly from NSGr.10, surrendered at Fürth, Germany, 8 May 1945; Ju 87G-1, S7+ Yellow B U, Fw. Josef Blümel, 10.(Pz)/SG.3, late summer 1944, Riga, Latvia.
AVG Tomahawks #1. I really love those Flying Tiger (AVG) Tomahawks! This is our P-40 Tomahawks #1, and the first subject is Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B), David Lee "Tex" Hill, 2nd PS, American Volunteer Group, Burma, 1942. The second is the Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B) flown by Charles Bond, 1st PS, American Volunteer Group, Loiwing, China, 1942. Bond told us he had kill markings painted on his plane, but knew of no photos showing them; we’ve included them on the decal sheet to give you a choice.
P-36 Hawks #2. This MULTIPLE SHEET SET is our second P-36 Hawks set and covers four aircraft, carefully researched from a series of excellent photos we obtained from the AAHS and other sources. The first is P-36C, #69, Maj. Willis R. Taylor, 1 PG/27 PS, Cleveland National Air Races camouflage scheme, 1939. The second is P-36A, PA/91, 94th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Selfridge Field, 1939; P-36A, PT/1, Capt Ross G. Hoyt, 20th Pursuit Group Commander, Moffett Field, 1939-1940; P-36A, PA/70, 94th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Capt. Henry H. George, Commander 94th PS, Selfridge Field, 1939. This bird had the cowling trisected with the three squadron colors of blue, yellow, and red.
SBD-1/2/3s, Navy & Marines 1941-3.Complete markings, including stencils, to cover one of seven famous Dauntlesses. First is SBD-3 Black 10, LT Swede Vejtasa, VS-5, USS Yorktown, Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942. Next is SBD-2, CDR Howard Young, Commander, Enterprise Air Group, Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. This is one of the birds that flew in to Pearl soon after the attack. Next is White S-8, Lt William Hall, VS-2, USS Lexington, Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942. The very interestingly marked SBD-3 Black 41-S-16, VS-41, USS Ranger, Operation Torch, November 1942., is next. An improbably marked SBD-3 White 2-S-9, VS-3, NAS Oakland, September 1941 was painted in an experimental green over Light Gray scheme. The last two subjects were present at Ewa Mooring Mast Field, Territory of Hawaii on the morning of 7 December 1941 during the Japanese attack. First is SBD-2 White 2-B-6, of VMSB-232. This bird, although it did not take off, was manned by a couple of Marine sergeants who fired the aft flexible .30 machine gun at attacking Japanese Zeros. It was pretty badly shot up in the attacks. The final subject is SBD-1, White 2-MB-2, VMSB-232. The markings on these two planes were extremely unexpected and in violation of Marine markings directives of the time, a subject examined and discussed in the instruction sheet.
PYN-up Decals Stunning ‘Stangs P-51s #2. This set features two Yoxford Boys P-51Ds and our remarkable PYN-up nose art decals. First is the very famous P-51D-5-NA, 44-13691, "Passion Wagon," G4*A, 362 FS/357 FG, 1944. We’ve included TWO VARIATIONS in the markings to correctly portray the ship when it was flown first by Lt. Arval Roberson and also when it was flown later by Capt Clarence Weaver. Interesting note on the nose art: we had a couple of pretty good photos to work from, but both were taken at fairly acute angles so we had to extrapolate the exact shape of the artwork. Long after the decal was produced, I came across an excellent photo showing the nose art from a near 90 degree angle (boy, I woulda killed for that pic while we were working on our artwork because it would have saved many, many hours of hard work). The best news is that we got the shape right; I’ll publish the photo in an upcoming book so you can see what I mean. The second Mustang is less well known, but carried extremely large (for a P-51) and well-done nose art. This ship is P-51D-10-NA, "Temptation," 357 FG/362 FS, Lt Matthew Martin, Leiston, England, Late 1944. NOTE THIS DECAL SET CONTAINS NOSE BANDS FOR BOTH THE DRAGON P-51D AND THE HASEGAWA P-51D!!!! The noses of these two kits are quite different and decal nose bands designed for one kit will not fit the other kit.
Famous Early Messerschmitts #1.The first is the extremely famous sharkmouth Bf 109D-1, Yellow 5, of 2./JGr 176, Gablingen, August 1939. The second bird is the nearly-as-famous Bf 109D-1, Red 11, 2./JG 71, Fürstenfeldbruck, August, 1939. This plane was featured in many early German propaganda photo shoots.
Bf 109Gs. This set covers three remarkable Bf 109G-10s. The first is Bf 109G-10 with puppy dog nose art, Red 10, sporting the wide red RV band of 2./JG 300, and flown by Fw. Wolfgang Hunsdorfer, Borkheide, Germany, Sept. 1944. The second is Bf 109G-10/R6 in a remarkable overall RLM 81 or 83 on the fuselage and a Yellow 11 + Black Bar, with the 11 painted on top of darkly painted out number 7 and has NO RV band! This bird was from JG 52. The last is a Bf 109G-10, Yellow 5, W.Nr. 150119 (Erla manufacture), JG 300. This bird sports an overall dark green fuselage topside with a normally painted replacement cowl and the blue-white-blue RV band.
Fw 190D Doras #1. The first bird is a Fw 190D-9, Red 3 Bar, II./JG 6, Halle, 1945, featuring an overpainted earlier tactical number. The second is a Fw 190D-9, Yellow 4 + I, III./JG 54, Mid 1944. This plane had shamrock nose art and the name Bums painted under the canopy on the left side.
Me 262 Stormbirds #1. This set features three interesting Sturmvogeln displaying three variations in the standardized Me 262 camouflage scheme. First is Me 262 A-2a, White 3, Ofhr. Hans-Guido Mutke, 9./JG 7, Prague, 1945, currently in Deutsches Museum. Photos taken in Switzerland just after the jet was interned and color photos taken in Germany soon after the plane was returned clearly show the yellow pinstripe outline to the White 3, which is omitted from most illustrations and decals of this plane. The second bird is Me 262 A-1a, Green 4 (Black Bar + Bar), Major Theodor Weissenberger (208 victories), Kommodore, JG 7, Kaltenkirchen, January 1945. This jet has been illustrated many times and also appeared in decal form; we were able to obtain much better photos than usually seen and has appropriately shaped small Green 4 (which had a white pinstripe outline) and highly non-standard JG 7 badge. Also note the red-blue RV band is roughly and unevenly applied at the aft end. Our final subject is Me 262 A-1a, Yellow 7, Ofw Heinz Arnold (49 victories) & Lt Fritz Muller, 11./JG 7, Prague, Spring 1945, a former "Watson’s Whizzer," currently restored and on display at the US National Air & Space Museum.
Hot SLUFs #1. A-7D Corsair IIs in eye-catching wraparound camouflage schemes. The first is 72-0169, Little Sweetie 4, 162 TFS, 178 TFG, Ohio ANG (two-tone gray wraparound camouflage). The second is 70-0006, 162 TFG, Arizona ANG, in a brown/tan wraparound desert camouflage. The final jet is 69-0222, Scrappy, 162 TFS, 178 TFG Ohio ANG (two-tone gray wraparound camouflage).
F4U-1A/Ds. EXTREMELY LOW QUANTITY! FG-1D, "SeaBees/USMC" insignia on nose, #993, VMF-222, Philippine Islands, March 1945, in three-tone scheme; F4U-1A, "Ace of Diamonds" playing card insignia on nose, #643, VMF-122; FG-1D HQSS-22 "Skipper’s Orchid" with a "girl in a drink glass" nose art, Ie Shima, June 1945; F4U-1A of VFM-217 with "Ring-Dang-Doo" nose art.
Colorful Messerschmitts #2. (Bf 109F & Bf 109G): Bf 109F-4, White ~ + 1, Oblt. Hans Götz, 7./JG 54 on the Eastern Front; Bf 109G-6, Black Double Chevron, Hptm. Karl Rammelt, Kommandeur II./JG 51; Bf 109F-4, Yellow 1 Chevron Bar, 10.(Jabo)/JG 2 with extremely cool ship kill markings on rudder!
Stuka Attack!. Frankly, we spent a LOT of time on our Ju 87 decal sheet research to ensure we got all the letters and numbers exactly the right shape and size. Luckily we were able to find a ton of great photos to work from. Ju 87D-1 T6+A Red N, "Baerli," II./St.G 2, Russia, Spring 1942, with the stenciled version of the II./St.G 2 (also see my video and notes above for more info on this bird); Ju 87D-1 T6+Red DK, II./St.G 2, Russia, March 1942, in a very rough (abraded off) white winter camouflage over the original 70/71.
F-4J VF-84 Jolly Rogers . This set contains accurate markings for a Jolly Rogers "J" model with the all-black fin and rudder. The black "pirate flag" used on their F-4Bs was not seen on their later jets.
A-10A #1. "Desert Storm/Fist/Carmelita" of the 706 TFS/AFRES NAS New Orleans — this jet had a replacement fin with a huge "bandaid" painted on it!; Warthog "sharkmouth" named "Peanut," (named but not painted on the jet) from the 917 TFW, in a very cool experimental Desert Storm tan/brown camo, Barksdale AFB; "Nomad" from the 104 FG/131 FS Barnes Airfield, MA, in Operation Deliberate Force (Bosnia) at Aviano; and "Have A Day" from the 104 FG/131 FS, also at Aviano during Operation Deliberate Force.
F-105 Thunderchiefs #1. First is the extremely famous (infamous?) F-105D-31-RE flown by Capt Vic Vizcarra, 354th TFS/355th TFW, "Pussy Galore II," Takhli, Thailand, October 1966. This artwork only lasted a few weeks, until the very religious Col Robert Scott (then commander of the 355th TFW and formerly a WW II Flying Tiger and author of the book God Is My Copilot) saw it and had a thundering apoplexy! NOTE: this jet is NOT a F-105B as stated in the book Roll Call Thud; no F-105Bs went to SEA, and it is NOT the same airframe as the equally infamous F-105D "Cherry Girl" featured correctly on one of our other decal sets. The second jet is the famous F-105D-25-RE flown by Major Buddy Jones, "Memphis Belle II," 357th TFS, 355th TFW Takhli, Thailand, 1968. It was credited with two MiG kills and is currently on display at the US Air Force Museum.
F-15E Artful Eagles #1. MULTIPLE SHEET SET. All jets with amazing nose art from Operation Iraqi Freedom, these are all combat birds from the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Wing (4th But First). An amazing (and huge) dragon reminiscent of the B-24 "Dragon And His Tail" adorned 88-1700, along with the name "Dragon Betty II" (what the heck was Dragon Betty I, the guy’s wife?!). Donald (Duck, not "The Donald" Trump) riding a smart bomb was painted on the nose of 88-1687 along with the name "Back For More/Mad Duck IV." Yet another "Memphis Belle" graced 89-0485. Interesting story on this one. Originally named "Memphis Belle III" with the name in a flowing cursive script, at the specific request of Col Robert Morgan (pilot of the original B-17F "Memphis Belle"), the name was changed to a block style better matching the original. Bob also corrected them that, according to his records, this was the NINTH US Air Force plane to carry the name "Memphis Belle." Ergo, the name was changed to "Memphis Belle IX." In honor of the 336th Fighter Squadron’s nickname (The Rocketeers), 89-0488 carried an Uncle Sam riding a rocket, along with the name "Rocket Express."
F-100Ds "Sizzlin’ Suzie" & "Pretty Penny." Here are a couple of well-known and VERY cool Huns for your model collection! First is F-100D-55-NH, 56-2942 "Sizzlin’ Suzie," 35 TFW/352 TFS, Phan Rang AB, RVN, 1970 (SEA camouflage); F-100D-90-NA, 56-3285 "Pretty Penny," 27 TFW/481 TFS, Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN, June 1965 (silver paint scheme). "Pretty Penny" was named after Lt Gerry Salome’s wife and the artwork was painted by Lt Pete Vanderhoef. Both pilots flew this jet during 1965. Very few of this set left.
Air Force A-7D Hot SLUFs #2. Don’t know why, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the USAF SLUFs, maybe because of the cool markings over the years. First is a sharkmouthed SEA combat jet, 70-0982, flown by Lt Riggs, 388 TFW, 3rd TFS, Korat RTAFB, Thailand. The second jet is also a SEA combat veteran, 71-0354, and also carried a prominent (but different!) sharkmouth. It was flown by Capt Don Cornell, this time from the 354 TFW, also at Korat RTAFB, Thailand, December 1972 (both are in standard SEA camouflage). The SEA wraparound camouflage on our final bird is VERY cool! It is 73-0996, nicknamed "Speedwell," 140 TFW, 120 TFS, Colorado ANG. This jet was the personal mount of the wing commander when the unit won the 1981 TAC Gunsmoke competition.
Hawk 75 #2. MULTIPLE SHEET SET! Without doubt, the French Air Force Hawk 75s (P-36 for export) were the brightest and gaudiest ever. Your own eyes give you the proof, because I’ll bet every time you’ve seen a Vichy aircraft model on display or in a contest your eyes have been pulled immediately to it. This set allows you to build two birds from the Battle of France, and two more brightly marked ships from the Vichy air force. First from the Battle of France is a Hawk 75A-3, White 7, GC II/4, 3 Esc., flown by Sergent-chef Antoine Casenobe, 7 Kills in WW II, 1940. Note the devil on a broomstick insignia and "Fan-Fan-La-Tulipe" nose art. The second Battle of France bird is a Hawk 75A-3, White 7, GC II/5, 3 Esc., Lafayette Escadrille, 1940, sporting the diagonal green fuselage stripe and famous Indian chief head insignia. The first Vichy ship is the brightly marked Hawk 75A-3, White 9, GC I/4, 2 Esc., flown by Sgt. Georges Lemare-5 kills, at Cap-Vert, Dakar, 1942. The final subject is one of the relatively few Hawk 75A-4s received by France, this one from GC II/5 in North Africa, 1940, and possibly flown by Lt Georges Ruchoux.
Early Messerschmitt Bf 109s #3. The first bird is probably the most famous 109 of the Spanish Civil War, the Bf 109D-1 named "Luchs" (lynx) flown by Hauptmann Werner Moelders, Staffelkapitaen of 3.J/88, November, 1938. Second is the pristine (and VERY early) Bf 109A, 6-3, 2.J/88, Herrera de Pisuerga, October, 1937. You need this set if you have the Cutting Edge conversion and for when Eduard releases their early 109s.
Bf 109 Friedrichs & Gustavs. Bf 109G-6 of 7./JG3 with the large white meteor insignia on the nose from 7./JG 3, White 10 + Black I, Bad Worishofen, 1944; Bf 109F-4/Trop of 1./JG 3 on the Eastern Front in 1942, Black 8 with an unusual "desert" camouflage scheme of patches and splinters of RLM 79 over the original European camouflage; Bf 109F-4/B, flown by Uffz. Fischer and with the large white bomb insignia aft of the fuselage cross, 10.(Jabo)/JG 26, White 11, shot down on 20 May, 1942, after Fischer attempted to bomb a Royal Navy corvette new Newhaven; Bf 109F-4/B, flown by Uffz. Felix Sauer, 10.(Jabo)/JG 53, White 3, and featuring the Pik As insignia on the nose and the insignia of a bomb striking Malta in black on the white aft fuselage band.
Dramatic Late-War Bf 109G-10s #2. First is a Bf 109G-10 at Praha (Prague) in 1945, with a White 4 in a large and unusual style. It featured the white/blue quartered RV band of KG(J) 54. The second is a Bf 109G-10, Green 1, Stab/JG77, WNr. 784930, 1945. Note the green/white RV band and subcontractor-built wooden rudder with splotched camouflage. The final Bf 109G-10 was named "Gisela," and was Red 12 of 2./JG 300, flown by Uffz. Dahmen, Borkheide, Germany, Oct. 1944. The solid red RV band and overpainted earlier tactical number are quite eye-catching!
Amazing Fw 190s #2. First is a truly amazing FW 190F-8 that actually carried TWO complete and intact sets of tactical markings. The Yellow 11 Bar was painted directly on top of the earlier Red 7 + I . . . WITHOUT the earlier markings being painted out! It had apparently been assigned to 10./JG ? before being assigned to 7./JG ? of an unfortunately unknown geschwader, and featured a yellow nose band and rudder. This plane was photographed somewhere on the Western Front in 1945. The second bird is an Fw 190A-7, White 14, with the dramatic black/white/black RV band and mailed fist holding yellow lightning bolt nose art, Sturmstaffel 1, Salzwedel, April 1944. Note the applique armor and armored windscreen on this ship.
Exciting Fw 190s #2. First is the very famous Fw 190A-7, Red 13, flown by Major Heinz Baer (Bar) while he was in II./JG 1 at Rheine in March 1944. The white rudder with wreath commemorating 200 kills, red RV band, and yellow under-nose are striking. The second bird is an Fw 190A-6, Black <+I, flown by Major Anton Hackl, Stab III./JG 11, Oldenburg, Germany, April 1944. Note the all-white fin and rudder with Hackl’s 141 kills to date, yellow RV band, and yellow under-cowl. The final ship is an Fw 190A-7, Yellow 6, flown by Fw. Gerhard Giese, 3./JG 1, Feb. 8, 1944. The black/white striped cowl and red RV band are hard to miss!
P-51D Big Stud Ponies Part 2. First is the P-51D flown by Robin Olds, "SCAT VII" in the correct ORANGE color (not red as sometimes depicted) with 21 kill markings, L2*W, 434th FS, 479TH FG. NOTE: this artwork was based on Gen Olds photos and confirmed for us by Gen Olds. The second is the P-51D-5-NA, "Happy Jack’s Go Buggy," MC*O with the correct mixture of code letters and kill markings, flown by Jack M. Ilfrey, 79th FS, 20th FG, 8th AF, 1944. The markings on this bird evolved over time and have confused many artists and decal companies. Ilfrey’s markings on his ‘D’ evolved over time. In most cases, it has been shown incorrectly with early cowl markings and late fuselage markings. When it had the mission markings and red/yellow name on the cowl is was coded MC-O. Later, it had the 20th FG’s black & White cowl stripes added covering the previous cowl markings, and the name was repainted in black/yellow. Around this time the aircraft code was changed from ‘O’ to ‘I’, with the ‘O’ being painted out with a light gray paint.
P-40B Tomahawks #4. As I’ve said, I dearly love those Flying Tiger (AVG) Tomahawk schemes! The first subject in this set is Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B), R. T. Smith, Flight Leader 3rd. PS, American Volunteer Group, Kunming, January 1942. The second is the Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B) flown by Tommy Haywood, 3rd. PS, American Volunteer Group, Kunming, 1942.
F-105 Fancy Girls #2. This features two of the most famous Thuds of the Vietnam war! First is F-105D-25-RE, "Cherry Girl," 357th TFS, 355th TFW, Takhli, Thailand, which featured a large, squatting nude female figure on top of the nose by the refueling receptical. The second is F-105F-1-RE, Captain Jim Pepprell, "Jinkin Josie, 357th TFS, 355th TFW, Takhli, Thailand, June 1968. This is the jet flown by Leo Thorsness during his famous Medal of Honor mission on 19 April 1967, during which he scored a MiG-17 kill. The jet was also named, at various other times, "The Moon Lighter" and "Take Her Down."
A-10A "Black Lightning" Special Scheme, 118th FS /103rd FW Connecticut ANG. This striking scheme commemorated the 118th RS P-51 in WW II. Includes BlackMagic(tm) precut painting masks for portions of the black lightning bolt! We created this decal with the assistance of the jet’s crew chief at the time, who wanted these decals for her son’s Warthog model.
A-7E Corsair II Part 3: VA-86 Sidewinders. This set covers the famous SLUFs of the Sidewinders. Especially note the different orange colors used in the rattlesnake ("sidewinder") squadron insignia on the fin and the huge orange diamonds and stripes on the fuselage top, rudder, and wing tops! These are usually (and incorrectly) depicted on decal sheets as the same orange color.
MiG-21 Fishbeds #2. MiG-21 MF, #5121, North Vietnamese AF with eight kill markings painted on the nose; MiG-21 US, Blue 10, Soviet AF with large and dramatic eagle nose art; MiG-21 bis, #1007, 1. Dywizjonu Lotnictwa Marynarki Wojennej (1st Naval Fighter Sq) with both unit and personal nose art, Gydnia-Babie Doly, Poland, 1995.
Foreign Bf 109G Gustavs #2. What beautiful birds! This set showcases three unusual and colorful Bf 109G-6s. First is Yellow 10 from the ANR (Italian co-belligerant air force) 1a Squadron at Ghedi in November 1944. Additionally unusual by having both Luftwaffe and ANR national insignia, the original Luftwaffe markings have been painted out by a gray Italian color, but repainted by the ANR resulting in the fuselage crosses being ‘thicker’ than normal. This aircraft has been depicted in some publications as having a tall-tail and tail wheel, but the photos clearly show a standard short tail. Next is V8+06 of 101/3 Puma Squadron, Royal Hungarian AF in the summer of 1944. Note that to reduce visibility the white areas of the fuselage cross and tail stripe have been grayed out. We do not know if the white stripes on the horizontal stabilizers received this overspray or not, but it is likely they did. The final machine is the very colorful V8+65 of 101/2 Puma Squadron, Royal Hungarian AF, at Veszprem in the summer of 1944. Unfortunately for those of you relying on the profile in the Squadron/Signal book ‘Hungarian Air Force’ …don’t. Most of the markings are incorrect and misplaced, and the style of the ‘5’ is completely wrong. Original photos dictated the shape and placement for our decals and profile illustration.
Early Messerschmitts Bf 109s #2. This set showcases four famous early 109s. First is the Bf 109 B-1 flown by Wilhelm Staege in the Spanish Civil War as part of 2.J/88 and based at Alar d’ el Rey in August 1937. Note that the "top hat" insignia on each Bf 109 during the war was hand painted and therefore they were each different! Next is the night fighter Bf 109 D-1, White N+7, 10.(N)/JG 26, Johannes "Macki" Steinhoff (who eventually scored 176 victories including some in the Me 262), Norway, Jever, 1940. The final subject is another Norway bird, but sporting a different style of markings Bf 109 D-1 night fighter, Yellow N+11, 12.(N)/JG 2, Norway, 1940.
He 162 Volksjaegern. This set includes marking for SIX interesting 162s. First is He 162 A-2, White 1, Lt Rudolf Schmitt, who claimed Typhoon kill on 24 Apr 45. Next is He 162 A-2, Air Ministry 61, W.Nr. 120072 from 1./JG 1 which surrendered at Leck (depicted in RAF markings in England, Oct, 1945). Also, He 162 A-2, Yellow 6, W.Nr. 120235, formerly 3./JG 1, Leck, May, 1945. Another RAF-marked He 162 A-2, Air Ministry 67/VH513 (possibly VH515), W.Nr. 120098, Leck, Oct., 1945. The final jet is He 162 A-2, White 5, W.Nr. 120089, 3./JG 1, April, 1945.
Fw 190As #2. First is the very famous Fw 190A-8, Black 13 – + – flown by Oberstleutnant Josef "Pips" Priller, Stab/JG 26, France, June 6, 1944. Next is the visually interesting Fw 190A-8/R2, Yellow 12 with "Muschi" nose art flown Unteroffizier Paul Lixfeldt, 6./JG 300, Löbnitz, Germany, Nov. 1944. This bird had extremely worn paintwork and large colored repair patches. The final subject is the Fw 190A-6, White Double Chevron, flown Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, General der Jagdflieger, Fall 1943.
MiG-29 Fulcrum A, German Air Force Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff," 2003 "Farewell USA" Tour MULTIPLE SHEET SET! This jet has a beautiful stylized American flag on one side and a German flag on the other. The unit will transition to Eurofighters in the near future and this scheme is in honor of their last trip to the US in Fulcrums. From May to July, 2003, Staffel 731 of JG 73 "Steinhoff" sent seven MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters on their final deployment to North America. Home based at Laage Air Base near Rostock on Germany’s Baltic coast, the unit will transition to Eurofighters later in 2003. One jet, 29+10, was painted in a special scheme to commemorate the occasion. A stylized flag of the unit’s home country, Germany was painted on the starboard side of the fuselage and wings, and a stylized American flag was painted on the port side. The flag sections flowed from the front fuselage on each side onto both the tops and bottoms of the wings. Only one jet was painted in this scheme. This final deployment went from Burlington, VT, on 8 May 2003, to Eglin AFB, FL, for Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) as well as AA-10 Alamo and AA-11 Archer live fire exercises over the Gulf of Mexico. Their MiG-29s departed the US for the final time on 7 July 2003.
PYN-up Decals F4U Babes-4-U Part 1. F4U-1, "Marine’s Dream," Modex 576, VMF-222, BuNo 02576, 1st Lt. Edwin Olander, Munda, October, 1943. Although not widely recognized, clear photos of "Marine’s Dream" show the nose art was shaded and not "flat!" Olander was part of VMF-222, although this plane has been often incorrectly identified in print as being assigned to VMF-214. This is confirmed by information cards for the official Marine Corps photos (see below). This aircraft flipped over during an emergency landing at the unfinished Torokina airstrip on Bougainville on 13 December 1944. That the plane has been so well recorded in photos is due to the fact that the Marine Corps took a series of photos of its recovery that are now in the US National Archives collection. The first in this series shows the plane on its back in a large mud puddle. Subsequent photos in the series show the large truck-mounted crane pulling the aircraft back right side up. It’s unrecorded whether this plane ever flew again, but if so would have required a new fin and rudder and left outer wing, both of which were well bent in the flip over. One source notes this plane was scrapped in February 1944. This plane was painted in the early two-tone scheme of M-485 Blue Gray (non-specular) over M-495 Light Gray (non-specular). However, the scheme was extremely weathered, with a very large amount of overspraying and touch-up with fresh colors. Given the time period this plane was in combat service, it is highly likely that stocks of the Blue Gray paint were exhausted and at least some of the touch-up was in ANA 607 Non-Specular Sea Blue and/or ANA 608 Intermediate Blue. Touch-up was especially heavy on the upper inboard wings, which were almost completely covered with darker, fresher paint than the original faded camouflage. The original modex number on the fuselage was painted out with darker paint. It’s possible that ANA 608 Intermediate Blue was used, given the time period the aircraft was in service. In addition, extremely heavy, light colored exhaust staining ran from the engine exhausts back over the sides of the fuselage to well aft of the wing trailing edge. This was one beat-up bird, even before the accident! The national insignia, at the time of the landing accident, were the original large star-only cocarde with white horizontal bars added. Both the fuselage and wing insignia can easily be seen in the crash photos. At this time there was no outline to the white bars. The upper right wing star has been overpainted, leaving only an upper left wing star cocarde with plain white bars added. Note that a F4U-1D warbird is currently flying in these markings. The warbird’s markings are considerably different than the photos show for the original aircraft, and for some reason the team flying the warbird claim it was Marine ace Ken Walsh’s Corsair. While it is possible that Walsh may have flown this aircraft, it was certainly not his "regular" aircraft, which carried his Japanese flag kill markings. The currently-flying warbird has red-bordered insignia, but no photographic evidence of this on the original has been found and it’s extremely unlikely. The second subject is F4U-1A featuring kneeling Texas cowgirl artwork based on Vargas. The Modex was 8, and it was assigned to VMF-422, BuNo 17965, 1st Lt. Stout, Engibi Island, May 18, 1944.
US Export Colors Of WW II, by Dana Bell. Covers the colors and camouflage patterns used on American aircraft exported to the Allies during WW II. This book covers specific colors used at specific times on specific aircraft. A MUST have for all serious modelers. If you missed getting this book as a bonus for purchasing decals during my introductory sale, it is identical to the one offered then , and is now available for purchase. It will be delivered electronically and requires a PC and internet connection (Windows or Linux; sorry about that, Macintosh users).
F-86 Sabre Markings Of The Korean War, by David H. Klaus. This special report on the marking systems used by Sabre units during the Korean War uses excellent photos to illustrate the various elements of these markings. Photos of interesting nose art are also discussed. If you missed getting this book as a bonus for purchasing decals during my introductory sale, it is identical to the one offered then , and is now available for purchase. It will be delivered electronically and requires a PC and internet connection (Windows or Linux; sorry about that, Macintosh users).
F4H-1 Phantom: The Legend Begins, by David H. Klaus. This heavily illustrated special report covers some of the important aspects of the delivery and use of the "first" Phantom (yeah, yeah, I know the FH-1 Phantom was technically the "first" Phantom, but that jet was a failure and only a handful produced . . . in most peoples’ minds, THIS was the only Phantom that counted). Contains many photos you probably haven’t seen before, and almost certainly better quality than available elsewhere. If you missed getting this book as a bonus for purchasing decals during my introductory sale, it is identical to the one offered then , and is now available for purchase. It will be delivered electronically and requires a PC and internet connection (Windows or Linux; sorry about that, Macintosh users).