This week we’re looking at the second release from AMDG decals. The format is identical to the first sheet A48-001. The decals are enclosed in a sealed bag and inside we have:
- Double sided instruction sheet
- Cover sheet with information on how the instruction sheet works and how to best apply decals.
- The decal sheet itself.
This decal sheet covers 3 P-51B and 1 F-6C.
- P-51B “MARJORIE II” 43-7175 of 354FS / 355FG based in Steeple Morden, UK, April 1944 – pilot: Lt. Byron G. Houston;
- P-51B “BONNIE ‘B’ II” 4312375 of 353fs / 354FG based at A-2, Criqueville, France, June 1944 – pilot: Capt. Donald M. Beerbower;
- P-51B “JEESIL PEESIL MOMMY” of 363FS / 357FG based in Leiston, UK, September 1944 – pilot: Lt. Frank Gailer;
- F-6C “BARBARA’S MISS REVENGE” of 118TRS / 23FG based in Chengkung, China, Spring 1945 – pilot: Maj. Edward McComas.
The cover sheet is about half a sheet of A4/Letter size glossy paper and well designed. As you can see from the images it’s not just a simple piece of paper with some printing on it. There’s an image of each of the aircraft on one side and some in depth instructions on how to get the best out of your decals when it comes to applying them. Also on this sheet are explanatory images showing how the instruction sheet works.
The instruction sheet is a double sided, glossy paper, full colour sheet. As before the instruction sheet covers the background and idiosyncrasies of each particular aircraft and is an interesting read in itself. The text covering each aircraft goes into detail about the markings on the aircraft and areas that were replaced or repainted to a different shade of olive drab. The instructions also give you a suggested order for applying the decal. The Tamiya 1/48 P-51B/C kit is recommended for all aircraft and the Accurate Miniatures kit will also work for aircraft #2. I particularly like the choice of adding an F-6C operating in China to this sheet; it’s not often you see this type of aircraft represented, never mind one that flew from China. Overall the instruction sheet is as good as the best you will find available.
The decal sheet itself has very little carrier film and the colours are bright and strong and in register. You also get 2 ways of applying several of the decals that have more than one colour. Several of them are supplied as one complete decal and also as separate coloured decals.
This decal sheet is highly recommended and you should certainly give the F-6C a try!
Many thanks to Michal at AMDG Decals for the review sample. If you go to the links page on his website you will see the distributors. If you’re interested in being a distributor, Mike would be interested in hearing from you.
Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com