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Number and Description:
48-001 & 48-002 Douglas
|Contents and Media:
||One decal sheet and
48-001 - USD$7.97
48-002 - USD$7.97 both available online from Squadron.com
reference and instructions; markings for 12 aircraft (partial) on
each sheet; colour matches to Testor model paint range; high
quality printing of decals by Microscale
||National markings, wing
chevrons and squadron insignia not included (later releases will
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Wings 1/48 scale TBD-1 Devastator decals
are available online from Squadron
Yellow-Wings Decals is a new company out of
Linden, New Jersey; in the United States that specialize in decal
sheets for US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Army Air Corps aircraft
from the colourful pre-war era. Sheets 48-001 and 48-002 are their
initial foray and provide markings for the recently re-released
Monogram/Revell Douglas TBD-1 'Devastator' kit. Each sheet provides
markings for 12 Section Leader aircraft.
48-001 provides markings for six VT-2 machines
from the USS Lexington with a further six more from VT-5 of the USS
48-002 covers VT-6 (USS Enterprise): and VT-3
what do you get for your money? Well, markings for twelve aircraft on
each sheet - but not complete markings. The sheets provide:
The fuselage 'number-letter-number'.
Three sets of US NAVY titles.
Aircraft designator i.e. - TBD-1
Individual Bureau number.
'Battle Es' where appropriate.
To complete the markings for any of the aircraft
featured you will need to find the national insignia, wing chevrons,
(Yes, you can always paint these on but trying to mask and paint these
over the corrugated surface of the wings is an exercise fraught with
danger!) and the squadron insignia that most of the aircraft of this
A visit to the Yellow Wings website at
www.yellow-wingsdecals.com reveals that future issues will provide
these markings, albeit on two further sheets.
The decals themselves have been printed by
Microscale and are well up to this company's reputation.
What really stands out with these sheets is the
information that accompanies them. Each sheet has two A-4 sized
sheets that are printed on both sides. They contain
A brief history of the TBD-1 pointing out its high and
Black and white side profile line drawings of each
machine, as well as a generic top view.
A colour reference chart that identifies the colour worn
by an aircraft to the carrier it flew from and the section it belonged
to. As well as this, it also provides matches of the specific colour
to the Testors Model Master range.
An explanation of how to read the 'number–letter–number'
fuselage code and what it meant.
These sheets, as well as the decal sheet itself
and a stiff cardboard header; come packed in a clear plastic ziploc
I guess the spreading of the markings you need to
complete a single machine over three separate sheets is a commercial
one. Personally, I would have liked to have seen markings for one or
two individual machines and the provision of the other required
markings on a single sheet.
These sets represent a great debut into the decal
world by Yellow-Wings Decals. They provide good quality decals as
well as easy to read and understand background information. The
research that has gone into their product is evident in the provision
of individual Bureau numbers for each of the aircraft.
Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for
the review samples.
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