S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
48-007 & 48-008
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator
|Contents and Media:
||One decal sheet and
48-007 - USD$9.46
48-008 - USD$9.46 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 and squadron insignia
must be sourced elsewhere
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Wings 1/48 scale Vindicator decals
are available online from Squadron
I'm sure that
Yellow-Wings Decals is hell bent on producing decals for every type
of aircraft flown by the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Army Air
Corps aircraft from the colourful pre-World War II era. This seems
to be evident as their latest two sheets cover the Vought SB2U
Vindicator, an aircraft that seems to have been largely ignored by
the bigger players in the decal world.
Sheets 48-007 and
48-008 provide markings for the soon to be released eagerly
anticipated and long awaited Accurate Miniatures kit as well as the
extant HI-PM one. Each sheet provides markings for 12 Section
Leader aircraft as well as all 24 wingmen.
markings for VB-2 machines from the USS Lexington and VB-3 machines
off the USS. Saratoga.
Click the thumbnails below to view
48-008 covers VB-4
- USS Ranger andVS-72 - USS Wasp.
These two new
sheets follow the same and now familiar format from Yellow-Wings.
The sheets provide markings for twelve Section Leader aircraft on
each sheet as well as less complete markings for a further 24
squadron machines. The squadron machines simply receive the four
numbers of the Bureau number less the SB2U-2 designation as well
section and aircraft in section numbers. The Section Leader
aircraft markings provided include:
The fuselage 'number-letter-number'
Six sets of US NAVY titles (12 in all are provided but
you need two per aircraft)
Aircraft designator i.e. – SB2U-2
Individual Bureau numbers for 32 different machines.
Kudos to Yellow-Wings here as they could have just as easily
supplied generic SB2U-2 designators and individual numbers in a 0
though 9 format
'Battle Es' where appropriate
To complete the markings for any of the aircraft featured you will
need to find the national insignia and the squadron insignia that
most of the aircraft of this era wore. Yellow-Wings sheet
will supply the national insignia if you don't have any readily
available in your decal stash whilst a visit to their website
reveals that they will soon release the wing chevrons and fuselage
bands for the Vindicator. Their sheet for the TBD-1 Devastator wing
chevrons and fuselage bands
48-003 also supplied Squadron
insignia so I would dare say that the squadron insignia will be on
this soon to be released sheet if Yellow-Wings follow their
material that accompanies each sheet is outstanding and very
complete. Each sheet comes with four A-4 sized sheets that are
printed on both sides. They contain
A placement guide that shows side profile line
drawings of a generic machine, as well as a split top/bottom top
view and a front-on view on the front and what Yellow-Wings state is
an exact reproduction of the painting and markings blueprint for the
Vindicator used by the Vought Aircraft Company to paint each
aircraft by Bureau number and marking for each squadron.
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. There is also
mention of Testor's model paint matches on a second sheet as well as
some advice on how to mix a more accurate orange-yellow.
An explanation of how to read the
'number–letter–number' fuselage code and what it meant.
A listing of each of the 58 Vindicators produced by
Bureau number that shows their squadron assignment, carrier or shore
base assignment, the contract dates as well as the estimated and
actual delivery dates.
As with other
sheets produced by Yellow-Wings to date, I guess the spreading of
the markings you need to complete a single machine over 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 – my personal
preference and not a criticism of the product.
themselves have been printed by Microscale. Enough said, you know
that they will work and work well. The supporting information as
well as the decal sheets (there are two sheets per pack) and a stiff
cardboard header are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
These latest two
sheets from Yellow-Wings Decals are excellent. They provide good
quality decals as well as full and complete historical background
and information on US Navy markings of the period and information on
which model paint to use.
Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for
the review samples.
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