S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
48-050 - Planes of the
Movie "Dive Bomber"
|Contents and Media:
||Eight (!) decal sheets and
USD$29.95 available online from
Yellow Wings website
reference and instructions; all markings for 12 aircraft; colour matches to Testor,
Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high
quality printing of decals by Microscale; great value for so many
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Wings 1/48 scale decals
are available online from Squadron
When these decals
were first previewed on the net, I could not wait to get my hands on
set. I have to admit, though, that I was a little hesitant that the
decals would not live up to the hype that they were receiving.
that I have finally got a set, I can say that my fears were
unfounded. The guys at a Yellow-Wings Decals have done an excellent
job with this one!
So just what was
the movie "Dive Bomber" all about and why is it so well remembered?
Well, the movie's storyline is about a U.S. Navy
Flight Surgeon (Errol Flynn) who is researching G-induced black-outs
and together with Fred Mac Murray, they look at ways to prevent this
Whilst the movie is very dramatic in the true Hollywood style, to me
the real stars of the movie are the aircraft that feature. The
movie was made immediately prior to WWII and as such feature real
and period aircraft of the Yellow-Wing era in full colour.
So what do you get
for your money? A whole lot! The set comprises eight decal
sheets. The individual machines are:
Markings are provided for four different full colour Vindicators,
3-B-1, 3-B-2, 3-B-3, and the Commanders aircraft (CAG Bird). A
fuselage band (red) for the number one aircraft in the squadron and
wing chevrons (red) for all three machines of the first section plus
the diagonal band used on the CAG bird are provided. Just in time
for the new Accurate Miniatures kit!
There are three different full colour TBDs to choose from. 3-T-13,
3-T-14 and 3-T-15. There is a fuselage band (green) for the Section
Leaders aircraft as well as wing chevrons for all three machines of
the fifth section and VT-3 squadron insignia. Markings for three
grey TBDs also feature- 3-T-2, 3-T-3, and 3-T-6.
A single SBC-3 features. It is in full colour finish and wears the
Group Commanders 6-S-1 markings. VS-6 Squadron insignia is supplied
as wing chevrons and fuselage band (red).
Markings are provided for 3 full colour 3F-2s and a single F3F-3.
The F3F-2s are 6-F-1, 6-F-4, and 6-F-10. The F3F-3 is 6-F-14.
Squadron insignia for VF-6 is provided as are the appropriate
section leader fuselage bands as well as wing chevrons (red, white,
green and black). You also get the appropriate pin striping (black
and white) for the fuselage bands and cowlings.
Markings are supplied for three full colour machines, 5-B-1, 6-B-2,
and 6-B-7. VB-6's Squadron insignia is also supplied as are
fuselage bands and wing chevrons (red, and blue respectively).
Markings for a single full colour SOC-1 are provided. These
markings are for the machine operated from USS Houston. The
supplied markings include the side numbers – 4-CS-14, wing chevron
(black) and (blue) bands for the tail.
Markings for a single machine with no Squadron assignment.
Electra Model 10
Markings for a single machine – again, with no squadron assignment.
The markings are for the experimental aircraft, Bureau Number 1758.
A single machine, 3-F-17 in grey camouflage.
Again, for a single machine, 3-S-10 in grey camouflage.
- NAF N3N or
Stearman N2S (Yellow Perils)
Strangely, no written description this aircraft is included on the
information sheets but visual mention is made on the placement
guide. Markings for four machines are provided. 22, 27, 29, and
36, all of Training Squadron 2.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
As well as the
aircraft specific squadron markings, individual Bureau Numbers are
supplied for each aircraft on the sheet(s) as well as U.S. NAVY
titles, and national insignia. Especially welcome is the small
sheet that holds 136 red yellow and blue propeller tip markings as
this sure will save a lot of masking.
with all of the Yellow-Wing Decals sheets that I have see, it is the
accompanying documentation that make their products complete. This
set is no exception and it comes with six A-4 sized sheets (double
sided) of information on the movie, the featured machines, how and
why they were painted and marked, and of what kits and model paints
are available to replicate them in 1/48 scale.
themselves have been printed by Microscale. They are all in perfect
register, sharply printed, extremely thin and have a minimum of film
surrounding the individual subjects.
The decals and
supporting information sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
bag. A stiff cardboard header card is also provided to prevent
At $29.95, I don't
think you will find better value. You get complete markings for
twenty seven aircraft on eight decal as well as full supporting
information on how to model them.