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Pre WWII US National Insignia

Parts 1 & 2


1/32 scale

Yellow Wings Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

32-002 & 32-012 - Pre WWII US National Insignia Parts 1 & 2

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: Decal sheet and comprehensive instructions.
Price: each USD$12.95 available online from Yellow Wings website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Outstanding instructions and research; high quality printing of decals by Microscale;
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly 

Yellow Wings Decals are available online from Squadron



Well, it had to happen. Given the rise in popularity of "larger scale" kits, decal manufacturers are now releasing sheets to cater for this new direction in scale aircraft modelling.

Yellow Wings Decals from the United States concentrate on the pre WWII era of markings for machines of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps especially the so called "yellow wing" period.

These two new sheets simply provide the United States 1919 to 1942 national insignia popularly known as the "star in circle" national insignia.

The people of Yellow Wings are known for their thoroughness in research and accuracy and these two sheets are no exception. The information page that accompany each of them provide you with a history of this style of national marking, how it originated, and a reproduction of relevant paragraphs from the 1933 Bureau of Aeronautics Directive SR-2a that spell out how these markings were to be applied.

Sheet 32-002 provides 14 insignia that are sized to be applied to the SBD-1/2 Dauntless, the F-2A-1/2 Buffalo, and the F4F-3A Wildcat.

Sheet 32-012 gives you 27 insignia for the F4B-4 bi-plane, BF2C-1 bi-plane, as well as smaller 24" and 36" Neutrality Patrol insignia.

The decals themselves have been produced by Microscale, so you know that you will not have any trouble in applying them and that the finished product will be first rate.

Both sheets are packed into clear plastic zip-loc bags along with the information sheets and a stiff cardboard header card that keeps everything straight and stops the decal from being bent and creased.

A couple of excellent and well timed issues from Yellow Wings Decals. Given that kit manufacturers seem to be concentrating on larger scale issues of late, they will not go astray. Now, where is that Trumpeter SBD?



Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for the review sample.

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Review Copyright 2006 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 July, 2006
Last updated 18 July, 2006

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