S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
32-002 & 32-012 - Pre
WWII US National Insignia Parts 1 & 2
|Contents and Media:
||Decal sheet and
USD$12.95 available online from
Yellow Wings website
||Outstanding instructions and
quality printing of decals by Microscale;
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.
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?