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Number and Description:
72-004 - Pre-WWII
12 Section Leaders plus 24 wing men VB-2 & VB-3
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Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Another of Yellow Wings Decals promised forays into 1/72 scale, this
sheet provides you with enough markings to replicate any of the
machines operated by both VB-2 and VB-3.
Being in the smaller 1/72 scale, Yellow Wings are able to fit enough
markings onto a single sheet as opposed to the two that would
normally be required to cover the same subject in 1/48 scale.
The sheet supplies markings for 12 different machines, six from
either squadron. The markings are pretty well complete with
exception of the national insignia (which you can get from the
Yellow Wings sheet 72-001) and include wing chevrons in section
colours, fuselage bands for the section leader's machines, propeller
tip markings, fuselage codes, bureau numbers (thankfully, Yellow
Wings have produced each and every one of these as a one-piece decal
as opposed to simply supplying a plethora of separate numbers and
have you cobble together a Bureau number), U.S. Navy titles, and
As always, the supporting information supplied by Yellow Wings is
comprehensive. This information is printed on both sides of two A-4
sized pages and includes three view black and white drawings of
representative machines from each squadron on the front and a table
that informs you on what markings were worn by each Bureau number.
Click the thumbnails below to view
themselves have been printed by Microscale. As usual, they are thin,
in perfect register and exhibit an absolute minimum of carrier film.
The decal sheet and supporting information are packed into a clear
plastic zip-loc bag along with a stiff cardboard header to stop the
decal sheet from being creased.
No recommendation as to what kit to use has been given. As far as I
understand, 1/72 scale Vindicators are pretty thin on the ground and
what there is available is from limited run producers like MPM,
Pavla, Condor, Esoteric and Special Hobby.
A great product from Yellow Wings Decals which is as every bit as
good as their other first rate packages.