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Pre-WWII 1940-41
USN OS2U-1/2/3 “Kingfisher”

Fuselage Bands and Wing Chevrons in all three Section colours

Yellow Wings Decals, 1/48 scales

 

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Catalogue Number and Description:

Yellow-Wing Decals: 48-035 - Pre-WWII 1940-41 USN OS2U-1/2/3 “Kingfisher” Fuselage Bands and Wing Chevrons in all three Section colours

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: A5 decal sheets and comprehensive instructions
Price: USD$10.95 available online from Yellow Wings website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Comprehensive instructions; colour matches to Testor, Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high quality printing of decals by Microscale
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: Another excellent sheet from Yellow-Wing Decals that will provide you with some colourful alternatives for your stashed Monogram /Revell kits.


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Yellow Wings Decals are available online from Squadron

 

FirstLook

 

Following along from their 48-021 and 48-030 sheets, this one completes the recent trilogy of sheets that provide fuselage bands and wing chevrons.  This time, the decals are for the Vought OS2U Kingfisher.

The contents of the pack provides you with wing chevrons for the upper surfaces of the wings as well as fuselage bands in each of the three colours used during the yellow-wing era of the U.S. Navy and USMC aviation.   You also get 20 tri-colour prop tip decals, four squadron badges for VO-1, VO-2, VO-3 and VO-4, three sets of wing walk-ways, three red propeller warning stripes for the float and three sets of black outline wing-walks for the upper surface of the wings.  Unlike the other two sheets in the wing chevron/fuselage band series, this one does not provide you with the black/white edging to the markings.

 

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The decals themselves have been printed by the Microscale, the company that all the other decal manufacturers are measured against.  They are well up to their high standards being thinly printed with an absolute minimum of carrier film.

As with all Yellow-Wings Decals products, comprehensive support information is provided along with the decal sheet.  You get three A-4 sized sheets that are printed on both sides.  Individual side and lower surface plan views are provided for machines of VO-1 aboard the USS Arizona, USS Nevada, and USS Pennsylvania between 1940 and 1941, VO-2 aboard the USS Tennessee, USS Oklahoma, and USS California between 1940 and 1941, VO-4 aboard the USS Idaho, USS Mississippi and USS New Mexico between 1940 and 1941, and finally, VO-4 aboard the USS West Virginia, USS Colorado and USS Maryland  between 1940 and 1941 to give you an idea of the how to place the decals as well as providing info on the paint scheme.  You also get detailed information on the painting of USN/USMC machines between 1930 and 1941 (termed the golden wing era) as well as instructions for the sequence of the application of the decals themselves and a chart that suggest matches paints of the era to readily available model paints – Tamiya, Testors and Polly Scale.

The decals and information sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag along with a stiff header card to save everything from being bent.

The suggested kit is the Monogram /Revell one.

Another excellent sheet from Yellow-Wing Decals that will provide you with some colourful alternatives for your stashed Monogram /Revell kits.

Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2008 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 26 January, 2009
Last updated 1 February, 2009

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