MAW Decals, 1/48 scale
48-MAW-008 - Formation Lights
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Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
USD$11.99 from MAW Decals
Useful accessory for
a wide selection of aircraft
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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website advises that their main focus is to produce high
quality model decals for the aircraft of the United States Marine Corps and they
certainly do this with an ever growing range.
One of their newer releases is 48-MAW008, a sheet that holds
a range of 1/48 scale formation lights or as they are commonly known, slime
lights are seen on just about all U.S. military tactical aircraft and as far as
I can find out they began to be applied in the late 1960s.
So just what
are they and why are they used? Well, formation lights are mounted on the
fuselage, wing tips and the vertical fins of military aircraft and are used to
indicate an aircraft’s position and attitude during close formation flying –
something you would want to know if you were flying at night and formatting on
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(they are called that as the yellow/green light they emit is reminiscent of
slime seen in horror movies) are based on the physical principle of
electroluminescence. An operating voltage of 115 V/ 400 Hz stimulates a
luminescent substance to emit light which has a very small radiation spectrum
(read that you can only see them if you are close up so as you don’t give away
your position to the enemy) and the intensity of the light transmitted is
dimmable by variation of the voltage.
of the science lesson and on with what comes on the sheet! As far as I can
tell, you get two complete sets of lights for the following aircraft:
is provided as to what kit the decals have been designed for is offered
for some of the aircraft are provided as three part decals e.g., the A-6/E-A6B
but the majority are simple two-part decals with the exception of F-4, CH-53 and
CH-46 which are single piece decals. The two-part decals are pretty much true
to life in as much as the black printed decal is overlayed on the yellow/green
one to simulate the sectioned parts of the one-to-one-scale ones that I seen.
themselves have been printed by Microscale. They are sharp, clear and in
perfect register. Three sheets are provided. A larger, normal sized one and
two smaller ones, one of which appears to be an errata to replace the black
outlines to the A-6/EA-6B ones on the main sheet.
material is via two A-4 sized glossy sheets that show colour drawings applicable
to each of the aircraft for which decals are supplied for.
material and the three decal sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
addition to the decal bank as far as I am concerned.
MAW Decals for the review sample.
Decals have an excellent website at
and it is
well worth a visit just to view their reference section if anything
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 31 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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