1/144 and 1/200 Decals by Liveries Unlimited
Reviewed by Brett Green
Liveries Unlimited add these new decals sheets for modern airliners to the list of quality products.
Each set includes instructions on half-letter sized glossy paper, with colour placement illustrations on one side and monochrome text and detail drawings on the back. The decals have been well planned. Silver window frames are supplied separately to apply over grey windows. This should result in a detailed and convincing representaion in 1/200 and 1/144 scale.
Set AGA2-101 comprises just one decal sheet covering five possible Ethiopian passenger airliner subjects - their entire fleet of 767s! One of the airliners is the hijacked plane ditched off the Comoros Islands in November 1996. The instructions are quite clear on the minor variations in lower surface colours and the type of each subject aircraft. The donor kit is the now out-of-production Hasegawa Boeing 767-200, but the instructions point out that new E-767 kit may be substituted by simply leaving off the saucer and a few lumps and bumps. Even in the scale of 1/200, Liveries Unlimited include a set of separate decal windscreen wipers!
Set AGA4-15 includes markings for all five 757s of the Ethiopian Airlines fleet, including a 757-200PF cargo aircraft. The detail and finess of this set reflect the larger scale of 1/144. One sheet of half-letter size, plus one strip of decals for the cargo fuselage and a small sheet for the emergency exit route over the wing is included. Thin black outlines of aircraft logos and lettering are supplied separately to permit the modeller to decide whether to use them (letter outlines in particular would be almost invisible in these scales) but also to ensure registration. I liked the inclusion of decals to represent wing root landing lights. The optional door decals correct the inaccurate versions supplied in the Minicraft kit.
Set AGA4-152 covers the eight 737-300s of New York Air's fleet in the mid to late 1980's. All eight aircraft flew in two versions of a bright red scheme. Decals are supplied to finish any of the eight aircraft in either of the schemes. An errata decal sheet with white fuselage stripes and apple logo is supplied in white to replace the silver decals on the main sheet. As with the other sets, the silver printed items are very impressive (even if most on this sheet are destined for the dustbin!). Doubles are supplied for some of the small white items to ensure solid colour coverage, while opacity is ensured for larger items due to two print layers of white. This is a thoughtful feature considering the solid red colour scheme.
These three releases from Liveries Unlimited are colourful and high quality products that will surely appeal to civil aircraft modellers.
Thanks to Liveries Unlimited for the review sample.
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