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||Available in 1/72 and 1/48
|Contents and Media:
||2 sheets of decals, 2 sheets
||1/72 - USD$9.50
1/48 - USD$12.00
||Made to order, high clarity
||Each individual decal
requires cutting out due to limitations of the printing process.
Decals a little bit susceptible to scratching when cutting out.
by Dale Smith
You may have already seen my reviews of 'Mike Grant
Decals' products here on HyperScale in the last number of weeks.
Mike produces all of his decals in his basement, with artwork that he
personally produces and then generates on his computer. The decals are
then printed on a 'ALPS' printer. The inks that Mike is using are
waterproof and also light-fast, and he advises that they also react well
to MicroSol and MicroSet. When purchased, the decals are printed
individually and made to order.
The only drawback I have found with this style of decals is that a
little bit more care is required when cutting them out, as they are
susceptible to scratching and scraping. To avoid any damage, its a good
idea to use a plastic ruler or scrap styrene as the hard edge for
cutting them out with the hobby knife. The other point to note is that
the carrier film covers the entire sheet, so each individual item needs
to be cut out separately. In some cases or to avoid registration
problems, separate white parts are supplied which are aligned and added
during the decalling process.(Not Required with this set) A little bit
of extra care and they compare well with screen printed decals. All
other decal and model preparation criteria apply.
The sample I have received from this manufacturer for review covers
the Canadair CF-5A/D in Canadian Air Force service. Aircraft that are
covered in the set are:
Dual Seat, aircraft serial 116819 of 419 Squadron "Bort
No.19" in the wraparound Ghost Aggressor Scheme of FS 35237,
36307 and 36251.
- CF-5A Single Seat, aircraft serial 116705 of 419 Squadron
"Bort No. 05 in the same Ghost Aggressor Scheme as the above
- CF-5A Single Seat , aircraft serial 116723 of 434 Squadron. This
aircraft is in a grey/green wraparound scheme of FS 36118 and
- CF-5D Dual Seat , aircraft serial 116837 of 419 Squadron in an
overall Aluminium scheme with red horizontal tailplanes and wing
The decals in my review sample were very nicely printed. There were
no register problems, all details were very clear and sharp and the
colour density was very good.
A nice touch in the set are the false canopy decals that are provided
for the two 'Aggressor' aircraft that are placed on the belly of the
subject aircraft. There is also a large number of CAF numerals supplied
in scale 4, 6, 10 and 12 inch sizes that would enable any aircraft
serial to be modelled. A large number of airframe and warning stencils
are also supplied as well as navigation light strips.
Mike suggests in 1/72 scale that the Hasegawa or Esci F-5A and F-5D
kits be used. In 1/48 scale the Testors/Italeri F-5A and the Fujimi F-5D
kits are suggested.
This is a very nice selection of different schemes for the Canadian
'modern' era modeller. The overall aluminium scheme with red trim decals
look very attractive, and the Aggressor schemes are a very nice
Information has also been given with the review sample, that if you
happen to damage an item during the decalling process, simply contact
Mike by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
for a replacement.
Thanks to Mike Grant Decals for the review sample.
Mike Grant Decals are
available from his website where you can also see the rest of his range
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Review Copyright © 2001 by Dale
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