Review Author
Robert Head
Published on
October 10, 2015
Company
DXM Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.00

About the Company

DXM, which stands for Double Excellent Models, was started by a group of modelers in Taipei, Taiwan. The group started manufacturing decals in 2010 covering a broad range of aircraft, including an extensive list of Japanese air command meets.

What’s on the Sheet?

This sheet covers fabled Grim Reapers squadron of VF-101,, previously of VF-52. This is a surprising feat as the Navy usually does not rename squadrons after disestablished units. The Grim Reapers operated primarily the F-14 Tomcat and has recently converted to the F-35C at Eglin AFB Florida. The aircraft covered are as followed:

Review Author
Robert Head
Published on
October 10, 2015
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$16.50

About the Company

AOA is a new decal company that for the most part specializes in aircraft from the Vietnam War era. I have reviewed their items in the past and I have always been highly impressed with the quality and the subjects that they are covering.

What’s on the Sheet?

This particular set covers one of my favorite aircraft, the OV-10 Bronco. The twin-boom Bronco has had a long and proud career that has spanned over 50 years now and is still in limited service to this day. Reliability, ease of operation and maintenance has made this aircraft a fond machine among pilots and air crew charged with maintaining it.

This decal set covers about 16 aircraft from 4 different TASS squadrons and you will have enough decals and stencil data to build 2 complete aircraft.

The decals cover the aircraft from the 19-23rd Tactical Air Support Squadrons (TASS)

Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
October 9, 2015
Company
Panda Hobby
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$32.95

The BMD is an air-droppable infantry combat vehicle built originally for the Soviet Airborne Forces. It was one of the first vehicles into Afghanistan in 1979 and like BMP soon proved to be inadequate to the task. Like the BMP, the BMD was upgraded as a result of the war experience, being fitted with a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon and 7.62mm PKT machine gun and the AT-5 Spandrel anti-tank missile system. These upgraded vehicles were built and they served in Afghanistan and in Kosovo with SFOR. The vehicles still serve in the airborne forces of Russia and Ukraine. According the Cookie Sewell 2500 were built and the majority of the BMD-2 and the older BMD-1s were placed in storage in depots around Russia and the Ukraine. Fast forward to 2014 and crisis erupted in the Donets Basin (DONBAS) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donbass)

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
October 9, 2015
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$54.99

History Brief

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien ("flying swallow") is a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. Built to compete with the P-40 Warhawk, the Ki-61-I was the first Japanese fighter to feature a liquid-cooled inline V engine. It was also the only mass-produced Japanese fighter of the war to use a liquid-cooled inline V engine. The first encounter reports claimed Ki-61s were Messerschmitt Bf 109s: further reports claimed that the new aircraft was an Italian design, which led to the Allied reporting name of "Tony", assigned by the United States War Department. The Japanese Army designation was "Army Type 3 Fighter”. Over 3,000 Ki-61s were produced. Initial prototypes saw action over Yokohama during the Halsey-Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942, and continued to fly combat missions throughout the war. Most of the type was tasked with defending the home islands against bomber flights.

Review Author
Joe Porche
Published on
October 8, 2015
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$89.95

My fascination with the A-4 Skyhawk dates back to 1979 when I attended my first air show at Lemoore Naval Air Station in the California’s central valley. As a freshman at Fresno State I was enamored with the Air National Guard F-106 Delta Darts, then flying out of the Fresno Air Terminal. I wanted to get a closer peek of the aircraft at the upcoming air show. After the long drive to and onto the base we were parked on, the northwest end of the base next to ramps was full of hundreds of A-4 Skyhawks and A-7 Corsairs. It was explained to us that these aircraft, although still front-line attack aircraft were waiting disposition, as they were in line to be replaced by the soon arriving F/A-18A. Most still had their colorful markings that were applied during the Vietnam War. I sure wish I had taken more photos as we walked down the ramps parallel to these historic aircraft.