Published on
August 20, 2012
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$20.00
Product / Stock #
32012
Base Kit
HK Models 1/32 B-25J Mitchell
Company: Dutch Decal - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Dutch Decal - Website: Visit Site

Dutch Decal has been producing decals of all aircraft from the Dutch Air Forces. The company started in 1986 and the decals that were produced caught on mainly for their quality and uniqueness and, according to Dutch Decal, their “sheets are silk screen printed with English instructions often in colour and if possible with photographs alongside the illustrations”.

This particular decal sheet was designed for Wingscale’s B-25, but due to lots of political mayhem (which I won’t get into), a new company called HK Models produced the B-25J kit. The decals will still work with this kit due to the fact that the dimensions have not changed.

Included in the package are the decal sheet and a two-page booklet (front & back) containing not only the placement of the decals but also the paint schemes for two squadrons of the Netherlands Air Force. Also contained on this decal sheet are eight different squadron numbers and four different squadron insignias. The carrier film is very close to the decals, so trimming won’t be necessary. The colors are excellently reproduced as well, each being in perfect registry.

I used their logo from the decal sheet for testing purposes because my B-25 isn’t finished yet, but after using the Micro Scale method it laid down perfectly over detail such as panel lines. The decals are very thin, yet the background colors didn’t show through. However, I would suggest trying to place them where you want them as quickly as possible in order to prevent them from tearing by moving them around.

Although their decals are printed in limited editions, take a look at their website and check out the decals they have. There aren’t very many, but if you see something out of stock or even a past decal that is no longer produced, I get the impression that they might accommodate you. They do have decals in other scales as well, so check them out and see what they have.

I do highly recommend this sheet for modelers whose interest lies with the Dutch Air Force because not many decal manufacturers make decals on this subject. The prices are in the range of every other quality decal company and there’s a lot of variety on this sheet for the price.

I would like to thank Dutch Decal and IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to review these products.

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