Early Allied Jet Instrument Dial Decals
Almost every scale aircraft modeler will eventually want to move up from just box stock builds into more advanced, more detailed models. Aircraft instrument panels are a key element in upgrading a cockpit in any scale, especially if the canopy is attached in the open position.
Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements produces a line of instrument dial decals, including its Early Allied Jets set. The 1/48 set includes decals for the instruments that can be found in US and British jet aircraft, such as the F-84, F-86, F-100, F-104, F9F, Meteor, Vampire, and Hunter. Included are airspeed indicator, artificial horizon, gyro magnetic compass, altimeter, and many more.
The decals are printed in high resolution, and feature exquisite detail. The instructions feature a numbered key to indicate which instruments are which. The decals can be used on kit panels, with setting solutions, or in scratchbuilt panels with the included acetate “glass” covers. While the decals each have individual carrier film, a punch-and-die set would be the easiest way to cut them out cleanly at the edge of the image. They are very tiny in this scale, so tweezers would be a necessity for accurate placement.
I would give these my highest recommendation. Advanced modelers will love using these on any aircraft project, and beginning or less experienced modelers would be able to use these as the next step in gaining skills in building aircraft.
I would like to express my gratitude to Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements and to IPMS for providing these review samples.