Marauding Esquire Girls B-26C
Bombshell Decals continue rolling out extremely nice decals! This release of the B-26C Marauders contains decals to build two aircraft except for one set of the National Stars, and one set of standard Curtis prop blade markings. A note explains that two of the Curtis markings would often wear off; therefore enough decals are provided for two aircraft. If you used Bombshell decals already, you will find the same quality in this bag. All the decals have a sheen and easily seen against the flat paper surface. The clear flash around each decal is minimal if you elect to trim them. Veterans of decal applications using gloss surfaces and solvents will probably not trim them. All the numbers and letters have clear film for proper spacing and decrease distortion when applied. There are no signs of color overlap which makes the decals crisp and clear. This is very obvious just looking at the nose art ladies. You can actually see blush on their faces and highlights in their hair.
This package offers two aircraft markings with a choice of different aircraft finishes. The natural metal finish aircraft was piloted by Lt. Forrest D. Harte of the 442nd BS, 320th BG and sports a nose art girl of Miss Des Moines. An airplane displaying Shark’s teeth on its nose is an eye catcher and is the second choice with an olive drab and grey paint scheme. This aircraft was piloted by Lt. Leland C. Sherman of the 444th BS, 320th BG. An addition to the Shark’s teeth is a pinup girl named Ann.
The instructions open up to a letter size sheet showing color profiles of the two aircraft indicating decal placement. The back page contains a small aircraft top view showing accurate placement of a few stencil decals, placement of the Curtis prop blade stenciling, and the Federal Standard colors on the back page. Kit recommendation is for use with the Revell/Monogram 1/48 scale B-26C kit.
Thanks to Bombshell Decals and IPMS/USA for this review sample.