PV-1 Ventura Sirens of the Sea

Published on
February 3, 2020
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Provided by: Bombshell Decals
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According to Bombshell

The mission of BombshellDecals.com is to provide top quality decals of iconic nose art for scale modelers. We are a small home-based, U.S. Army veteran owned company, located in The All American city of Fayetteville, North Carolina, just outside Fort Bragg.

The Product

My sample arrived in the standard zip-loc bag we’ve come to expect from the aftermarket decal retailers. The cover sheet artwork features beautiful nude and non-nude nose art aircraft. The decal sheet itself is a masterpiece with seven options and enough decals to do at least two aircraft. Printed by Cartograf and made in Italy the decals are perfect in every regard. The only drawback worth noting is the lack of information specific for each aircraft option. All but one aircraft are painted in the standard tri-color paint scheme, it’s painted overall medium blue.

The Build

After receiving the decals from Skipper Montgomery, I quickly rushed my PV-1 onto the work bench in order to have it completed on time. Once I had the model built and painted I gave it a gloss coat of clear lacquer. This insures me that I should not have any silvering. Silvering is a result of tiny air bubbles trapped in a porous surface created by flat paint thus making the carrier film standout. Other causes of silvering are normally from old or cheaply made decals. Once the gloss coat dried I applied the decals with no problems. After the decals had set for about 10-15 minutes I sparingly applied Walthers Solvaset and waited until they really snuggled down into the panel lines overnight. I waited 24 hours to seal them with another gloss coat. Then I did my thing with washes and weathering and finished up with a dull coat of lacquer.

The Bottom Line

I highly recommend these five star decals to anyone who isn’t worried about putting a nude on a model. My Thanks to Bombshell decals and IPMS for the opportunity to present these fine decals on my PV-1.


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