Decal review: Iliad Decals ANG Mustangs #72011
I love the new Airfix 72nd scale aircraft line. They are very nice, simple but well detailed models for an excellent price. I also have an abiding interest in Air National Guard (ANG) aircraft. I hope eventually to build one ANG aircraft from each of the 50 states plus DC and Puerto Rico.
Bob Migliardi, the man behind Iliad Decals came out a few years ago with a 48th scale sheet of ANG markings for P-51s. An embarrassing amount of begging followed, with me pleading with Bob to shrink the sheet down to 72nd scale. (God’s One True Scale.) Either Bob got tired of my pleading, or he ignored me completely but decided it made good business sense to release the sheet in 72nd scale. In any event, a 72nd scale version of the sheet follow. I got one immediately.
By shear serendipity, Airfix released a new kit of the P-51 in 72nd scale. It is a beautiful kit. While it might not be quite as nice or detailed as the Tamiya version, it is very nice and only $7.95 as compared to $25.00 for the Tamiya. Clearly the modeling gods wanted me to start my ANG collection. (On a side note, my collection actually started 25+ years ago when I built the Hasegawa F-106 in Massachusetts ANG markings. Sadly that kit didn’t survive my subsequent moves. However, again proving the modeling gods love me, Meng has just released a new kit of the F-106.)
The kit went together very well. (Look for a subsequent kit review in the near future.)
The sheet has markings for P-51s from the Indiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, South Dakota and Missouri. I decided on Indiana because of my proximity to the state of Indiana. The decals are in register and the colors are excellent. The decals are very thin. Since I was putting the decals over a silver/bare metal surface, I was concerned that the carrier film would show on the kits surface. I need not have worried, the carrier film disappeared completely with the application of the Micro Sol, Micro Set system.
Given how nice the decals are, and how easy and cheap the Airfix kit is I can see myself building more aircraft using markings from this sheet. The sheet is $12 and can be purchased directly from Iliad on their website, http://www.iliad-design.com/