This new decal
Decals is the first in their series of decals that focuses
on the Albatros DIII and it includes
markings for 4 different 1/32 Albatros DIII in service with the Germany in 1917
during WW1. This sheet is also available in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/24.
You get a
colourful and attractive variety of aircraft in the wood and big markings from
this time period. You can pay €13
(Euros) for this decal sheet and get addition wood grain decals which
would probably be a big help finishing off the wood grain finish on the
fuselages on these aircraft. These decals are printed on 2 sheets of
decal film much like decals printed on an ALPS printer, so you will need to cut
each decal from the backing paper with the use of sharp X-acto knife. The
decals don't seem to be delicate as some of the decal from other manufactures
can be. More about using these decals can be found further down in this
included on this decal sheet are the following:
D.III Serial no 760/17, flown by Vsfw Hans Oberländer, Jasta 30, 1917
D.III Serial no 767/17, flown by Ltn Oskar Sietz, Jasta 30, 1917
D.III flown by Off. Friedrich Altemeier Jasta 24, Annelles in the summer of
D.III flown by Lt. Rudolf Hohberg, Fl. Abt.(A) 263 in 1917.
Decals also has wood grain decals to assist you in building
your WW1 fighter.
images below to see larger images
The instructions are mostly in
English and do include info about the markings and paint schemes on each particular aircraft.
You get one side profile of each aircraft with top views of 2 aircraft. The decals are nice quality and are printed on
sheets. This decal sheet will permit you to make 1 of the 4 different
aircraft featured on this decal sheet.
Here's some instructions from the
regarding using and installing their decals.
How to use "Laser Line" decals :
1- Using a new scalpel blade, cut as closely as possible around the motives chosen, exercising only a small pressure in order to cut the decal film but not the paper underneath. This can be done quite
safely, with no danger to slip away, provided you stay calm and contentrated.
2- Separate the motive and its paper background from the decal sheet, taking care not to damage the other motives.
3- Put the decal on water, with the motive on the upper side. It is not necessary to cover it with water.
4- Let the paper soak water for some 20 seconds or the time necessary according to the water used
(tepid water). With some practice, this can be determined quite accurately.
5- Remove the decal from water and delicately take it away from its paper background, preferably
6- Softly put the decal on your model after the latter's surface has been carefully prepared, put it in
the correct place and slightly press it with a soft cloth or absorbing paper.
A few useful details :
1- test your softening liquid before using it. We have tested our decals with several brands that are
available on the market but we haven't tried every one of them. In theory, it is not necessary to varnish
decals before they are used.
2- It is possible for you to enhance the sticking power of a decal using a specific product (e.g. Blue
Microscale). It is also possible for you to dilute white glue into water and to put a drop of it under the decal or on the plastic part before the decal is set on your model.
This is a fine decal sheet and
I must admit I have a romantic love of the fragile bi-planes and tri-planes of
the First World War with their colourful paint schemes and wood grains, so this
decal sheet is a treat to my eyes.
I would like
to thank Spada
providing me with this review sample.