have re-released their popular set of 1:72 decals for the Lockheed TV-2 (the US Navyís designation for the T-33). The sheet was first reviewed by Jessie_C HERE
back in 2014 and the current reprint appears unchanged.
Markings are included for 5 aircraft:
1. TV-2 s/n 138977, NAS Glenview
2. TV-2 drone controller s/n 131885, GMGRU-1, 1959
3. TV-2 s/n 131777, Marine Air Squadron 32
4. TV-2 s/n 137952, Naval Air Training Unit, NAS Glynco, Georgia
5. TV-2 s/n 141532, US Marines, MCAS El Toro, 1961
Once again the decals look superb quality, with correctly muted Insignia Red and Blue (unlike the vivid interpretation on many kit decal sheets). The glossy items are beautifully thin, and the registration is pin sharp on the sample sheet. Excess carrier film is kept to a minimum, trimmed tightly around national insignia and extended to keep grouped elements together.
National insignia and individual markings are provided for all 5 colour schemes, but youíll need to do a bit of careful rationing with the stencil markings, so itís a shame there wasnít a tad more room to squeeze in more.
Accompanying the decals is a full-colour sheet of instructions, with shaded profiles and simpler plan views. Jessie commented that the way Iliad Design
show ďghostĒ markings for whatís on the underside could be confusing for beginners and I see what she means - it does the job, but itís not as instantly clear as separate top/bottom views.
The colour schemes themselves offer a great variety of finishes, from n/m through Gray to hi-vis Red Orange/White and the spectacular multi-coloured drone controller.
The Shooting Star is a perennial modelling favourite and itís great to see this set of markings make a very welcome return. Itís certainly tempted to take a fresh look at Platzís really neat T-33
which always cried out for fresh markings to appeal to a wider market worldwide. If youíre looking to build a US T-Bird with an extra twist of the unusual, this could be just the set of decals for you.
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