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1:32 5-Colour Lozenge Decal Comparison

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First Look comparison
Now that there is a range of after-market five colour 1/32 lozenge decals from different suppliers I thought it would be useful to put them side by side and see how they look.

To introduce the comparison I would like to quote from Wingnut Wings opening paragraph in their decal instructions:

"It is unlikely that there has been a single topic more controversial amongst WWI aircraft modellers than the subject of 'the correct' colours for German lozenge camouflage decals. Many different manufacturers have produced lozenge decals in the past and will continue to do so in the future, most of which have reportedly had their colours matched to existing samples of fabric, sometimes in person but frequently through intermediaries. Yet there is a great disparity in the colours presented by the various manufacturers."

There is no extent Idflieg report specifying what dyes were used so the question of colour accuracy will probably never be settled conclusively. There are however a multitude of surviving original flugzeugstoff fabric pieces which have been studied. This doesn’t provide conclusive evidence for colours either, however, because after being stored for around ninety years in a variety of conditions the fabric can become faded and the dope finish discoloured. Nevertheless it’s a key place to start.

This review covers 1/32 five colour lozenge decals from three suppliers: D.B. Decals, Wingnut Wings and Pheon Models.

About the Author

About James Fahey (Jamo_kiwi)

I started modelling Airfix kits in the late '60s, eventually building most of the range and hanging them from the ceiling of my bedroom. In my teens I did a bit of wargaming, first WWII then Ancients using 28mm white metal figures. My first foray into WWI modelling was also for wargaming and I built...


Awesome review James ! This will aid so many modellers on what is out there for 32 scale lozenge and they have the option to choose which is best suited for them !
JUL 16, 2011 - 02:58 AM
I have used the WNW numerous times now and they go on beautifully and suck down to a painted surface very well. But I still like to use Mr Mark Softer or similar to get them really tight. You may find the the slightly pebbly texture of the WNW kits may give you the fabric effect you want, but don't forget you are looking at a 1/32 aircraft and any fabric viewed from scale distances would show no sign of fabric effect IMHO. Great review James. May give the Pheon ones a try as well. I used their decals with my disaster struck SPAD VII and they went on well but did have a slight tendency to tear when pulled which WNW ones just shrug off. Just need to be a bit more careful is all.
JUL 17, 2011 - 07:52 PM
Hi James, Excellent comparison. I appreciate how you back up your results with samples.
JUL 21, 2011 - 03:58 AM
This is one very useful review James – Thank You again for posting your findings here! Mikael
JUL 21, 2011 - 06:32 AM