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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Flying Leathernecks #48002
USMC CH-53D/E Super Stallions
1:48 Scale


The CH-53 Super Stallion community has a saying – “Size Matters.”  Indeed, the Sikorsky CH-53 is the largest and heaviest helicopter flown by any branch of the US armed forces.  Nearly 100 feet long, it possesses a max gross takeoff weight of 74,000 pounds and can hit 170 knots in a dash.  The US Marine Corps’ first shipboard deployment with the CH-53E was in 1983.  Since then, this beast of a helicopter has played key roles in heavy airlift during every major modern conflict from Kuwait to Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Flying Leathernecks Decals new decal sheet covers some of this history in the Super Stallion decal sheet.  The eight CH-53 included on this decal sheet are:

The decals were designed by Flying Leathernecks Decals and printed by Microscale.  The print quality is exemplary and carrier film is precisely applied right at the very edges of each marking.  They really appear on par with Cartograf and the carrier film appears to be somewhat thinner that Cartograf’s typical work.  The markings guide is filled with technical and painting notes for each airframe.  These decals are designed to fit either the Academy or Revell kits.

Considering that the Super Stallion’s external antenna configuration has constantly shifted as the airplane was modified across multiple upgrades, the instructions (as per Flying Leathernecks Decals standard approach) provide very clear and (most importantly) verified notes on proper and accurate configurations for each aircraft and even what aftermarket products are out there to get the job done right.
This is a great decal sheet overall.  One feature, at least to me, that makes this an even more interesting offering is the inclusion of the desert camouflage-marked Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM CH-53E from HMH-466.  Not only is it an unusual and eye-catching scheme, but hidden in the paintjob was a more than a little mischief.  This is the CH-53E with the infamous “Nekkid Lady” whose silhouette was worked into the camouflage pattern on the port fuselage, while a profile of a giant rooster could be seen on the port side of the nose.  Some of the other Wolfpack Super Stallions also flew “non-standard’ markings before and during the war, with the bottom of another CH-53E adorned with a giant painted hand holding up its middle finger while another aircraft that had an image of Elvis hidden in the scheme.  No known photos of these other markings have ever surfaced, but it you know something, contact Dave Roof!

Many thanks to Dave Roof of Flying Leathernecks Decals for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://flyingleathernecksmodels.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Flying-Leathernecks-Decals-137660979588449. The sheet can be ordered straight from their website or at Sprue Brothers (http://spruebrothers.com).

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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