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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/32 F2A-2 Buffalo Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2007 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject F2A-2 Buffalo Scale 1/32
Set Number 32011 Pros Roundels for two different aircraft types
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.95

First Look

Yellow-Wings Decals has released produced a welcome addition to their line-up - markings for the Special Hobby 1/32 F2A-2 Buffalo kit (reviewed here). The kit decals are nice out of the box, but for those who want other options, your wait is over.

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While the kit provides markings for VF-2 and VF-3, both examples are pre-war 'yellow-wing' machines. So it is with a touch of irony that Yellow-Wings Decals produces markings for two camouflaged examples as well as a yellow-wing example.

Like the kit decals, this set provides markings for a yellow-wing example from VF-2, but these markings are for the section 5 leader (green band and wing chevron) and a nice array of stenciling. In addition, this set also provides markings for an overall Non-Specular Gray machine from VF-3 in 1941 and a blue over gray example from a USN training squadron circa early 1942. The specific aircraft are:

  • F2A-2, 1418, VF-2, 2-F-13, USS Lexington
  • F2A-2, 1432, VF-3, 3-F-17, USS Saratoga, 1941
  • F2A-2, 1422, Training Sqn, 02, 1942

As usual, Yellow-Wings Decals provide essential tables of data for other aircraft in VF-2 and VF-3 including their bureau numbers and corresponding section assignments, in case you'd like to replicate a different aircraft with these decals.

Yellow-Wings Decals can be purchased directly from their website at

My sincere thanks to Yellow-Wings Decals for this review sample!