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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/32 P-39D Airacobra Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2011 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject P-39D Airacobra Scale 1/32
Set Number 32031 Pros Markings for unique color scheme
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.95

First Look

Yellow-Wing Decals continues to amaze me with their well-researched line of decals. As those of you who've seen previous offerings, the premise of this decal maker was to present decal subjects for primarily US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft prior to World War II, back when they all wore yellow wings.

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As Wayne Tevlin, the owner and researcher will tell you, there are plenty of interesting pre-war subjects out there, but as he goes through the archives, he happens across subjects like this one that are hard to pass up. This set covers a pre-war P-39D that was used to umpire the 1941 Carolina Maneuvers (war games). The aircraft is clearly marked and carries the 'UMP' (umpire) markings all around the aircraft.

The aircraft in this set:

  • P-39D, unknown, 31P4, 31 PG, Command Aircraft, Umpire at 1941 War Games

This set is printed by Microscale and none of the decals require multiple layers (one atop another) to replicate any given marking and each of the decals is in perfect register. It makes you wonder about those other decal companies that do multiple layered decals and blame Microscale...

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

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