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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/48 F3F Fuselage Bands and Wing Chevrons Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2008 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject F3F Fuselage Bands and Wing Chevrons Scale 1/48
Set Number 48030 Pros Markings for virtually anyone that flew the F3F-1 or F3F-2
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.95

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. The trademark of Yellow-Wing Decals can be answered by this typical question asked of a new aviation decal sheet release: "Which aircraft are covered in this set?" If the answer is "All of them!" then it is a Yellow-Wings Decals set.

This release covers the Grumman F3F and provides the markings to replicate any aircraft in each of the featured squadrons:

  • VF-3/6
  • VF-5
  • VF-6
  • VF-7
  • VMF-1
  • VMF-2

This set will still require national, service, and identification markings that are available separately. This set is designed to support the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 F3F-1 and F3F-2 kits and are a nice improvement over the manufacturer's decals. If you'd like to know more about the meaning of the color bands and chevrons in early US Navy aircraft identification, read our article here.

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

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