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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/48 OS2U Kingfisher Fuselage Bands & Wing Chevrons Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2008 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject OS2U Kingfisher Fuselage Bands & Wing Chevrons Scale 1/48
Set Number 48035 Pros Markings for four squadrons deployed aboard 12 battleships
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 pre-war Kingfisher and the following subjects are covered here:

  • VO-1 aboard USS Nevada BB 36 1940-41
  • VO-1 aboard USS Pennsylvania BB 38 1940-41
  • VO-1 aboard USS Arizona BB 39 1940-41
  • VO-2 aboard USS Oklahoma BB 37 1940-41
  • VO-2 aboard USS Tennessee BB 43 1940-41
  • VO-2 aboard USS California BB 44 1940-41
  • VO-3 aboard USS New Mexico BB 40 1940-41
  • VO-3 aboard USS Mississippi BB 41 1940-41
  • VO-3 aboard USS Idaho BB 42 1940-41
  • VO-4 aboard USS Colorado BB 45 1940-41
  • VO-4 aboard USS Maryland BB 46 1940-41
  • VO-4 aboard USS West Virginia BB 48 1940-41

This set will still require national, service, and identification markings that are available separately. This set is designed to support the Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher kit and will give you the markings to render up to three nice pre-war yellow-wing Kingfishers.

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

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