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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/48 F11C-2/BFC-2 USS Saratoga Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject F11C-2/BFC-2 USS Saratoga Scale 1/48
Set Number 48058 Pros Markings for four examples
Cons Nothing noted 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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Here is a set covering the last naval Curtiss fighter, the F11C and its bombing twin, the BFC, both as they appeared in various squadrons about USS Saratoga in the late 1930s.

The aircraft in this set:

  • BFC-2, 9277, VB-3, 3-B-13, USS Saratoga, 1937
  • BFC-2, 9267, VB-6, 6-B-10, USS Saratoga, 1938
  • F11C-2, 9282, VF-1B, 1-F-16, USS Saratoga, 1933
  • BFC-2, 9339, VB-2B, 2-B-1, USS Saratoga, 1937

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!