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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/72 Douglas TBD Devastator VT-2/VT-3 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2006 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject Douglas TBD Devastator VT-2/VT-3 Scale 1/72
Set Number 72002 Pros Markings to replicate any of the aircraft of VT-2 and VT-3
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.95

First Look

Yellow-Wings Decals has pushed out of their niche of 1/72 scale pre-war US Navy/USMC subjects. They've expanded into 1/32 and 1/72 scales and with this release, provide markings for two USN torpedo squadrons.

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This set provides provides all of the distinctive markings to replicate any of the 18 aircraft assigned to Torpedo 2 (VT-2) or Torpedo 3 (VT-3), 36 aircraft possibilities in all!

Actually, the set is designed for each of the six section leads in both squadrons. You can see in the decal image that the decal block for 2-T-4 (for example) has the white wing chevrons (you paint the cowl and fuselage bands yourself), the TBD-1 aircraft identifiers, and BuNo 0299. The US Navy identifications are located near the bottom along with spare numbers to allow for any of the non-section leads to be replicated as well.

For an explanation of section colors and markings, go here.

These decals are printed in excellent registration and clarity.

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

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