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Yellow-Wings Decals

Yellow-Wings Decals 1/72 Vought SB2U Vindicator Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2006 Manufacturer Yellow-Wings Decals
Subject Vought SB2U Vindicator Scale 1/72
Set Number 72004 Pros Markings to replicate any of the aircraft of VB-2 and VB-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 Bombing 2 (VB-2) or Bombing 3 (VB-3), 42 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-B-4 (for example) has the white wing chevrons and fuselage band (you paint the cowl yourself), the SB2U-1 aircraft identifiers, BuNo 0748, and the US Navy identifications. Spare numbers are provided to replicate any of the non-section leaders as well. The instructions contain data tables that identified each aircraft in every section, including spares, by the bureau number. In addition, propeller tip warning markings are also included.

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!