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Curtiss P-36A
1938-39 20th Pursuit Group Barksdale Field, Louisiana. Group Commander’s Aircraft

Yellow Wings Decals, 1/32 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description:

Yellow Wings Decals 32-016 - Curtiss P-36A, 1938-39 20th Pursuit Group Barksdale Field, Louisiana. Group Commander’s Aircraft

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: Decal sheet and comprehensive instructions
Price: USD$12.95 available online from Yellow Wings website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Comprehensive instructions; colour matches to Testor, Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high quality printing of decals by Microscale
Conclusion: A well produced, quality product that includes detailed information on how to paint your model as well as how to apply the decals to produce the optimum result.

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Yellow Wings Decals are available online from Squadron




Sheet 32-016 continues the new direction that Yellow Wings Decals has taken.  It breaks from their normal coverage of U.S. Navy machines and provides markings for a machine of the United States Army Air Corps.

The sheet is what Yellow Wings terms a complete package and it provides markings for a single, very colourful, Curtiss P-36A Hawk.

The depicted machine is the Group Commander’s aircraft of the 20th Pursuit Group based at Barksdale Field Louisiana.



The machine is in overall natural metal finish with a black anti-glare panel and a red, yellow and blue painted cowling.  The supplied markings include a complete set of national insignia (including the rudder markings), the red, yellow and blue painted cowling – these are provided as two separate decals - red, yellow and blue squadron command bands for the fuselage, large U.S. ARMY titles for the undersides of the wings, red, yellow and blue “ying and yang” decorations for the wheel hubs, Group shields, “plane in Squadron” numbers (1), Group titles for the vertical stabilizer and wings, and a pair of wing walks.  No stencil data is provided and a note on the placement guide advises you to use that supplied on the kit’s decal sheet.

The decals themselves have been printed by Microscale.  As with all Microscale products, they are well up to the standards of this company.  They are in perfect register, thinly printed and have an absolute minimum of carrier film surrounding each subject. 

Very complete supporting information is included with the sheet as is the norm with Yellow Wings products.   You are provided with two A-4 size pages.  One page carries a four view coloured illustration of the depicted machine to show decal placement as well as tabulated data on the P-36.  The other sheet carries detailed painting instructions which includes information on the colours worn by the three squadrons that made up the 20th Pursuit Group, advice on the available model paint matches to simulate the P-36’s natural metal finish and detailed instructions on how to apply the decals.



The recommended kit is the Special Hobby one.  Be prepared to carry out some modifications to the kit though as the machine depicted on the sheet only carried the nose cowling guns where as the kit portrays the machine with wing guns as well.

The decal sheet and placement guide sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.  A thin cardboard header card is also included to keep the decal sheet from being bent.

Another quality product from Yellow Wings Decals that will result in a very colourful model.

Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2011 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 18 August, 2011
Last updated 18 August, 2011

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