MYK Decals A48055: Ki-43-II Insignia and caution markings(late)
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
When I looked to buy the previously reviewed MYK 1/48 Ki-43 sheet, I quickly noticed that there were no insignia or data markings. So I ordered their sheet that covers these missing items. The sheet provides enough insignia, yellow ID band, and data markings to do one aircraft. It also appears there are sections that you can use if you make an error to help patch things up.
This sheet is also fairly small (145mm x 95mm) and while it would have been nice to have had two sets included, it is what it is. Interestingly, there is no placement information. Apparently one used the kit instructions for this. That being the case, I found it equally puzzling why the back of the header card has these items numbered. provides only the unique markings for these planes with the insignia and other markings having to come from the kit or another sheet.
As I mentioned before, these decals are different from standard waterslide or dry transfer. You cut out the marking not getting too close to the inked part. Dip it in water, place it on the model, pat it down and remove the covering sheet. Let it dry for a day then place a piece of tape over it to remove the decal carrier film. The inked part of the marking will stay in place. At least that is the plan.
This is a fairly unique way of placing decals and while not the same, is quite similar to some decals I used from Maintrack Models 20 or so years ago. The actual instructions on their use is in Japanese on the set, but MYK has it in English (sort of) on their web site.
I am looking forward to using these. There is no kit recommended, but most of us will use the 1/48 Hasegawa or Fine Molds offering for this sheet.
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