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Propeller logo decals
Propeller and Radial Engine logos in multiple scales
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by: Is a secret [ JESSIE_C ]


Originally published on:
AeroScale

introduction

Advertising and publicity is one of a company's major means of making the public aware of its existence. One of the most traditional ways to do so is to place your company's logo prominently on your products. Aviation companies are no stranger to this practise, and logos are very commonly seen on propeller blades and engines. These accessory decals are made with the goal of replacing misprinted or simply missing kit decals.

First Impressions

The propeller logos are printed in 1/32 or 1/48 (the review sample is in 1/48) and the engine logos come printed from 1/72 to 1/18 all on the same sheet. The printing is crisp and (at least for the propeller sheet) done by Italy's Cartograph.

Propeller logos

The sheet is devoted to the three most commonly used US propeller types of the Second World War: Hamilton Standard, Curtiss Electric and Aeroproducts. 24 individual logos are provided for each of Hamilton and Curtiss, while 16 Aeroproducts logos fill out the remainder of the sheet. The printing is sharp and the lettering readable. These logos will dress up your propellers nicely. They were designed with reference to actual propeller logos on actual propellers.

Famous Radial Engine Company logos

Starting shortly before, during and after the Second World War, the most commonly used radial engines in the USA were produced by a Famous Radial Engine Company which must remain nameless. Strangely enough, the Famous Radial Engine Company's Lawyers and Marketing Department have not considered the advantages of the free publicity they could reap by allowing aviation enthusiasts to advertise their product for free on replicas they insist upon building.

Out of deference to the lawyers, this review will not include a photo of the decal sheet, but confine itself to a description of the sheet (a photo of the sheet is available at Fűndekals website). In the words of Fűndekals “You get a total of 88 logos in scales including 1/72 (20 logos), 1/48 (30 logos), 1/32 (20 logos), 1/24 (10 logos), and 1/18 (8 logos).” The individual decals are nicely printed, and the gold portions of the logo are in metallic ink. The smaller logos do lose resolution due to the limitations of the printing process, but since they're on the edge of visibility anyway, what is there is enough to convey a good enough impression of the logo. The logos were designed with reference to an actual enamel logo from an engine made by the Famous Radial Engine Company in question.

These decal sheets were kindly provided by Fűndekals. These decals and many others are available for sale directly from the company's website.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
SUMMARY
Highs: Crisp printing and accurate colours
Lows: The 1/72 engine logos are on the edge of visibility, not to mention print resolution.
Verdict: These decals add an often missing element.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:1
  Suggested Retail: US$9.00
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 26, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.12%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.00%

Our Thanks to Fűndekals!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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Comments

Jessica, that's for finding this resource. So far I haven't had to look for any AM propeller markings, but it's sure comforting to know that a sheet is available, so I don't have to "borrow" them from another models decal sheet. Joel
OCT 27, 2013 - 01:38 AM
An excellent product of a long awaited subject! No more hand-painting these engine markings.
OCT 28, 2013 - 12:47 AM
Hand painting? In what scale? I have to see this have a pic?
OCT 28, 2013 - 03:40 AM
Fred, you can actually paint prop decals by hand? I'm more then super impressed. Joel
OCT 28, 2013 - 03:43 AM
   

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