New Product Announcements, week ending January 27th 2018 – 8A Decs are Coming Soon!

My first order from 8A Decs is on its way from Mexico, and expected here in about a week.  While 8A certainly specializes in Mexican airliners, they also produce a fairly wide range of decals for some of the more exotic airlines and schemes.

To find them, search “8A144” for 1/144 scale, 8A72 for 1/72 scale, 8A200 for 1/200, 8A48 for 1/48 scales.  You can also find them by clicking “Decals” on the top menu, then “Manufacturer”, then “8A Decs”.  I added over 450 of their decals to the web site last night, so quickest way to look through them is to select “100 per page”, and scroll through.  I have images up for 3 (!!) so far, I’ll add the rest as quickly as I can format and upload them.  My first shipment contains about 60 of their more recent releases, so I will concentrate on adding those first.  If what you want is not in stock, I’ll be placing new orders every Saturday (as I do with DRAW, VFD and TwoSix), and will get them here as quickly as I can.  To wet your appetite, here are a few:

  • 8A144-333 All Nippon Airways Boeing 787-8 “First Delivery”
  • 8A144-346 Air Seychelles Airbus A.320
  • 8A144-411 Malaysia Airways Boeing 7377-800 “Negaraku”


TwoSix released a new laser printed decal this week:

  • TS44-871 Malaysia Airlines Airbus A.350-900


Finally, a shipment arrived from BOA Agency Decals – their newest Embraer 195 releases announced some weeks ago are here, along with some restocks and reprints.

Finally, we have a price for the Zvezda Boeing 737-8 MAX kit announced last week.  It is on the website – click ZVE-7026 – to place your order.   Our first batch is expected late March 2018, and pre-release orders will be shipped out as quickly as possible upon its arrival.


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January 21st 2018 – Postage Rate Increase

As I alluded to in the previous post, the US Postal Service has implemented a rate increase of approximately 3.9% effective January 21st 2018.  In many cases, the “first ounce” rate went up, the “each additional” did not, so the effective rate is much less than advertised.

For our U.S. customers:

The cost to mail a single decal (a 5 ounce “Flat”) by “First Class Mail Large Flat” has gone from $1.82 to $1.84.  Each additional ounce (typically 2 decals) remains an additional $0.21 per ounce.  The USPS “rule” for what qualifies as a “Flat” centers around package “flexibility”.  I am finding that 7 decals (8 ounces) is about the limit, anything more than this becomes too inflexible, and must be mailed as a “First Class Package”.  Over 1 pound, the best “decals only” option is “Priority Post Flat Rate Envelope”, which comes with tracking and “Signature Delivery” at $9.10 and up.

We recommend “Priority Post” wherever possible for mailing kits within the U.S., except where the size of the box required exceeds a cubic foot.  Then we find UPS Ground to be a cheaper alternative.  For Priority Post (and for that matter UPS Ground), rates depend on the distance the package has to travel.   Rates go up in 1 pound increments, so often an order for a kit can add quite a lot of decals for no additional postage.   Again, the rate increase appears to be modest.

For our International customers: 

The rates for First Class International Packages went up only slightly (e.g. about 20 cents for a 1 pound shipment).  This service must be used for all orders containing bulky items such as kits, diecast models or resin parts, and for larger and less flexible (8 or more) decals.

The nasty surprise is that the USPS has announced that the “First Class International Flat” rate, which we have been using to ship smaller “Decals Only” orders, can no longer contain “Merchandise”, in accordance with International Postal Union regulations.  This service can only contain documents (and sorry, decals are not documents).   Now, ALL decal orders should be mailed this way.

Good News, however, is that our online label service has a way around this otherwise significant increase.  Customers placing smaller (7 or less) decal orders will now see a new label format, whereby the package first goes to a “Postal Processing Facility” in Torrance California, from where it is then sent to its destination.  Yes, there are TWO addresses on the label (well, actually three if you include my return address).  Yours, and the “Postal Processing Facility”.  Price for this is about mid way between the old “First Class Mail International Flat” and current “First Class Mail International Package” rates.  The last problem is that this is not an official USPS rate, so when my site goes to the USPS to get your postage option, this “special” rate will not appear.  So, you should select the available “First Class Mail International” rate, and I will adjust it (if I can, based on what you order), and refund excess payment.  Note that Customs information is not displayed on this new label, but is sent electronically to your country’s customs service.

One last comment for International customers:  The First Class Mail International Package rates go up in one ounce increments 1 – 8 ounces.  Then anything 8.001 to 32 ounces (1/2lb to 2lb) is the same price.  So, if you find a rate quoted around $22.60, you can probably add more decals (and possibly a LOT more) for the same shipping cost.  The next rate applies to 32.001 to 48 ounces ( 2lbs – 3 lbs), then 48.001 to 64 ounces.  Above 64 ounces ( 4 lbs) “Priority Post International” must be used.

I look forward to continuing to serve your airliner modelling needs for many years !

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New Product Announcements, week ending January 20th 2018

Lots of news this week….

First up, Zvezda has announced a Boeing 737-8 MAX kit in 1/144 scale, which according to the new U.S. distributor should be available March 2018.  The image being circulated shows a Boeing “house” scheme.  It is kit ZVE-7026, and is available now for pre-order.

Boxart Boeing 737-8 MAX 7026 Zvezda

TwoSix has a number of new decals “at the printer” in their STS series.  Available soon are:

  • STS44-282 British European Airlines Dh.106 Comet 4B (“red square” cs)
  • STS44-299 Royal Aircraft Establishment Vickers VC-10
  • STS44-300 Court Line (yellow cs) BAC 1-11-500
  • STS44-301 Court Line (pink cs) BAC 1-11-500
  • STS44-302 Court Line (turquoise cs) BAC 1-11-500
  • STS44-303 Court Line (lilac cs) BAC 1-11-500
  • STS44-306 Dan Air London Dh.106 Comet 4B and 4C


Next, we received our first shipments of some new kit releases this week.  Now in stock are the Minicraft “bagged kit” McDD MD-80, and the FRsin 1/144 scale DHC-6 Twin Otter,  BN2A Islander and Trislander, and the Swearingen Sa.226 Metro II kits.  All pre-orders have been mailed.

Finally, the US Postal Service has announced an across the board price increase effective Sunday January 21st that they say is 3.9%.   Both domestic and international, First Class and Priority and Express rates are going up.  I will have further news on this in a separate post later this week.

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New Product Announcements, week ending January 13th 2018

A number of announcements this week…..  makes up for having non last weekend.

First, with thanks to DRAW Decal, I have obtained a supply of 1/144 scale Minicraft MD-80 “bagged kits”.  This kit is arguably one of the best jet kits that Minicraft has released to date.  And at $12 each, they are a bargain!  A set of assembly instructions are included, but no decal.   I am, however, offering the kit with your choice of a DRAW, Liveries Unlimited / AHS, Flying Colors or TwoSix decal as a “package deal”.

I have the kits listed on my site under two product numbers –  DW44-MD80-A which is the number DRAW is using, and M14452B which is what is printed on the packaging.


Next, the package deals:

  • M14452B-SAS1 MD80 “Bagged Kit” with SAS Decal (A4-212) – $21
  • M14452B-SAS2 MD80 “Bagged Kit” with SAS ‘Airplanes’ Decal (A4-207) – $21
  • M14452B-DW44-DC9-xxx “Bagged Kit” with any one DRAW 1/144 Scale MD80 Decal – $20
  • M14452B-TS44-(MD80) “Bagged Kit” with any one TwoSix TS44 series 1/144 Scale MD80 Decal – $23
  • M14452B-FC44-037 “Bagged Kit” with any one Flying Colors 1/144 Scale MD80 Midwest Express MD80 Decal – $20

DRAW also released a new airliner decal this week.  The Republic DC-9-14/15 decal has been modified and re-released as a DC-9-15RC, which features a main deck cargo door, as sheet DW44-DC9-047A in 1/144 scale, DW20-DC9-047A in 1/200, DW12-DC9-047A in 1/120, and DW72-DC9-047A in 1/72 scale.


Next up, I have a shipment en route from FRsin containing their latest 1/144 scale resin model releases of the DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, Swearingen Sa.226 Metro II, BN.2A Islander and BN2A-III Trislander.

  • FR14105 Swearingen Sa.226 Metro II, TAT
  • FR14107 Swearingen Sa.226 Metro II, CAL
  • FR14114 Britten Norman BN.2A Mk III Trislander – Aurigny Air Services
  • FR14115 Britten Norman BN.2A Islander, Sabena
  • FR14117 Britten Norman BN.2A Islander, Air Seychelles
  • FR14118 Britten Norman BN.2A Islander, Olympic Airlines
  • FR14119 De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300, TAT
  • FR14120 De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300, British Airways
  • FR14121 De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300, Air Alpes
  • FR14122 De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300, Air Seychelles


All of the above have been added to the web site, and are available to order.


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New Product Announcements, week ending December 30th 2017

New releases this week from LPS Decals and DRAW Decal.

LPS released 5 new sheets in 1/144 scale in their civil and military series.

DRAW Decal released a new sheet for the Lufthansa ‘5 Starhansa’ Boeing 747-8I in 1/144 and 1/200 scales:

DW44-747-050A  DW20-747-050A Lufthansa ‘5 Starhansa’ Boeing 747-8I


Finally, DRAW added new decals for the P.51 Mustang.  DWxx-P51-076 is for a P.51D Mustang ‘Stump Jumper’ in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scales.


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New Product Announcements, week ending December 23rd 2017

This week DRAW Decals announced the release of a one new airliner decal:


This week did see the arrival of our FRsin order for their new Fokker F.28-1000 and F.28-4000 kits.  I also received my first shipment of the new BraZ resin RB.211 engines and ‘S-ducts’ for the 1/144 scale L.1011 Tristar kits.  The duct really improves the appearance of the center engine intake, and does indeed come with a fan disk for the #2 engine.

As this will be our last post before Christmas, we would like to extend Best Wishes to all and your families for a safe and Merry Christmas !


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BraZ Resin Releases

Much to my chagrin, I just realized I failed to properly announce the latest resin parts from BraZ.  All were released mid November at the IPMS ModelWorld hobby show in Telford, UK.

First, BraZ has released engines, wheels and an “S” duct (for the center engine intake) in 1/144 scale for the various L.1011 Tristar kits.  All should be usable on the Airfix, Revell, Otaki, Welsh, and Eastern Express kits.  Finally we have engines that are not the early RB.211s!

  • BZ4101 RB.211-22B Engines (2 1/2), L.1011 Tristar
  • BZ4102 RB.211-22C Engines (2 1/2), L.1011 Tristar
  • BZ4103 RB.211-524B Engines (2 1/2), L.1011 Tristar
  • BZ4104 L.1011 Tristar Center Engine “S” Duct (with fan)
  • BZ4105 Wheel Set, L.1011 Tristar

Next, BraZ has released updated winglets for the Embraer 170/175 in 1/144 scale for the Hasegawa kit, and in 1/100 scale for the Tamiya kit:

  • BZ4112 Winglets for Embraer 170/175
  • BZ1001 Winglets for Embraer 170/175


Finally, BraZ released a series of 1/144 scale Wi-Fi antennae.

  • BZ4106 SatCom CNA-2102 Antenna
  • BZ4107 Wi-Fi Antenna, any aircraft
  • BZ4108 Wifi Antenna, Airbus Narrowbodies
  • BZ4109 Wi-Fi Antenna, Boeing 737
  • BZ4110 Wi-Fi Antenna, Embraer 170/175/190/195 (Type 1)
  • BZ4111 Wi-Fi Antenna, Embraer 170/175/190/195 (Type 2)


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New Product Announcements, week ending December 16th 2017

This week I have new decal announcements from DRAW Decal, TwoSix, and BOA Agency.

First, DRAW Decal announced a decal for the “5 Starhansa” Airbus A.320.  This is for one of two aircraft (the other a 747-8I) that wear the “5 Starhansa” titles to commemorate Lufthansa receiving the 5 star rating from Skytrax.  It has been released in 1/144 and 1/200 scales.


Next, TwoSix has re-released the First Choice Airbus A.321 decal in 1/144 scale.  This is a reprint of the sold out sheet issued some years ago.


Finally, BOA Agency has released two more decals for the Revell Embraer 190 kit, for Helvetic Airways and Alitalia.  They also re-released the sold out Interflug Tupolev Tu.154M decal (BOA144-029).

DRAW Decal released another P.51D Mustang set, DWxx-P51-075 “Tall in the Saddle”, in 1/144, 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scales.

Finally, and a bit of a surprise, Zvezda teamed up with the Russian Postal Service to release a Tupolev 204C, in the Russioan PO markings.  It is, unfortunately, only available at your local Russian Post Office.  It is anticipated that the kit will be re-released with a passenger fuselage in 2018,




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New Product Announcements, week ending December 9th 2017

A relatively quiet week again….  two new decal releases from DRAW Decal, and the start of adding some kits I obtained in trade to the site.

DRAW released a sheet for the Japan Air Lines Boeing 787-9 in 1/200 and 1/144:


In addition, DRAW released another P.51D Mustang in the “Air Racers” series, sheet DWxx-P51-074 “Risky Business”, in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scales.

Next, the collection:  The first two models added are a pair of Welsh Models stretched DC-8’s

  • WSL-103 Douglas DC-8-71, United Airlines, CFM56 engines.   (2 available)
  • WSL-107 Douglas DC-8-63, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, PW JT3D engines (4 available)


I recently obtained a pair of Aurora Plastics models, dating back to the mid 60’s when I helped a widow clear her husband’s kit collection.  Both kits a re very well preserved, boxes are in excellent condition, though the decals have yellowed with age.  There’s only one of each.  They are:


See you next weekend!

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New Product Announcements, week ending December 2nd 2017

A quieter week……

DRAW Decal released a new decal for the Air France Boeing 787-9 as sheets DW44-787-018 in 1/144 scale and DW20-787-018 in 1/200 scale.


TwoSix re-released two of their Vickers Super VC-10 decals.  These are reprints of two previously released in their STS “Screen Printed” series.

  • STS44-228 British Airways Standard or Super VC-10
  • STS44-276 BOAC and BOAC Cunard  “Speedbird” Super VC-10

As Always, click on the item number to link into our online store if you wish to order one of these items.



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