Newcomer to the aftermarket
decal scene is Bombshell Decals based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Owned and
operated from home by Michael Kloppenburg with the help of his wife Cheryl.
Michael has a degree in Graphic Design and is the chief designer of all of
Bombshell Decals products. Michael has a passion for modeling, and formed
Bombshell Decals. To create decals for subjects he enjoys and hopes that others
will enjoy them as well. Michael’s goals are to provide modelers with
well-researched subjects with the finest quality.
Bombshell Decals launched on
the 1st October 2009 with 3 impressive decal sheets in 1/48. All the
first three releases are B-25J Mitchell’s that served in the Mediterranean
Theater with beautiful Pin-up art on the noses. Each sheet contains markings for
two aircraft. The intended kit is Revell/Monogram.
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B-25J Mitchell Bomber Part 3 sheet, has markings for 2 aircraft of the 340th
Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Squadron, based at Alesani, Corsica.
Rebel” SN# 43-4016, on this sheet she has two options of her name. She had a
black line painted through the Rebel portion of her name; this was done to quash
the superstitions that her name attracted too much FLAK during missions.
Jackson” SN# 43-27752, Finished her career with 70 or more missions. Again
there is not much information on her, but she carries a pin-up girl pulling her
skirt to reveal her pantyhose.
included on the sheet are stencils for the props and some generic placards that
can be used on the landing gears and the engines. There is enough for both
aircraft. Also are four “Star and Bar” national insignias.
The sheets have been printed by
the world leaders in decals, technology Cartograf of Italy. The sheets have been
printed in a limited run and are probably the best I have seen. The detail and
the artwork of the pin-ups are outstanding! There is almost no decal carrier
film visible also.
The sheets are available direct
Decals at US$16.00 plus shipping and handling and he also accepts
He has few more releases planed
including sheets for P-38 Lightening, B-26 Marauder and the E-2 Hawkeye in all
I would like to congratulate and Thank, Michael on
his work on the first releases and providing me with review samples.