Thursday, June 13

Decal Review Luftwaffe Ground Attackers Vol.1 in 48th scale from Exito Decals

Exito Decals us a new maker of markings for some of the most popular kits in 72nd and 48th scale. Gary Wickham has two new sets in his hands - and today he shows you what comes inside the Luftwaffe Ground attackers Volume I set in his review...

Decal Review Luftwaffe Ground Attackers Vol.1 
Set No# ED48004
1:48th scale 
Manufacturer: Exito Decals
Reviewed: June 2019
Available from
Exito was originally founded in 2008 as an internet hobby shop. In 2010, they expanded by launching a brick and mortar store in Cracow, Poland, and soon achieved a strong position within the domestic modelling market. Initially via an Ebay shop and more recently via an English version of their website Exito has slowly but surely expanded internationally.

Exito produces its decal sets in both 1/48th and 1/72nd scale. The decal sheets are printed by industry leader, Cartograf of Italy, which ensures top printing quality and ease of application. These are complemented by instructions that differ from the plain market standard.

 The layout of the sheet
What you get are essentially high-quality colour prints with accurate and inspiring illustrations created by Janusz Swiatlon. Each subject is presented on 200gsm heavyweight paper in A4. Large side aircraft profiles are printed on the front, and the remaining artwork, photos and all necessary information laid out on the rear side.

A look at the sheet with the light showing the thickness of the decal and an example of the carrier film
This way you not only get some cool decals for your model kit, but also attractive posters to adorn your man cave, at the same time!

The set is entitled Luftwaffe Ground Attackers vol.1 and covers three different German assault aircraft:

-Junkers Ju 87 D-3, W.Nr. 100082, coded "T6+HN" of 5./StG. 2, Achtirskaya, USSR, early summer 1942
The markings for the Stuka featuring the name 'Hundesohn' ('Son of a bitch') 

-Henschel Hs 129 B-2, W.Nr. 0140405, coded "H▲>" 
The Henschel Hs 129 did not receive enough attention from other manufacturers, and this decal set contains a bonus set of stencils for the Hs 129, which are mostly missing or are incorrectly depicted in the decals supplied with Hasegawa and Italeri kits

-Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8, coded "- >", flown by Maj. Theodor Nordmann, Kommandeur of II./SG 3, Riga-Spilve, Latvia, August 1944.

The personal Fw 190 F-8 of the famous ace, Maj. Nordmann (awarded with Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords), has never been reproduced in decal form before. 

CONCLUSION - Exito Decals "Luftwaffe Ground Attackers Vol.1" (48004)
With this new release, the team at Exito continue to build their range of excellent decals covering interesting and varied subjects. The inclusion of the high-quality artwork and reference photos continues to be a differentiator for them in the market as the drawings and artwork are as much a reason to purchase as the decals themselves.

The decals are very well researched and I appreciate the inclusion of the reference photos & information for each subject. I believe that there is little historian inside every modeller and we like to know at least a little (some a lot) about the aircraft we pour so much effort into.

Gary Wickham

Thanks to the people at Exito Decals for sending these to Gary to review. We think he has plans for these in a  forthcoming build...