The hobby has been seeing a lot of new innovations in regards to marking our models. Whether they are decals, dry transfers, or the latest and greatest, stencils, there are a variety of ways to apply markings to our models. The newest item I have found is from Lion Roar. Metal stencils that allow the builder to apply the markings by spraying them on, thereby achieving a very realistic appearance. No worries about silvering decal film, or tearing a dry transfer. If the paint job is botched, itís a simple matter of re-applying a quick shot of paint, letting it dry and re-trying for the preferred result.
I purchased my stencil sets at Compleat Games and Hobbies here in Colorado Springs, but Iím sure they can be found thru online stores and other hobbies shops. I bought two sets, LAM004 Marks for US Military Vehicle and LAM049 Marks for US Military II, at $14 a piece. Both feature thin photo-etch metal cut-outs of circles, stars, US Army, USMC, USA, multiples of numbers 1-0 and letters ďA-ZĒ.
The MAL049 set had larger circles and stars on it. Both sets have the triangle commonly seen on armored vehicles unit markings. I used mine for painting some Japanese markings (meatball) on an N1K1 George I had built. Using them is simple; Just remove from the photo etch fret, add some masking tape around the edges, position on the model, and then paint. Itís that simple and the results are great, but be careful when handling them as they can easily be bent out of shape. I recently purchased a similar set for German armor, look for a review on that shortly. Thanks to my understanding wife for the purchase!
Highs: Ease of use. Can be used more than once.Lows: Easy to bend out of shape.Verdict: A nice and easy way of marking your models. Allows for personlization.