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PYN-up Decals are renowned for the accuracy of research and fineness of artwork–especially the photo-realistic nose art decals–in each set. They have frequently been mentioned by reviewers as the finest nose art decal sets ever made available to the modeling community. One reviewer said they have sometimes been copied but never equaled.

I produced these decals in very small quantities and the ones listed on this page are all the ones for which I still have at least a few sets left. In several cases I’m down to the last six or fewer remaining.

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PYN-up Decals Thunderbolts #2. This set has gone on eBay for over $200! P-47D-28-RA, "Dottie Mae," 405 FG/511 FS, Lt. L. A. Kuhl, Straubing, Germany, Spring 1945. This was probably the last P-47 lost in combat during the European war. This aircraft was recently recovered from a lake in Austria and is being restored to flying condition-a real combat veteran! The second plane is P-47D-28-RA, "Shack Rat," 42-28627, UN*M, 56 FG/63 FS, Boxted, England, 1944. This large two-decal-sheet set contains all markings, including full stenciling, AND the normal gorgeous PYN-up Decals nose art decals that make PYN-up Decals the Fine Art of Decals(tm)!

$37.97

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PYN-up Decals Girls on Ponies. P-51D-5-NA, 20 FG, 55 FS, flying girl artwork, Lt. Moon Mullins; P-51D-20-NA, 4th FG, 334 FS, Sweet Arlene, Lt. Arthur R. Bowers, February 22, 1945. The cool thing about these two nose art subjects is that the specialized PYN-up printing technology results in an eye-catching look for your model.

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PYN-up Decals P-38J Dick Bong Medal of Honor & America’s Top Ace. P-38J-15-LO, 42-103993, Marge, 993, Capt. Richard I. Bong, 5th Fighter Command, Cape Gloucester, March 1944. This set includes both the "colorized" b/w photo and a grayscale version of the same photo (the plane flew with a hand-tinted ("colorized") photo of Marge, as confirmed by the A-2 artist who personally hand-tinted the photos and glued them on Bong’s plane!

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PYN-up Decals Stunning ‘Stangs P-51s #2. This set features two Yoxford Boys P-51Ds and our remarkable PYN-up nose art decals. First is the very famous P-51D-5-NA, 44-13691, "Passion Wagon," G4*A, 362 FS/357 FG, 1944. We’ve included TWO VARIATIONS in the markings to correctly portray the ship when it was flown first by Lt. Arval Roberson and also when it was flown later by Capt Clarence Weaver. Interesting note on the nose art: we had a couple of pretty good photos to work from, but both were taken at fairly acute angles so we had to extrapolate the exact shape of the artwork. Long after the decal was produced, I came across an excellent photo showing the nose art from a near 90 degree angle (boy, I woulda killed for that pic while we were working on our artwork because it would have saved many, many hours of hard work). The best news is that we got the shape right; I’ll publish the photo in an upcoming book so you can see what I mean. The second Mustang is less well known, but carried extremely large (for a P-51) and well-done nose art. This ship is P-51D-10-NA, "Temptation," 357 FG/362 FS, Lt Matthew Martin, Leiston, England, Late 1944. NOTE THIS DECAL SET CONTAINS NOSE BANDS FOR BOTH THE DRAGON P-51D AND THE HASEGAWA P-51D!!!! The noses of these two kits are quite different and decal nose bands designed for one kit will not fit the other kit.

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PYN-up Decals F4U Babes-4-U Part 1. F4U-1, "Marine’s Dream," Modex 576, VMF-222, BuNo 02576, 1st Lt. Edwin Olander, Munda, October, 1943. Although not widely recognized, clear photos of "Marine’s Dream" show the nose art was shaded and not "flat!" Olander was part of VMF-222, although this plane has been often incorrectly identified in print as being assigned to VMF-214. This is confirmed by information cards for the official Marine Corps photos (see below). This aircraft flipped over during an emergency landing at the unfinished Torokina airstrip on Bougainville on 13 December 1944. That the plane has been so well recorded in photos is due to the fact that the Marine Corps took a series of photos of its recovery that are now in the US National Archives collection. The first in this series shows the plane on its back in a large mud puddle. Subsequent photos in the series show the large truck-mounted crane pulling the aircraft back right side up. It’s unrecorded whether this plane ever flew again, but if so would have required a new fin and rudder and left outer wing, both of which were well bent in the flip over. One source notes this plane was scrapped in February 1944. This plane was painted in the early two-tone scheme of M-485 Blue Gray (non-specular) over M-495 Light Gray (non-specular). However, the scheme was extremely weathered, with a very large amount of overspraying and touch-up with fresh colors. Given the time period this plane was in combat service, it is highly likely that stocks of the Blue Gray paint were exhausted and at least some of the touch-up was in ANA 607 Non-Specular Sea Blue and/or ANA 608 Intermediate Blue. Touch-up was especially heavy on the upper inboard wings, which were almost completely covered with darker, fresher paint than the original faded camouflage. The original modex number on the fuselage was painted out with darker paint. It’s possible that ANA 608 Intermediate Blue was used, given the time period the aircraft was in service. In addition, extremely heavy, light colored exhaust staining ran from the engine exhausts back over the sides of the fuselage to well aft of the wing trailing edge. This was one beat-up bird, even before the accident! The national insignia, at the time of the landing accident, were the original large star-only cocarde with white horizontal bars added. Both the fuselage and wing insignia can easily be seen in the crash photos. At this time there was no outline to the white bars. The upper right wing star has been overpainted, leaving only an upper left wing star cocarde with plain white bars added. Note that a F4U-1D warbird is currently flying in these markings. The warbird’s markings are considerably different than the photos show for the original aircraft, and for some reason the team flying the warbird claim it was Marine ace Ken Walsh’s Corsair. While it is possible that Walsh may have flown this aircraft, it was certainly not his "regular" aircraft, which carried his Japanese flag kill markings. The currently-flying warbird has red-bordered insignia, but no photographic evidence of this on the original has been found and it’s extremely unlikely. The second subject is F4U-1A featuring kneeling Texas cowgirl artwork based on Vargas. The Modex was 8, and it was assigned to VMF-422, BuNo 17965, 1st Lt. Stout, Engibi Island, May 18, 1944.

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PYN-up Decals Curtiss Cuties #2. P-40E-1-CU, RAAF/Australia/United Kingdom/US flags on left nose, 77 Sq, RAAF, S/L Dick Cresswell, Goodenough Island, New Guinea, Late 1942. Watch my video for full details on how this bird was marked. The second subject is the well-known and extremely interesting P-40N-5-CU, 49th FG/7th FS, “Empty Saddle”/”Keystone Kathlene,” #20, Maj Arland Stanton, Squadron Commander, Gusap, New Guinea, early 1944. An exceptionally strange aspect of this ship was the national insignia, which was based on a star “cocarde” as used by the USAAF from August 1942 to June 1943 (a simple blue disk where the white star tips touch the outside edge of the blue circle. White bars WITHOUT blue outlines were added to this marking on the wings and fuselage. As noted, the simple star “cocarde” was last officially used in June 1943, well before this ship was photographed in early 1944. The great nose art, along with the white tail surfaces and oddball national insignia make this a noteworthy subject!

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PYN-up Decals Greased Lightnin’. P-38H-5-LO, Skylark IV, Maj Mark Shipman , 42-67060, CG*S, 55 FG/38 FS; F-5C-1-LO (P-38J), Dot-Dash, Lt E. A.Thies, Col Paul Cullen, Lt Claude Murray, 42-67128, 7 PG/22 PS.

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PYN-up Decals F-86 Sassy Sabres Part 1. Two enormously famous MiG-killing Sabres from the Korean War grace this set. Often misidentified as "flat" artwork, Col Walker Bud Mahurin’s F-86E-10-NA "Honest John" actually had shaded art that’s well represented here. The decals you get with this set trace the evolution of markings on this jet, also named "Stud," during the time Mahurin, then commander of the 4th FIG, flew it and carried his Korean War kill markings, and afterwards when it other pilots flew it once Mahurin was shot down in another jet. By that point Mahurin’s kill markings were removed and 336th FIS "Rocketeer" squadron markings applied to both sides. Note the thin white outline around the Honest John figure, which for some reason is missed by nearly all profile artists and decal companies. The second treasure in this set is usually known as the "Marilyn Monroe Sabre," since a beautiful representation of the Marilyn Monroe Playboy Magazine nude centerfold was painted on the left nose of this F-86E-5-NA. Flown by Col Ben Preston, Commander of the 4th FIS, the jet was actually named "Temptation," and flew from Kimpo (K-14), Korea. We’ve included the three kill stars Larry Davis, the world-famous Sabre expert, believes were painted under the canopy. This jet was eventually crashlanded. The wings were removed and she was shipped to Japan for rebuild. We can presume the Marilyn figure was also removed in Japan!

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #2. B-24H-15-FO, Leo, 493 BG, Bill Hilfinger pilot, Philip Brinkman (artist); F-7A (B-24J-1-CO), Hangover Haven II, 20 Combat Mapping Sq, natural metal scheme, John Noble.

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PYN-up P-47 Thundering Bolts. P-47D-28-RA, Dottie Mae, 511 FS/405 FG, Lt. Henry Mohr, Straubing, Germany, Spring 1945; P-47D-4-RA, No. 71, sitting female figure, 49 FG/9 FS, Lt James W. Harris, Gusap, New Guinea, Late 1943 – Early 1944. These two aircraft are not only colorful and interesting; they have both recently been recovered from the wilderness and are right now being remanufactured to flying status!.

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PYN-up Decals Beautiful B-29s. B-29-40-BW, 42-24592, Dauntless Dotty, A Square 1, Robert Morgan (former pilot of Memphis Belle), 869 BS/497 BG, Early 1945, Saipan, Marianas Islands; B-29-50-BW, 42-24863, Lucky Lady, E Triangle 12, Harold Davis, 398 BS/504 BG, North Field, Tinian, March, 1945. Both planes include the similar but actually different artwork on BOTH sides of the nose!

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Fork Tailed Beauties Part 1. A beautiful PYN-up Decals set with stunning near-photographic quality nose art. P-38H-5-LO, 42-66825, "Thoughts of Midnite," White 120, Capt. Robert L. Herman, 431 FS/475 FG, New Guinea, 1943; P-38J-5-LO, 42-68004, "Moonlight Cock-Tail!," H5*K, Clark R. "Doc" Livingston, 392 FS/367 FG, on the European Continent, late Summer, 1944.

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PYN-up Decals P-51 Pretty Fillies Part 2. This set has gone on eBay for over $250! Here you get two of the most famous Mustangs ever. First is Arval Roberson’s P-51D-5-NA, 44-13691, Passion Wagon, coded G4*A. In fact, you get TWO variations, Roberson’s original and the changed markings when Capt Clarence Weaver took her over after Roberson completed his combat tour. They both flew with the 362 FS/357 FG in late 1944. The second bird was made famous by the publishing of a very pretty color photo of the nose art in numerous publications during the 1980s and 1990. It is Lt Arthur Bower’s P-51D-20-NA, 44-63223, Sweet Arlene, coded QP*S. He flew as part of the 334 FS/4 FG, February, 1945, Debden, England. We even give you a BlackMagic™ precut painting mask for the red nose. Reviewers have acknowledged this is the most accurate decal, by far, ever created for Passion Wagon and Sweet Arlene.

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Beautiful Jugs P-47s #2 PYN-up Decals. This set includes two Jugs with striking nose art, rendered in our inimitable PYN-up process. First is the oft-photographed P-47D-28-RA, 42-28641, "Sleepy Jean 3rd," A7*W, 395 FS/368 FG, France, early 1945. The second ship is the unnamed P-47D-15-RE from Zemke’s Wolfpack, 42-75859, UN*C, flown by Lt Charles Clamp, Jr., 63 FS/56 FG, Boxted, England, April 1944. A nicely rendered nude was painted on the left side nose of this plane.

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PYN-up Decals Spitfire Beauties. This set has sold on eBay for well over $450! The coolest Spits ever: Spitfire Vb, EN921, kneeling nude artwork, YOA, F/O Jack Sheppard, 401 Squadron, RCAF, Biggin Hill, July-October, 1943; Spitfire IXc, MK210, Tolly/Hello (HUGE reclining nude artwork), Lt Col Gustav Lundquist, USAAF, Flight Test Section, Wright Field, late Spring 1944, Bluie West 8, Greenland, & Boscombe Down, England (BTW, when this Spit was returned to the Brits after American testing and long-range modifications, their main comment was "waste of a good Spitfire!."

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PYN-up B-17 Fortress Chicks #1. PYN-up B-17F-115-BO, 42-30715, Cincinnati Queen, CC*Y, 569 BS/390 BG, Framlingham, England, early 1944; B-17G-20-BO, 42-31585, Mount N’ Ride, OR*B, Lt Doyle E. "Brad" Bradford, 323 BS/91 BG, February 1945, Bassingbourn, England.

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Fortress Chicks Part 2. Another beautiful PYN-up Decals set with stunning near-photographic quality nose art. B-17G-50-DL, 44-6483, "Ruby’s Raiders," aircraft letter G, Frank Blackwell/Harold C. Prang, 550 BS/385 BG, Great Ashford, England, Spring 1945. This was a brand-new B-17G that painted especially for the ceremony honoring Cpl. Ruby Newell of the 3rd Bomb Division staff, who had been voted as the most beautiful WAC (Woman’s Army Corps) in the ETO by a Stars & Stripes readers poll. Gorgeous artwork on a shiny new plane!

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PYN-up Decals B-17 Fortress Chicks Part 3. Two extremely famous and popular Forts grace this set. First is B-17F-25-DL, 42-3082, Double Trouble, Lt William Winnesheik, 333 BS/94 BG, Rougham, England, October 1943. This ship was assigned to the unit from 10 June 1943 to 4 October 1943, when it crash landed at Margate, England, after a combat mission to St. Dizier, France. She was salvaged after the crash and in spite of the amazing nose art never flew again. The bomb group marking on the fin is very interesting! No color photos of this ship’s tail have been found, but there are several black & white photos available. The official 8th Air Force directive required the unit letter (in this case "A") be painted in Insignia Blue on a white square, but it was DEFINITELY NOT blue on this plane. This is easily seen by comparing the tonal value of the "A" to the tonal value of the national insignia on the fuselage. I’ve seen at least one color photo that proves, amazingly, that in some cases a YELLOW letter was painted on the white square, which is ridiculous. However, this may have been the case for "Double Trouble," or possibly it could have been a light gray letter-which is also ridiculous. Regardless of how nonsensical it is, there are many documented instances of light-colored letters that are clearly not Insignia Blue or Black on white geometric bases in more than one combat group. Dumbfounding! The second ship is the exceptionally famous B-17G-30-BO "Our Gal Sal" from the 351 BS/100 BG, Thorpe Abbotts, England. Sal was queen of the "Bloody Hundredth" with her 135 combat missions giving her the distinction of being the longest serving plane in the unit. The name "Our Gal Sal" was inspired by the 1942 move of the same name starring Rita Hayworth. At the request of her first crew, captained by Robert J. Shoens, unit artist Frank Stevens painted the "Sal" artwork on standard aircraft canvas-the type used to cover movable control surfaces, and then glued it to the side of the nose. This created the strange "double halo" of olive green color around the artwork. It worked well, however, and the canvas did not blow off in the slipstream! At the time shown here, her 60th mission (the scheme best documented in color and black & white photos), her paintwork was very beat up and her chin turret, originally Neutral Gray, had been replaced by a newer unit in natural metal. Although the 100th is reputed to have used "blue gray" unit codes on the fuselage, color photos absolutely confirm that "Sal" had light gray codes. At least one widely distributed source claims the mission markings began on one side of the plane and continued around to the other side, and the profile painting in that source-while pretty-shows a huge number of mission markings continuing all the way back along the fuselage almost to the tail. The 100th BG historian confirmed for us this is completely bogus and the 100th’s practice was to mirror the mission markings on both sides of the nose. Sal was eventually scrapped at Kingman, Arizona. Interestingly, her bomb mission markings had been completely repainted very late or at the end of the war and in the boneyard she sported a long long line of white mission markings on a dark stripe background (these markings are not included here). We’re especially pleased that Mr Shoens and the 100th BG historian guided us on this project!

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B-29 The Outlaw PYN-up. Previously believed to be completely sold out, I was able to find enough decals to assemble 15 more sets (all decals are first rate). B-29-25-MO, 42-65306, with the huge and dramatic "The Outlaw" (Jane Russell) artwork on the right side of the nose, Don Thompson, 28 BS/19 BG, Sept 1951, Kadena AB, Japan (Korean War). This set includes accurate markings for the LEFT side of the nose in addition to the Jane Russell nose art on the right side!

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PYN-up B-24 Liberated Chics #1. Liberators with dramatic nose art: B-24J-120-CO, Madame Pele, 11 BG/98 BS; B-24H-10-DT, Jamaica? (different artwork on each side of nose), 466 BG/785 BS, Lt Larry Booth.

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PYN-up Decals P-61 Black Widow Babes #1.This set has sold on eBay for well over $175! Down to the last handful remaining. Black Widow Babes #1: P-61A-1-NO, 421 NFS , "Skippy/Nocturnal Nemesis," 42-5502 , David Cort, in a very worn Olive Drab over Neutral Gray finish; P-61B-1-NO, 548 NFS, "Cooper’s Snooper," 42-39454, Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, April 1945.  Note the aircraft serial numbers are provided in the correct red color; they were never yellow as has been portrayed in some publications (see decal instructions for more information on this). This set is VERY NEARLY GONE.

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Marauding Babes #1. B-26C-45-MO, "My Darling/Agitator", with a huge sharkmouth and huge nose art, and thin green overspray over natural metal camouflage, 320 BG/444 BS; B-26C-45-MO, "Mary Ann," 344 BG/494 BS, Lt B. W. Seth, Stanstead, England, Early 1944.

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PYN-up Decals B-26 Marauding Babes #2. This set features two famous Marauders. First is one of the most elaborate (and to my mind, most beautiful) artwork ever applied to any WW II aircraft. B-26B-50-MA "Hard To Get" had completely different – and very large — artwork on each side of the nose featuring swimsuit-clad beauties. Flown by Maj Delwin D. Bentley, commander of the 497th BS, 344th BG, Stanstead, England, in 1944, obviously no expense was spared to create this flying masterpiece. The other bird is the oft-photographed B-26C-40-MO, "Belle Ringer," of the 320 BG/441 BS, in Dark Olive Drab over Neutral Gray. This is a fun scheme for a modeler, as the paint was extremely worn and the old D-Day stripes above the wings are easily seen through the worn OD overpaint. Another interesting point is that the crew ran out of space on the fuselage for additional mission markings, so they were continued on the nose gear door!

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PYN-up F4U Babes-4-U #1. F4U-1 ("Birdcage"), Marine’s Dream (the artwork was actually shaded as depicted on this decal, not "flat art" as shown on other decals), Modex 576, VMF-222, BuNo 02576, 1st Lt. Edwin Olander, Munda, October, 1943; F4U-1A, Vargas Texas kneeling cowgirl artwork, Modex 8, VMF-422, BuNo 17965, 1st Lt. Stout, Engibi Island, May 18, 1944. We produced this set at the express request of Brett Green of HyperScale.

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Beautiful Jugs P-47s #3 PYN-up Decals. Two more famous T-Bolts with great nose art are included in this set, which features our special PYN-up "near photo realistic" nose art decals. First is Ralph K. "Kid" Hofer’s P-47C-5-RE, 41-6484, "Missouri Kid/Sho Me," QP*L, 4 FG/334 FS. Not widely realized is the fact that Hofer’s nose art was "shaded" and not "flat" artwork, which makes this ship a perfect PYN-up subject. The second ship is a plum black painted P-47M, HV*J, of the 56 FG/61 FS. It also had the light blue outlined national insignia common to the 56th’s plum black scheme. This plane had a large portrait of the pilot’s wife painted on the nose and her name, Lorene, painted under the windscreen. Although it’s been claimed this nose art was a photo glued on to the cowl, clear photos of the ship prove it was clearly painted artwork.

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PYN-up P-38 Fork-Tailed Beauties #31. P-38L-1-LO, Peggy’s Pegasus, "S,", 80 FS/8 FG; P-38J-10-LO, reclining nude artwork, "K," 8 FG/80 FS; P-38J-10-LO, reclining nude artwork, "L," Glen Holder, 8 FG/35 FS.

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PYN-up Decals Beautiful Jugs Part 3. Although both subjects in this set have been offered before by various kit manufacturers and aftermarket decal companies, none have been able to capture the true beauty of these fully rendered (shaded) markings in their printing process. That’s a shame, because these are two (actually three) of the most beautiful pieces of art to ever grace an airplane. The first subject is Henry Kuckeman’s extremely famous P-47D-5-RE, "Miss Behave/Lil Lo," WR*U, 355 FG/354 FS. Note artist Arthur Decosta’s substantially different artwork on each side of the nose, as well as the thin yellow outline to the "Lil Lo" name. Note, too, the odd shape of the "W" and "R" in the squadron code, as well as the "D" flight letter painted on the rudder trim tab. You can count on having historically precise and accurate decals for each of these markings in your PYN-up set (that’s what we’re famous for!). The PYN-up Decals "Shack Rat" P-47D-28-RA (42-28627, UN*M, 56 FG/63 FS) has been featured in several magazine and internet articles, as well as at least one modelbuilding DVD. This is some of the most elegant artwork of the war.

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PB4Y-2 Water Nymphs #1. PB4Y-2, 59501, with gigantic "Punkie" nose art, #501, of VPB-109, Palawan, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima, June-August 1945; PB4Y-2, with huge "The Super-chief/Lex Loci: nose art, of VPB-106, Westbrook Field, Palawan, Philippine Islands, May-July 1945. A special and VERY cool bonus is the machine-gun-toting cherub artwork painted on a Privateer port side .50 caliber gun turret blister. We have no idea which ship this was painted on, but the artwork is too cool to ignore, so I’m giving it to you as a bonus!

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PYN-up Decals P-40 Curtiss Cuties #1. The P-40F from the 85 FS/79 FG coded X2*8 carried a remarkably well-executed shaded painting of a nude woman on the left side of the rudder while in Tunisia in late 1942. Because of the angle of the only known photo of the full plane, it’s unclear whether the individual aircraft number was 8 or 9; of course we provide both in our decal set. Additionally, in some cases in the 85th the "X" was differently sized on the left and right sides, so we again provide you with both versions. In addition, the squadron insignia was hand painted on most aircraft and significant variations in the depiction are documented, including both white or yellow wings. Since yellow is more colorful and the photo does not provide such detail, we’ve provided the yellow-wing version. Censors were active during the Second World War (in spite of what you see painted on this ship), and the 79th nude tail art figures were eventually given clothes to cover the naughty bits. Luckily for us she’s nude in our photo and that’s the decal you get! The second bird is an American P-40E from the 8 FS/49 FG flown by Lt Monty Eisenberg, Strauss Field, Darwin, Australia, June 1942, which defended Darwin alongside Aussie-flown P-40s such as Cresswell’s famous four-flag ship depicted in our PYN-up Decals set PYND48025. This plane, #44 and named "Dollye" sported a standing nude between the canopy quarter panel on the left side and the fuselage star. This is one of the more unusual nudes, with one hand on the canopy quarter panel and the other on the fuselage star. For some reason, Eisenberg’s "Dollye" has often been portrayed in profile paintings with the large white Pegasus marking actually applied to a completely different ship in the same unit. There are plenty of good photos showing the Pegasus on the other plane, and three good photos of Dollye with the female artwork on the mid fuselage. The Pegasus was never applied to this ship. Note the yellow aircraft number (often incorrectly portrayed as white) was painted on the fin on top of darker olive drab paint used to obliterate the original serial number painted there. In all, an unusual and interesting combat ship from a little-known theatre.

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PYN-up Decals A-20 Havoc Hussies #1. First is a striking A-20H-5, 44-062/Y, "Miss Behaven," flown by Lt Harry Zditosky of the 312 BG/388 BS. This ship featured a huge white-outlined red heart with "sexy female" artwork on the left side nose, along with the 312th’s skull & crossbones on the tip of the nose and a large white heart aft of the fuselage star. This is possibly the largest and most colorful nose art ever applied to an A-20. The second subject is an early A-20B, 41-3127, #17, "Dinah Mite," flown by Lt J. R. Delapp of the 16th Obs Sq in North African combat. Nose art on early A-20s was fairly rare, and this bird had a large "swooping woman carrying a big bomb" pained under the left side cockpit. The tail number, 17, was almost certainly white, but since there is a slight chance it was yellow, we provide both options on the decal sheet.
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PYN-up Decals A-26 Babe Invaders #1. This set includes two Korean War Invaders, one overall black and one overall aluminum paint (NOT natural metal!). First is the silver glass-nosed A-26C-45-DT, 44-35767, "Nev’a Hoppen," flown by Lt Dennis Boyle of the 452 BW/728 BS. The second bird is an overall black A-26B-51-DL, 44-34287/A, with huge "Versatile Lady" nose art painted on the left side nose, flown by Capt Tony Curto, 3 BW/13 BS. It also has the large "running skeleton carrying a scythe" artwork of the 13th BS on the right side of the nose.
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PYN-up B-25 Mitchell Honeys #1. Air Apaches B-25J-11-NC, 43-36012, with a replacement nose section with remarkable "Lazy Daisy Mae" nose art, Capt James Underwood, 345 BG/501 BS, Sibuyan Island, PI; B-25H-1-NA, 43-4211, Nr.8, one of the few B-25Hs with elaborate nose art, "Erotic Edna," Lt Ralph Lanning, 1 ACG, 1944.

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PYN-up Decals A-20 Havoc Hussies #2. My good friend, the late Dan Rees (former B-52 bombardier with the 410th Bombardment Wing, SAC), was the inspiration for this set showcasing two glass-nosed World War II 410th Bomb Group Havocs with their distinctive black/white striped rudders. First is "Mama Lou," an A-20J, 43-10127, 6Q*B, of the 410 BG/647 BS. About a bazillion (yes, "bazillion" is a technical term :)) unevenly-painted mission markings and nice female nose art grace the nose, and you’ll also notice the unpainted battle damage patches that dot the airframe. I really like the battle damage repair patch on the left nose gun access panel with the swastika painted on it! Reminiscent of the family left at home, "Bill," an A-20J, 43-22022, 5D*G, of the 410 BG/644 BS displays a little boy wearing his daddy’s flight helmet and pointing towards the sky where his daddy works. This is poignant artwork, and a nice change from the common female figures that adorned the noses of so many WW II planes.

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PYN-up A-26 Invader Babes #2. A-26B-56-DL, 44-34364/Y, 6th Chadwick, Lt Col Robert Fortney, 3 BW/13 BS commander; A-26B-61-DL (had A-26C nose fitted at time of these markings), 44-34587/K, Miss Minooki, 17 BW/95 BS (earlier in 452 BW as Lady Nan).

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PYN-up Decals B-25 Mitchell Honeys #1. Two of my favorite B-25s are featured in this set. First is the dramatically marked B-25D-20-NC (strafer conversion), 41-30592, "Mexican Spitfire," Lt Merwyn Bruce, 345 BG/500 BS. The dramatic woman and maracas (Mexican percussion musical instruments widely introduced to the world in films by Carmen Miranda and Rita Hayworth) along with an early version of the 345th’s unit insignia on the fin make this an eye-catcher in any collection. In fact, the female figure is highly reminiscent of Carmen Miranda, right down to the "fruit bowl" hat! The second ship, "Mitch The Witch," was well documented in wonderful color photos and represents the lesser-known 17th Reconnaissance Squadron. This B-25D-25-NC (strafer conversion), 42-87293, was based at Linsayen, Luzon, May 45. I love the "prewar B-25 twin fins" painted on the broomhead! When the dramatic squadron insignia, yellow slashes, white stars, and white fin bottoms are added, you have another centerpiece for any collection!

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Pretty Fillies P-51s #3 PYN-up Decals. This set features two Yoxford Boys P-51Ds and our remarkable PYN-up nose art decals. The first Mustang is the relatively little known "Temptation," but which carried extremely large (for a P-51) and well-done nose art. This ship is P-51D-10-NA, 357 FG/362 FS, Lt Matthew Martin, Leiston, England, Late 1944. The second ship was flown by 7-victory ace Lt Robert Becker. It is P-51B-15-NA, 357 FG/362 FS, Leiston, England, April 1944. The plane had a tiger head insignia on the nose, and some time after Becker’s third victory was painted on the ship the name Sebastian was added. Note the overpainted white ID band on the fin; the white stripes on the wings and horizontal stabilizers remained.

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PYN-up Decals P-51 Pretty Fillies #4. My good friend "Eagle Eye" Mike Lampros, who passed away unexpectedly last week (see my tribute link on the right side of this page), harangued me to do proper artwork for P-51B-15-NA "Berlin Express," then did much of the research himself. This ship was Lt Bill Overstreet’s mount while in the 357 FG/363 FS, at Leiston, England in the Fall of 1944. Actually his second "Berlin Express," Overstreet inherited this plane from Bud Anderson (it had been his second "Old Crow"), and applied his own artwork and nickname. This bird even carried Anderson’s whitewall tires until they were replaced with normal tires! The large red dragon riding a P-51 on the right side of the nose can be seen from hundreds of yards away. Bill Overstreet passed away at age 92 on December 29th, 2013. See a story about his exploits here.

The second Yoxford Boy in this set is the lesser-known (but stunning) P-51D-20-NA, "The Tender Terror." Although pilot Lt Ralph W. Mann of the 357 FG/363 FS didn’t score any victories during the war, he flew on of the most remarkably marked Mustangs of the war. Like Overstreet, Mann was based at Leiston, England, and this scheme dates from January 1945.

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PYN-up Decals P-38 Fork-Tailed Beauties #5. This one of the coolest Lightning sets we ever did. First is an early P-38H-5-LO in Dark Olive Drab over Neutral Gray scheme, "Mountain Ayres," flown by Capt Jerry H. Ayers, CG*Q, 42-67077, 55 FG/38 FS. The truly astounding nose art painted on the removable gun covers was eventually moved to a different Lightning that chalked up 150 missions. Since the original national markings were the simple star-only cocarde, our decals show a "faded" blue circle with fresh Insignia Red (fresh (e.g., darker) Insignia Blue also provided as an option) outlines around the circle and white bars. The second bird is an overall natural metal P-38L-5-LO, "Ready Maid," flown by Capt. Phil McLain, 44-27132, 8 FG/36 FS. This striking ship went through three distinct markings variations and we provide all three options, including one with dramatic black "antiglare" (painted in GLOSS paint!!) panels on the fuselage and engine cowls.
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Pretty Fillies P-51s #4 PYN-up Decals. This set has two Mustangs from the famous 4th Fighter Group, each featuring our famous PYN-up specialty nose art decals. First is P-51B-1-NA, 336 FS, 4 FG, "Rebel Queen," flown by Lt. Fred W. Glover, Debden, England, Spring 1944. Second is the famous P-51K-5-NT, 334 FS, 4 FG, "Iron Ass," flown by Lt. Col. Jack J. Oberhansly, Debden, England, Late 1944 – early 1945.

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PYN-up B-24 Ploesti Heroes #1. Of the many, many famous Liberators that participated in the famous low level bombing mission against the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, one of the most famous (or infamously maligned) was Lt Brian W. Flavelle’s B-24D-70-CO "Wongo Wongo" from the 513 BS/376 BG. Wongo and her crew are fully entitled to be called "Ploesti Heroes" even though they did not make it to Ploesti. It was the lead aircraft of the second section in the 376th Bomb Group formation enroute to Ploesti. The victim of a significant historical inaccuracy (some would say cover up), the less than expected results of the first wave of B-24s at Ploesti was attributed at the time by the Air Force to the loss of this crew, which was purported to the the "lead plane" carrying the "lead navigator." For unknown reasons, just short of the island of Corfu south of the east coast of Greece, Wongo stalled, then dove into the sea and exploded. Although the historical record shows Flavelle and his young navigator were the LEADs for the entire formation and therefore caused the various screw-ups that occurred later, this has been thoroughly debunked by both Colonels Keith Compton (376th commander) and John Kane (98th commander) in later years. In a 2000 interview, Compton clearly stated he flew the mission lead plane with Brigadier General Uzal Ent, the mission commander, aboard, and that he in fact led the entire mission under General Ent’s orders. The full story of this pathetic episode is told in the instruction sheet. The second Ploesti hero is B-24D-65-CO, 566 BS 389 BG, "Fightin’ Sam," flown by Capt Tom Conroy. "Sam" was nearly brand-new ship when the Ploesti mission occurred, and this decal set allows you to model it as flown to Ploesti and with several major versions of later markings.

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PYN-up B-25 Mitchell Honeys #1. Air Apaches B-25J-11-NC, 43-36012, with a replacement nose section with remarkable "Lazy Daisy Mae" nose art, Capt James Underwood, 345 BG/501 BS, Sibuyan Island, PI; B-25H-1-NA, 43-4211, Nr.8, one of the few B-25Hs with elaborate nose art, "Erotic Edna," Lt Ralph Lanning, 1 ACG, 1944.

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PYN-up Beautiful Jugs #2: . P-47D-2-RE, 348 FG 341 FS, Miss Mutt/Pride of Lodi Ohio, Lt Col Robert Rowland, Port Moresby, NG, Fall 1943; P-47D-1-RE, 56 FG, 62 FS, Hairless Joe/Hewlett-Woodmere Long Island, Maj David Schilling, Halesworth, England, Fall 1943..

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PYN-up Decals P-39 Airacobra Cuties #1. Our PYN-up nose art decal technology gives you the ability to model the most impressive nose art ever applied to a fighter aircraft, P-39D-1-BE, 41-28267/Q, "Air-A-Cutie," of the 8 FG/36 FS. This ship had huge reclining nudes painted on the forward fuselage on each side. The two female figures were completely different, as was the form of the name, on each side. Careful photo analysis allowed us to make a preliminary determination that the serial number of this bird could have been as shown; in any case it was painted in an olive drab box under the horizontal stabilizer on each side. Less famous and smaller, but arguably better quality nude artwork with the name "Julie" adorned P-39N-5-BE, 42-18802, #51, Lt Roy Owen, 35 FG/41 FS, New Guinea, Oct 43. One profile artist has depicted this ship with a tiger head and yellow #76 on the fuselage, but we’ve found no photos to substantiate this scheme, so our decal set provides only what we can confirm.

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1/48 PYN-up Decals P-47 Beautiful Jugs Part 1. The most popular decal we ever produced was our PYN-up Decals 1/48 set covering two utterly amazing Thunderbolts. Without doubt the most famous Thunderbolt ever, P-47N-1-RE, 44-88043, "Short Snorter/2 Big And Too Heavy" has been the subject of a bazillion kit and aftermarket decals. Here, for the first time, you’ll get complete and accurate markings that fully capture the beauty and complexity of the shaded nose art and other markings. Obviously this set includes the completely different but equally stunning nose art for each side. Marked Black 21, this bird was assigned to the 333 FS/318 FG, in August 1945 on Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands. The second Jug in this set is the presentation ship "In The Mood/"Jackson County, Michigan, Fighter" flown by Capt Gerald Johnson of the 61st FS/56th FG. This was a P-47D-1-RE, 42-7877, coded HV*D at Halesworth in the late Summer of 1943. This one was a huge research project and resulted in such fine touches as the correct shape of not only the "D" individual aircraft letter, but also the "HV" code painted on the right side (the left side had no squadron codes). This decal set received a ton of simply glowing reviews in modeling magazines around the world.

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PYN-up Decals P-38J Marge & P-38H Hot Box Annie (I was able to make up FOUR of these 1/48 sets ONLY!) PYN-up Decals P-38J-15-LO, 42-103993, Marge, 993, Capt. Richard I. Bong, 5th Fighter Command, Cape Gloucester, March 1944, This set includes both the "colorized" b/w photo and a grayscale version of the same photo (the plane flew with a hand-tinted ("colorized") photo of Marge, as confirmed by the Group Photo Officer, who personally hand-tinted the photos and glued them on Bong’s plane!; P-38H-1-LO, 42-66545, Hot Box Annie, White 123, Lt. John A. Cohn, 431 FS/475 FG, New Guinea, Summer 1943.

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PYN-up Decals P-51 Pretty Fillies Part 1. This set has gone on eBay for over $150! Here you get two of the most famous Mustangs ever. First is Lt Walter "Moon" Mullins’ P-51D-5-NA, 44-13859, with a large diving nude female figure on the nose. This ship featured olive drab camouflage painted on the topsides after the plane arrived in the ETO. Coded KI*S, Mullins flew this bird with the 55th FS/20th FG during the Fall of 1944 from Kingscliffe, England. The second subject is the even-more-famous P-51D-25-NA flown by Capt Charles E. Weaver with the 362 FS/357 FG in April 1945 after he picked up a brand new ship. He had been flying Arval Roberson’s old mount named "Passion Wagon." This new plane was 44-72199, coded G4*A, and displayed a large reclining female nude on the nose.

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PYN-up Decals PB4Y-2 Water Nymphs #2. PB4Y-2, 59582, Miss Sea-ducer, R582, Lt Bronstein, VPB-116, Iwo Jima, March-June 1945; PB4Y-2, 59505, Redwing, X505, , VPB-106, West Field, Tinian, and Westbrook Field, Palawan, Philippine Islands, March-May 1945

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PYN-up Decals B-17 Boeing Babes Part 4. This set has gone on eBay for over $350! Last handful available. Two famous Fortresses! You demanded unique and remarkable decal schemes for your models, and this set certainly delivers. The truly "patchwork" B-17G-35-VE named "Little Miss Mischief" is know to us all for having been heavily featured in one of the first Squadron/Signal "In Action" books on the B-17. Everybody remembers this one! This amazing markings set is based on review of several newly-uncovered photos, including a couple in color. In fact, it breaks new research ground on the ship’s markings and camouflage, including the fact that the left outer wing was a fully camouflaged replacement (obviously the aft fuselage, which came from a crash-landed fully camouflaged B-17G), the natural metal aft crew entry door and battle damage repair panels, the overpainted but still visible previous code letters, etc. You’ll get the documentation on the undersized individual code letter "F" on the left side as well as the oddly spaced and slanted "DF" codes on the right side. You get confirmation the waist windows were NOT staggered on this bird, as sometimes reported, and no Pumpkin (Cheyenne) tail turret was fitted as often seen in profile paintings. You get the very faded red bomb mission markings on the PYN-up sheet. This will be a "contest killer" when you build it! The second ship in this set is the equally famous B-17F-20-DL "Miss Ouachita" (pronounced "WASH-it-tah") which was shot down by Heinz Baer on 21 Feb 44. The Luftwaffe propaganda photos of Baer’s visit to the bellylanded Fortress have been published far and wide. Very careful review of the many photos, some available only from some fairly obscure sources, revealed and corrected a great deal of previously published information. You’ll note the overpainted previous unit markings on the fuselage, and the fact her current codes, OR*Q (she was assigned to the 91 BG/323 BS), were in fact painted on at the time she went down. You can see the odd shape of the individual code letter "Q" on the fin, the personal names on the front fuselage, and the fact that she had TWO aircraft data blocks stenciled on the nose (the original was partially oversprayed due to damage repair)! Note the B-17E type top turret, the lack of a blown astrodome. Finally, careful study of the Luftwaffe photos prove this ship did NOT have the red fin and wingtips often shown in profile paintings. In any case, they were not instituted until July 1944, more than five months after she was shot down. I can tell you with some pride that reviewers have acknowledged this is the most accurate and complete decal set ever produced for Little Miss Mischief and Miss Ouachita.

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Sassy Sabres Part 2. Previously thought to be completely sold out, I was able to find enough decals to assemble 23 more sets of this, my favorite Sabre markings of all time. Capt Chuck Owens’ F-86E-10-NA "El Diablo; early and late versions of Col Royal "King" Baker’s F-86E-10 "The King," all from 4th FIW, Korea

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PYN-up Decals Voluptuous S-3B Viking Part 1. This is the coolest Viking scheme ever! Unfortunately, it was painted in honor of the VS-21 (Sea Control Squadron 21) "Red Tails" decommissioning, and the bird is now sitting, mothballed, in the Arizona desert at Davis-Monthan AFB. The VS-21 Red Tails were decommissioned at NAF Atsugi, Japan, at the end of February, 2005, bringing to an end 60 years of unit history that began with Torpedo Squadron 41 (VT-41) in 1945. Their final sea deployment was aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #1. B-24J-120-CO, Madame Pele, 11 BG/98 BS; B-24H-10-DT, Jamaica? (different artwork on each side of nose), 466 BG/785 BS, Lt Larry Booth..

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PYN-up Decals Fortress Chics #2. B-17G-50-DL, 44-6483, Ruby’s Raiders, G, Frank Blackwell/Harold C. Prang, 550 BS/385 BG, Great Ashford, England, Spring 1945.

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PYN-up Decals B-26 Marauding Babes #1. The first subject is B-26C-45-MO, "My Darling/Agitator", with a huge sharkmouth and huge nose art, and thin green overspray over natural metal camouflage, 320 BG/444 BS. The second is the standard camouflaged B-26C-45-MO, "Mary Ann," 344 BG/494 BS, Lt B. W. Seth, Stanstead, England, Early 1944.

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PYN-up Decals B-29 The Outlaw. B-29-25-MO, 42-65306, The Outlaw, Don Thompson, 28 BS/19 BG, Sept 1951, Kadena AB, Japan (Korean War). This set includes accurate markings for the LEFT side of the nose in addition to the truly dramatic Jane Russell nose art on the right side!

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PYN-up Decals Fortress Chics #1. This set features two well-known Fortresses. First is B-17F-115-BO, 42-30715, "Cincinnati Queen," CC*Y, 569 BS/390 BG, Framlingham, England, early 1944. A different crew later renamed this ship "Blues In The Night." The second is B-17G-20-BO, 42-31585, "Mount N’ Ride," OR*B, Lt Doyle E. "Brad" Bradford, 323 BS/91 BG, February 1945, Bassingbourn, England. This ship was in pristine shape with unblemished original paint and clean nose art; she only flew six missions before being interned in Switzerland.

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PYN-up Decals B-17F Miss Ouachita & B-17G Little Miss Mischief. You demanded unique and remarkable decal schemes for your models, and this set certainly delivers. The truly "patchwork" B-17G-35-VE named "Little Miss Mischief" is know to us all for having been heavily featured in one of the first Squadron/Signal "In Action" books on the B-17. Everybody remembers this one! This amazing markings set is based on review of several newly-uncovered photos, including a couple in color. In fact, it breaks new research ground on the ship’s markings and camouflage, including the fact that the left outer wing was a fully camouflaged replacement (obviously the aft fuselage, which came from a crash-landed fully camouflaged B-17G), the natural metal aft crew entry door and battle damage repair panels, the overpainted but still visible previous code letters, etc. You’ll get the documentation on the undersized individual code letter "F" on the left side as well as the oddly spaced and slanted "DF" codes on the right side. You get confirmation the waist windows were NOT staggered on this bird, as sometimes reported, and no Pumpkin (Cheyenne) tail turret was fitted as often seen in profile paintings. You get the very faded red bomb mission markings on the PYN-up sheet. This will be a "contest killer" when you build it! The second ship in this set is the equally famous B-17F-20-DL "Miss Ouachita" (pronounced "WASH-it-tah") which was shot down by Heinz Baer on 21 Feb 44. The Luftwaffe propaganda photos of Baer’s visit to the bellylanded Fortress have been published far and wide. Very careful review of the many photos, some available only from some fairly obscure sources, revealed and corrected a great deal of previously published information. You’ll note the overpainted previous unit markings on the fuselage, and the fact her current codes, OR*Q (she was assigned to the 91 BG/323 BS), were in fact painted on at the time she went down. You can see the odd shape of the individual code letter "Q" on the fin, the personal names on the front fuselage, and the fact that she had TWO aircraft data blocks stenciled on the nose (the original was partially oversprayed due to damage repair)! Note the B-17E type top turret, the lack of a blown astrodome. Finally, careful study of the Luftwaffe photos prove this ship did NOT have the red fin and wingtips often shown in profile paintings. In any case, they were not instituted until July 1944, more than five months after she was shot down. I can tell you with some pride that reviewers have acknowledged this is the most accurate and complete decal set ever produced for Little Miss Mischief and Miss Ouachita.

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PYN-up Decals Fortress Chics #1. This set features two well-known Fortresses. First is B-17F-115-BO, 42-30715, "Cincinnati Queen," CC*Y, 569 BS/390 BG, Framlingham, England, early 1944. A different crew later renamed this ship "Blues In The Night." The second is B-17G-20-BO, 42-31585, "Mount N’ Ride," OR*B, Lt Doyle E. "Brad" Bradford, 323 BS/91 BG, February 1945, Bassingbourn, England. This ship was in pristine shape with unblemished original paint and clean nose art; she only flew six missions before being interned in Switzerland.

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PYN-up Decals Bomber Babes Part 1:. Two of the most famous B-29s with remarkable nose art. The first is B-29-40-BW, 42-24592, "Dauntless Dotty" flown by Robert Morgan (former pilot of B-17F "Memphis Belle") (named in honor of his wife), A Square 1, 869 BS/497 BG, Early 1945, Saipan, Marianas Islands. This was the first B-29 over Tokyo. The second is the stunning "Lucky Lady," a B-29-50-BW, 42-24863, E Triangle 12, Harold Davis, 398 BS/504 BG, North Field, Tinian, March, 1945. BOTH planes include nose art that is similar (but different) on each side of the nose!

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PYN-up Decals B-26 Marauding Babes #2. This set features two famous Marauders. First is one of the most elaborate (and to my mind, most beautiful) artwork ever applied to any WW II aircraft. B-26B-50-MA "Hard To Get" had completely different – and very large — swimsuit-clad beauties painted on each side of the nose . Flown by Maj Delwin D. Bentley, commander of the 497th BS, 344th BG, Stanstead, England, in 1944, obviously no expense was spared to create this flying masterpiece. The other bird is the oft-photographed B-26C-40-MO, "Belle Ringer," of the 320 BG/441 BS, in Dark Olive Drab over Neutral Gray. This is a fun scheme for a modeler, as the paint was extremely worn and the old D-Day stripes above the wings are easily seen through the worn OD overpaint. Another interesting point is that the crew ran out of space on the fuselage for additional mission markings, so they were continued on the nose gear door!

Only 14 sets still available.

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #2. Two of the most beautiful B-24 nose art schemes ever, this set includes B-24H-15-FO, "Leo," one of the famous "Zodiac" ships from the 493 BG, Bill Hilfinger pilot, Philip Brinkman (artist). NOTE: this is definitely NOT the same ship as the later and lesser-known "Leo" from the same unit that carried artwork showing a lion morphing into a woman. The second bird is F-7A (B-24J-1-CO), "Hangover Haven II," with its "drunken pink elephant" nose art from the 20 Combat Mapping Sq, natural metal scheme, John Noble, pilot, Al Merkling, artist.

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PYN-up Decals B-24 Ploesti Heroes #1. B-24D-65-CO, 566 BS 389 BG, Fightin’ Sam, Capt. Tom Conroy, Ploesti, Romania, 1 August 1943; B-24D-70-CO, 513 BS, 376 BG, Wongo Wongo, Lt Brian W. Flavelle, Berka 2, Benghazi, Libya, 1 August 1943.

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PYN-up Decals P-47 Beautiful Jugs Part 1. This set has gone on eBay for over $250. Without doubt the most famous Thunderbolt ever, P-47N-1-RE, 44-88043, "Short Snorter/2 Big And Too Heavy" has been the subject of a bazillion kit and aftermarket decals. Here, for the first time, you’ll get complete and accurate markings that fully capture the beauty and complexity of the shaded nose art and other markings. Obviously this set includes the completely different but equally stunning nose art for each side. Marked Black 21, this bird was assigned to the 333 FS/318 FG, in August 1945 on Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands. The second Jug in this set is the presentation ship "In The Mood/"Jackson County, Michigan, Fighter" flown by Capt Gerald Johnson of the 61st FS/56th FG. This was a P-47D-1-RE, 42-7877, coded HV*D at Halesworth in the late Summer of 1943. This one was a huge research project and resulted in such fine touches as the correct shape of not only the "D" individual aircraft letter, but also the "HV" code painted on the right side (the left side had no squadron codes).

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PYN-up Decals B-17 Fortress Chicks Part 3. Two extremely famous and popular Forts grace this set. First is B-17F-25-DL, 42-3082, "Double Trouble," Lt William Winnesheik, 333 BS/94 BG, Rougham, England, October 1943. This ship was assigned to the unit from 10 June 1943 to 4 October 1943, when it crash landed at Margate, England, after a combat mission to St. Dizier, France. She was salvaged after the crash and in spite of the amazing nose art never flew again. The bomb group marking on the fin is very interesting! No color photos of this ship’s tail have been found, but there are several black & white photos available. The official 8th Air Force directive required the unit letter (in this case "A") be painted in Insignia Blue on a white square, but it was DEFINITELY NOT blue on this plane. This is easily seen by comparing the tonal value of the "A" to the tonal value of the national insignia on the fuselage. I’ve seen at least one color photo that proves, amazingly, that in some cases a YELLOW letter was painted on the white square, which is ridiculous. However, this may have been the case for "Double Trouble," or possibly it could have been a light gray letter-which is also ridiculous. Regardless of how nonsensical it is, there are many documented instances of light-colored letters that are clearly not Insignia Blue or Black on white geometric bases in more than one combat group. Dumbfounding! The second ship is the exceptionally famous B-17G-30-BO "Our Gal Sal" from the 351 BS/100 BG, Thorpe Abbotts, England. Sal was queen of the "Bloody Hundredth" with her 135 combat missions giving her the distinction of being the longest serving plane in the unit. The name "Our Gal Sal" was inspired by the 1942 move of the same name starring Rita Hayworth. At the request of her first crew, captained by Robert J. Shoens, unit artist Frank Stevens painted the "Sal" artwork on standard aircraft canvas-the type used to cover movable control surfaces, and then glued it to the side of the nose. This created the strange "double halo" of olive green color around the artwork. It worked well, however, and the canvas did not blow off in the slipstream! At the time shown here, her 60th mission (the scheme best documented in color and black & white photos), her paintwork was very beat up and her chin turret, originally Neutral Gray, had been replaced by a newer unit in natural metal. Although the 100th is reputed to have used "blue gray" unit codes on the fuselage, color photos absolutely confirm that "Sal" had light gray codes. At least one widely distributed source claims the mission markings began on one side of the plane and continued around to the other side, and the profile painting in that source-while pretty-shows a huge number of mission markings continuing all the way back along the fuselage almost to the tail. The 100th BG historian confirmed for us this is completely bogus and the 100th’s practice was to mirror the mission markings on both sides of the nose. Sal was eventually scrapped at Kingman, Arizona. Interestingly, her bomb mission markings had been completely repainted very late or at the end of the war and in the boneyard she sported a long long line of white mission markings on a dark stripe background (these markings are not included here). We’re especially pleased that Mr Shoens and the 100th BG historian guided us on this project!

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