Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More new decals coming soon.

Hi Guys,

And by guys, I mean both men, women, and assorted other genders. All are welcome here. We have a "don't ask, don't tell, don't care as long as you buy something" policy here at BarracudaCals. Enough nonsense... for now.

BarracudaCals will be releasing 3 new decal sheets later next week. More new sheets are ready to go to the printer, and a backlog of new sheets
is growing by the week. When I started working on ideas for BarracudaCals about a year ago, my primary concern was that I would run out of schemes to do. In the meantime, I have come across so many subjects that are crying out to be done, that I still find it hard to believe.

BarracudaCals will be in attendance at the IPMS USA National Convention this August in Columbus, Ohio. There will be some new decals launched at the show. I have some other surprises in store as well. This is a great show, and if you have never attended, I highly recommend that you give it a shot. It is an impressive spectacle. Over 2,000 built models in one room. Hundreds of Vendor tables, with a huge variety of goods to drain your bank account, are begging to be perused.

Best of all are the attendees. The hall will be overrun with people from all over who share the same passion as you. I look forward to attending each year, as I get to see many friends I have known for years. I also enjoy talking with customers new and old. I am always interested to hear what people have to say about BarracudaCals or even the hobby in general.

Now, I will be signing off. I am going to finish masking the wing stripes off on my 1/72 Hasegawa Spit HF VII. It will be finished in the Operation Starkey markings from the BarracudaCals Spitfire IX Series Part 1 sheet. I have decided (as painful as it may be) to show it with the upper wing roundels overpainted by the temporary wing bands. While not as pretty this way, it seems to me that for this very short lived Operation, they would have not bothered to carefully paint around the upperwing roundels. Of course, whatever I decide; after the model is finished, a photo will surface showing that what I had chosen was wrong. Isn't that what usually happens?

I will post pictures up of this project tomorrow. I hope to have it in the decalling stages by the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!

Happy modelling.



  1. Hey Roy,
    As I said in my email to you a couple of weeks back, you should overpaint the roundels. Anyone who didn't paint the stripes over the roundels wasn't following the instructions (so you can probably bet there was at least one...) There was also a strictly enforced ban on photography for the operation. A couple of unofficial pictures have emerged, but there's very little about. Since there were no fuselage stripes, it's very difficult to tell precisely how the wings were treated. What we need is a nice recon photo from way above showing the operation in progress...

    Although the original plans for Starkey called for it to be a diversion that maight turn into an invasion if condidtions permitted, by the time it actually happened it was - fortunately - just a very big exercise. Such exercises from the 1930s up to the 1960s, even during wartime, have had special markings that obscure the national markings. After that, mass exercises became less popular as there were many fewer aircraft to play with, and electronic means of identification took precedence over visual.

  2. Can't wait to see the new sheets.