Almost every aircraft modeling company was founded on enthusiasts’ passion for particular aviation history period. Despite the fact that airplanes have been changing so rapidly during relatively short, one-century era, the mechanics behind our hobby remains the same: moved by some past or present aspect of aviation history, we try to build accurate and properly scaled replicas of aircraft, based on the best historical and photographic reference material available. In our pursuit of the perfect model, we are ready to spend endless hours comparing well-known photos from older books with the new ones, recently discovered and published. Driven by this passion, we’ll do anything and everything just to prove our paint shade is THE most orthodox shade ever mixed, airbrush applied or weathered. And it is this very passion that sends us day after day on a wild goose chase after some long forgotten serial number. It’s the same story all over the world: diving deep into history, ready to kill for valuable reference, we start modeling, painting, decaling and weathering our kits, not even trying to stop and swear when things go wrong – again and again - especially when it comes to... D E C A L S.

Have you ever tried to work with a decal disappearing or disintegrating as soon as you dip it in water? Have you ever been to cloud nine and back to hell when decal nose-name printed in yellow suddenly proved to be green, according to a photo reference you received just yesterday? Do you know that feeling when P-47s serial numbers were printed exactly in the same manner and dimensions as on P-51s? We know what we are talking about - we grew up with that stuff: wrong color interpretation, nose-arts only partly visible on old photos, tricky water or decal solvent behavior. And what exactly do you say when your ‘oldie-but-goldie’ kit finally appears on your desk but it turns out that all that remained of its decals is an ivory-colored piece of paper with cracked carrier film? ‘Nuff said? Not really.

A.M.D.G. Decals enters the game with a heavy bag of experience, packed tightly enough to inform you proudly what kind of the decals will NOT be included in our offer. If you happen to own the nicely painted 44-20118 ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ P-47D from USAAF 57 FG, having spent your hard-earned on the previously released decal with plane name printed in… yellow (?!) – please, be informed: this is NOT our aim. If anyone attempts to sell the beautifully rendered Capt. Weaver’s 357 FG P-51D kill markings in all-black plain color – we’ll pass, thank you, because that way of historical photos interpretation does NOT sit well with A.M.D.G. Decals’ principles. Also, do NOT expect us to pump-up the instruction sheets into book-sized monstrosities with photorealistic plane profiles, which obviously would be a great way to inflate the price - but without a slightest trace of benefit to your model kits. Don’t worry though: we will provide instructions clear and simple enough to give you just the information you need about both the decal’s subject and how to use it.

As A.M.G.D. Decals staff we promise you just one thing: high quality, affordable decal sets based on the best historical and photo reference materials available to date. Photos, books, documents, museum collections, websites – we’ve penetrated and infiltrated them all to select, analyze and utilize only the best, most useful material. The added value will be our modeling practice: some tips & tricks we’re ready to share with you. Example: we are not going to cheat you that D-day stripes should be decaled on your kit – this is a typical, classic mask & paint job and always will be, despite of the scale. But if we can help you with some paper or foil cut templates – then why not? Especially when some paint job should surround smaller marking - like unit code letters – with kind of outlined margin. Just go the simple and most effective way: preserve the outline with template, do the whole-area paint job next and then decal the markings within outline width. Trust us; in our time as regular customers we spent irrational amounts of money following irrational tricks. We do not wish you to learn the same, hard way.

We aim to protect you from all the gut-wrenching and wallet-draining errors were made over the years, offering you well honed designs & products. There are countless average to poor quality or just incorrect decals on the market. If it’s technically possible to create better ones – we accept the challenge. Whatever was overlooked in the past but has recently been well researched and found interesting - you bet we shall work on it soon. We are not going to have a large debate about ‘how decals should fulfill modelers expectations’ here but each and every one of your suggestions will be greatly appreciated, especially when followed by reference material attached.

A natural and common way to finish the ‘About-us’ section should be a marketing style announcement, like: ‘Modelers – for modelers’ - so well-known, nice and clear, positively associated among worldwide modeling community. We fully agree – but this is not the whole truth. Because what we really want to do is not only a fun, hobby business. It’s also about commemorating the real men, their planes, units, daily orders, their entire life in harsh wartime, when canopies were ‘hoods’, a/c accidents were ‘prangs’, groups went on ‘shows” instead of missions and a heroic fellow pilot received not a decoration, but simply a ‘gong’ – and that’s according to USAAF slang only. That’s how we see it: historical reference knowledge and graphic skills are barely sufficient factors and should be augmented with another two: heart and passion. Hopefully, this is the best way to honor those, who rode the fastest, most colorful and dangerous rollercoaster ever constructed: H I S T O R Y.

That’s it. The journey has started. Will you follow?

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