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After the Battle

Post-Battle of Britain
Mk.II and Mk.V Spitfires
Part 1

 

1/32 scale

Aeromaster

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 32-018 After the Battle - Post-Battle of Britain Mk.II and Mk.V Spitfires Part 1
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Price: May vary according to place of purchase (USD$10 if purchased directly from AeroMaster)
Review Type: Preview
Advantages: Good colour reference sheet; perfect register, thin carrier film, interesting subjects.
Disadvantages: No stencil data; unaccounted for large A1 roundel
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster's "After the Battle" Spitfire Decals
are available online from
Squadron.com
 

FirstLook



AeroMaster Products sheet 32-018 provides markings for four Post 1940 Supermarine Spitfires Mk II and Mk Vs in a variety of camouflage schemes.   The individual aircraft are: 

Mk II, PZ7856, VZ-E as flown by Flight Sergeant E.N. McDonnell of 412 (Canadian) Squadron in October of 1941.  The machine is finished in dark green and mixed grey upper surfaces over light sky blue under surfaces with a sky spinner and rear fuselage band.  The provided markings are: 

        Sky VZ squadron and individual aircraft E code letters. 

        Black PZ7586 serial 

Mk Vb W3458, YQ-X flown by Flight Lieutenant Les 'Buck' Casson of 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron in August of 1941. Camouflage is dark earth and dark green upper surfaces over sky under surfaces with a sky spinner and rear fuselage band.  The provided markings are: 

  • Mid-grey YQ squadron and individual aircraft X code letters

        Black W3458 serial 

Mk Vb R6293, QJ-S 'Sheila' flown by Flying Officer  Alan Wright of 92 (East India) Squadron from Biggin Hill in May of 1941.  Camouflage is also dark earth and dark green upper surfaces over sky under surfaces with a sky spinner and rear fuselage band.  The provided markings are: 

        Mid-grey QJ squadron and individual aircraft S code letters. 

        Black R6293 serial number. 

        Individual aircraft S code letter in black (for the under side of the nose). 

        East India Squadron title for the fuselage in white. 

        The name "Sheila", also in white.

There is a single set of national insignia provided for all three machines.  They are a pair of Type A1 roundels for the fuselage, a pair of type A for the undersides of the wings and a pair of Type Bs for the upper surfaces of the wings.  The red centres of the type A1and A roundels are provided as separate decals in case of register problems. Two different types of 27" fin flashes are also provided.  Curiously, there is a single, very large type A1 supplied.  It doesn't seem to belong to any of the options and no mention is made of it on the placement guide.  Seeing as this is a "Part 1" sheet, my guess is that this is a goof-up and we will see a machine that uses this type of large roundel on a future sheet. 

 

 

Unfortunately, no stencil data is provided.  Granted, the sheet is pretty full so perhaps this is why AeroMaster have not included it.  A pity though as you will really miss the data on a 1/32 scale kit 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows left hand side colour profiles of each option, as well as a plan view of the topsides and scrap views of the wing under surfaces. 

The decals have been "printed in Mexico" and look to be every bit as good as the stuff we see from Microscale.  Everything is in perfect register and the colours seem pretty right to me. 

The suggested kit is the Hasegawa effort old but still nice! 

The decals (there are two sheets the main one and a smaller one that holds four code letters - and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

Nice stuff from AeroMaster.

Recommended.

Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 09 February, 2005
Last updated 09 February, 2005

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