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:
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
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
Black W3458 serial
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.