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American Trojans
in the Sky

Part I


AeroMaster Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: AMD 48-613 - American Trojans in the Sky Part I
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
Price: USD$8.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Sufficient markings for all three subjects; perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; comprehensive stencil data; good instructions with top, bottom and plan views;
Disadvantages: Somewhat old and outdated Monogram kit is the only model available
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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This is the first of two new decal sheets for the T-28 Trojan.  As the title says, the sheets feature T-28s in markings of the U.S. Military. 

Part I features three aircraft, all from the U.S. Navy. 

First is Bureau number 140068, a T-28C belonging to VT-5 and wearing the 2S tail code of NAS Saufley.   The aircraft is in the Training Command high visibility finish of overall gloss red and white with yellow cat’s eyes and mouth on the cowling and a red and white striped rudder.   

Next is a T-28B, Bureau number 137691 of ATU-800.  The machine is finished in another Training Command scheme of overall yellow with orange bands to the wings and fuselage.  It also sports an olive drab anti-glare panel.  The placement guide advises that the aircraft was assigned to ATU-800 whilst the decal and the side-view show it as “ATUB00”. 

The final aircraft is a DT-28, Bureau number 138335 of an unnamed squadron.  This aircraft is finished the bright drone/target tug scheme of engine grey/red and yellow. 

Enough national insignia are provided to model each aircraft.  These markings are provided as three-part decals to avoid any register problems.  The wing national insignia for the first option are provided with a thin white border to save you the trouble of masking the red areas – nice touch Aeromaster.  Stencil data is limited to the most visible items only and two sets of black wing-walks are provided. 

The decals have been printed in Italy by Cartograf.  Everything is in register and the white items appear to have been printed dense enough to avoid any bleed-through problems that will arise when they are placed over a dark background.  This will be welcomed by those who choose the first option where the national insignia is placed over the red painted areas of the wing. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows full-colour side profiles of each aircraft as well as the top and bottom plan views.  It provides a list of useful references as well as listing recommended after-market accessories.  It also recommends the Monogram kit but advises the modeller of its shortcomings – quote: 

“The Monogram T-28 kit dates back to the late ‘50s.  Although it is not remotely up to today’s standard, it is still a worth while kit to build, besides being the only one.  Black Box just released a beautiful cockpit set for this kit.  Most panel lines are recessed, we recommend that using these lines as guides, you re-scribe them before removing the apple size rivets that decorate this kit.  Some of these rivet rows can be used as panel line guides, if you wish to re-scribe it all.  Notice the latest release is a hybrid, having a T-28D cowling and a T-28A propeller.  Now really Monogram!!  Any way, we wish you success completing this most important A/C of the U.S. Armed Forces.” 

The placement sheet and decal come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

A couple of glitches here, but a nice sheet that provides value for money.   


Thanks to AeroMaster / Eagle Strike Products for the review sets

On-line sales are available from the AeroMaster Products / Eagle Strike Productions web site.

Review TextCopyright © 2003 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 23 May, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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