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American Trojans
in the Sky

Part II


AeroMaster Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: AMD 48-614 - 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Disadvantages: Somewhat old and outdated Monogram kit is the only model available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 second sheet in the two-part T-28 Trojan release.    Part 2 features four aircraft, three from the U.S. Navy and a USAF one. 

First is a very striking machine, Bureau number 140052, a T-28C of VT27.  Finish is the Training Command high visibility scheme of overall gloss red and white with a white chevron on the fin and rudder. 

Next is a T-28C, Bureau number 40528 of an unnamed unit.  Finish is overall gloss yellow with an olive drab anti-glare panel and with a black SB tail code. 

The third aircraft is the USAF machine, T-28D 51-480 of the Air Commandos.  Finish is the South East Asia scheme of FS 34079 dark green, FS34102 mid green, FS 30219 tan (the placement sheet lists the tan as FS32079), and FS36622 light grey.  .  Markings are discreet but include white tail codes/serials, Tactical Air Command shields for the tail and unit shields (?) for the engine cowling.  The shields are provided as one piece decals as well as two-part decals to address any register problems that may arise.  The ejection seat warning triangles are also provided as two-part decals.  A cord-wise red band for the fin and rudder round out the markings for this machine. 

The final aircraft is a DT-28B, Bureau number 137652.  The markings depict it when it was assigned to the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School.  The machine is painted overall white with the forward part of the fin, outer thirds of the tops and bottoms of the wings and cowling/forward fuselage in red. 

National insignia are provided for each aircraft.  The red and white aircraft’s wing insignia is provided with a white surround to save you masking the thin white surround between it and the red paint.  Each of the insignia is in three parts to avoid any register problems so you will have to apply the red “bars” over the top of the blue and white stars and bars.  Stencil data is minimal and only the most visible items are provided. 

As with American Trojans Part I, 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 same comments also apply to the placement guide.  It 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 release 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.” 

Again, a nice sheet from AeroMaster and it is recommended.   

Given the title, American Trojans, could it be that we can expect to see further sheets for the T-28 as flown by other nations?

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 25 May, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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