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||AMD 48-626 - Best Sellers
Marauders Part One
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||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; good instructions
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Marauders Pt 1
online from Squadron.com
This sheet continues AeroMaster's
policy of re-hashing their old sheets to produce new ones. Not a bad
thing by any means as it allows you to pick up the ones you missed out on
the first time around.
Marauders Part I provides markings
for just two aircraft:
one of the most well known of all B-26s, B-26B-25-MA 41-31773 –'Flak
Bait' of the 449th Bombardment
Squadron, 322nd Bombardment Group. Camouflage finish is olive
drab over neutral grey and the supplied markings comprise:
nose art and bomb log. The bomb log is provided in two parts – a white
decal that you apply first, and a red decal to overlay the white one.
AeroMaster have done it this way so that the tail fin of every fifth
bomb shows up as a white one and the outline of the single swastika kill
marking is white as well. An extra '200 Missions' decal is provided to
enable you to portray the aircraft as it appeared at the end of the
war. Whilst this marking looks to be out of register it is in fact
correct as the one-to-one scale original aircraft's insignia also
carries the white highlighting.
PN squadron codes and U
individual aircraft codes in grey.
41-31773 serial number in
Ground crew names in
black and white for the nose gear door.
Individual crew names
against their positions in yellow
Data block in black.
A set of national
insignia that have dark blue edging
The nose gear marking
consisting of a red star on a blue background.
The other option is B-26B-55-MA
42-96191 'The Milk Run Special' of the 597th Bomb
Squadron, 397th Bomb Group 9th Air Force. The aircraft is in
overall natural metal finish with D-Day markings on the upper and lower
surfaces of the wings as well as the fuselage. The ones on the fuselage
sides have been over-painted in olive drab. Markings comprise:
Nose art consisting of a
nude painted over a green map of the USA with the words 'Milk Run
Special' in red and a comprehensive black and yellow bomb log.
Pilot's name in black.
9F squadron and F
individual aircraft code in black. These decals have been provided
twice. The ones on the main sheet have a white border which is
incorrect. A separate errata sheet supplies the correct ones with a
silver outline – no doubt the silver outline came about when the codes
were masked off before the D-Day stripes were applied and were re-masked
over when the olive drab was painted over the D-Day stripes. It's good
to see that AeroMaster have gone to the trouble to correct this error.
42-96191 aircraft serial
in black for the fin and rudder.
Group's yellow and black group markings for the fin and rudder.
A set of national
insignia. The errata sheet carries the correct silver-bordered ones for
A set (eight- one for each blade)
of Curtis propeller logos as well as propeller blade stencil data is
provided. The Curtis logos are provided as two part decals to save any
register problems. A single set of 'wing walk' black outlines are
provided on a smaller separate sheet.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
placement guide is the standard AeroMaster A-4 sized sheet. It shows
full-colour left hand side profiles of the each aircraft and a scrap left
hand side profile of the nose of the second option as well as plan views
of the upper surfaces of both machines. A small drawing is also provided
for the propeller markings. There are a couple of goofs in the
descriptions of each option – 'Flak Bait' belonged to 322nd
Bombardment Group, not the 322 Bombardment Squadron, and 'The Milk Run
Special' belonged to the 597th Bomb Squadron, not the 598th
– but these errors will not effect the finished product.
The decals themselves have been
'Printed in Mexico'. They are glossy, in perfect register and have a
minimum of decal film surrounding each design.
The decal sheet and placement
guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The suggested kit is the Revell/Monogram
A nice sheet from AeroMaster.
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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