Mk V Spits
Pts1 & 2
S u m m a r y
||48-666 and 48-667
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Two decal sets providing
coverage of seven Spitfire Mk Vc Trops from four RAAF and one
RAF squadrons. Perfect register and minimal carrier film.
||Some possible errors in colour choices on
by Ken Bowes
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Aussie Mk.V Spits are available
online from Squadron.com
I was very excited when I noticed in the Eagle
Strike/Aeromaster advertisement in a modeling magazine a few months back
that they were planning to release not one but two sheets covering
Spitfire Vc Trops serving in RAAF North West Area (NWA - Darwin) and
South West Pacific Area (SWPA). As a serving RAAF member I have often
focused my modeling efforts on subjects that saw RAAF service so as soon
as they were available I ordered the two sheets direct from Eagle
Strike. With no kit of the Spitfire MkVc readily available (aside from
the Airfix re-tool) it seemed a somewhat unusual subject for a new
Aeromaster release but welcome none-the-less. Now with the sheets in my
possession it is out with the references and a critical examination.
For those who have previously used Aeromaster Decals the package should
come as no surprise. Included in the ziplock bag a full colour A4
instruction sheet providing side views of all subjects and a generic
top/bottom view to assist location of stencilling. The decals themselves
are spread over one A5 sheet per set and include all the unique markings
and some useful Spitfire stencils, although these were not commonly seen
on RAAF Spitfires following repaint into RAAF colours.
Subjects covered across the two sets are:
JL795 DL H of 54
(RAF) Squadron Darwin Area 1943;
A58-262 UP A of 79
Squadron Los Negros Islands 1944; and
Unknown Serial ZP
Triangle of 457 Squadron Darwin Area 1943.
A58-250 SH K of 85
Squadron RAAF Pearce Western Australia 1945;
BR543 ZP T of 457
Squadron Darwin Area 1943;
BS219 ZP X of 457
Squadron Darwin Area 1943; and
A58-236 QY G of 452
Squadron Darwin Area 1943.
With Aeromaster citing the excellent Pacific
Spitfires Website (now sadly a pay to access site) and Geoffrey
Pentlandís seminal RAAF Camouflage and Markings 1939-1945 Parts 1 and 2
as references the modeller is easily guided to sources of photographs
and in depth research material on the subjects include in each set.
Unfortunately it also highlights some errors and traps for those
unfamiliar with the intricacies of RAAF colours and markings. The actual
colours applied to these aircraft remain a point of conjecture,
particularly due to the variation in factory applied schemes and partial
repaints, however the details provided by Aeromaster match most common
references for the subjects (although sky undersurfaces on two subjects
are unlikely, with Azure Blue or RAAF Sky Blue being the more likely
What is disappointing is that Aeromaster have carried over the use of
white code letters for two aircraft (ZP X and QY G) as portrayed on
their sheet 48-124 Spitfires Down Under, when current thinking in their
cited references is for RAAF Sky Blue (IAW Air Force Confidential Order
A3/43 of 4 Jan 1943). Given they have used the RAAF Sky Blue in other
subjects on the sheets this is surprising, more so as these two have
some of the best artwork, including two kill markings on ZP X. That
aside it is also worth noting that A58-262 did not have the outboard
cannon stubs when photographed in 1944 and A58-250 had narrow breech
cover fairings ala the Mk VIII and later Mk IXs. Also note that RAAF MK
Vs used the DH metal prop/blunt spinner and this needs to be sourced
elsewhere if converting the Tamiya Vb Trop.
I have used Aeromaster decals before they have proved to be trouble
free, easy to apply and respond well to applications of Micro Sol/Set.
These sheets are printed in Italy by Cartograf and are among the best
decal printing I have seen with the complex nose art all in register.
Despite the reservations I have noted above, these still represent an
excellent source of markings for those interested in adding an RAAF
Spitfire Mk Vc to their collection. I for one have several Tamiya MkVb
Trop kits that will become MK Vcs with the aid of these sheets and the
useful BAP C wing conversion. Aeromaster has once again come up with a
good product and should be commended for their more unusual subject
choices. The inaccuracies outlined above can be worked around and the
modeller should still find plenty of inspiration contained herein.
Recommended for fans of the Spitfire and RAAF buffs.
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