Fortresses Over Europe
S u m m a r y
||AMD 48-671 - Flying
Fortresses Over Europe Part I
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
USD$8.47 from Squadron.com
||Bright and varied markings; perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; plenty of stencil data; good instructions and background
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster's 1/48 scale
Flying Fortresses Over Europe are available online from Squadron.com
It's been a
long time since we have seen new decals for B-17s. AeroMaster must have
realised this and have now released two new sheets covering four 8th Air
Sheet 48-671 provides markings for two natural
metal finish B-17Gs with olive drab anti-glare panels on the nose and
the inner surfaces of the cowlings. The individual aircraft are as
FOX", B-17G 43-7657 of the 534th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group flying
out of Ridgewell, Essex in the UK. "THE FOX" wears the 1st Combat
Wing's red markings on her fin, wingtips and horizontal stabilizers,
with white letter L in black triangle Group markings. Her supplied
White letter L in black triangle
Group markings for either side of the fin and top of the right wing.
Black GD squadron codes and I
individual aircraft in squadron letter.
White 337657 serial number for the
White letter I individual aircraft in
squadron code letter for the base of the fin.
Nose art in the form of a fox holding
a pint glass and the name "THE FOX" for the nose. The aircraft was
supposedly named after the local public house.
"SUPER RABBIT", B-17G 42-102598, of the 351st 100th
Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, flying out of Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk
in 1944. Nowhere as colourful as the previous machine, "SUPER RABBIT"
wears the letter D in black square group markings. Supplied markings
Black square letter D group markings
for the fin and upper right wing.
Black 2102598 serial for the fin.
Black EP Squadron codes and F
individual aircraft in squadron letter. There is a further,
smaller F for the fin.
Nose art comprising a bomb tossing
rabbit wearing a superman cape and the name, "SUPER RABBIT" in white
with a red surround.
A scoreboard of 23 missions in red
A single red star with a yellow
hammer and scythe. No mention is made of this marking on the
placement guide. Perhaps the aircraft took part in one of the
ill-fated shuttle missions to Russia.
Stencil data is confined to a single set of
propeller logos and stencils. Two sets of national insignia are
provided. One set on the main sheet with a further set on a
supplementary sheet. Interestingly, the set on the supplementary sheet
is a paler blue that those on the main sheet. There is also an
instrument panel and pedestal decal provided.
The decals have been printed in Mexico. They are
thin, but not as thin as other "printed in Mexico" decals from
AeroMaster/Eagle Strike. Everything is in perfect register and each
design has a minimum of decal film surrounding each design which is good
as decal film really shows up on natural metal finish models.
placement guide is A-4 in size and shows coloured side profile of each
machine in the centre pages with plan views of the wings on the reverse
side. The guide also lists the references consulted in producing the
The placement guide and the two decal sheets are
packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The suggested kit is the Monogram/Revell one.
Nice stuff 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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