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After the Battle

Post-Battle of Britain
Mk.II and Mk.V Spitfires
Part 2

 

1/48 scale

Aeromaster

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-682 After the Battle - Post-Battle of Britain Mk.II and Mk.V Spitfires Part 2
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Price: May vary according to place of purchase (USD$10 if purchased directly from AeroMaster)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good colour reference sheet; perfect register, thin carrier film, interesting subjects.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster's "After the Battle" Spitfire Decals
are available online from
Squadron.com
 

FirstLook



48-682 from AeroMaster Products is the second sheet in the two-part coverage of post 1940 Supermarine Spitfires Mk II and Mk Vs.  Markings are provided for a further four aircraft.   The individual aircraft and their markings are: 

Mk Vb BM344, KH-P 'Phyl Marie' as flown by Squadron Leader Syd Ford, 403 (Canadian) Squadron from Manston in the August of 1943.  The aircraft is the RAF Temperate Scheme of dark green/ocean grey upper surfaces with medium sea grey undersides. The provided markings are: 

        Sky- KH squadron and individual aircraft P code letters. 

        Black BM344 serial number. 

        The name 'Phyl Marie' in white. 

Mk Vc, EE602, DV-V Central Railways Uruguayan Staff.  The machine belonged to 192 (Province of Mysore) Squadron based at Ibsley in the May of 1943.  This machine is also in the RAF Temperate Scheme.  The provided markings are: 

        Sky DV squadron and individual aircraft V code letters. 

        Black EE602 serial. The placement guide advises that this was partially over painted by the sky fuselage band so you will have to "adjust" this decal yourself. 

        Central Railways Uruguayan Staff title in white. 

        Some form of emblem/marking in white. 

Mk Vb R6293, QJ-S 'Sheila' flown by Flying Officer  Alan Wright of 92 (East India) Squadron from Biggin Hill in May of 1941.  The odd one out, it is in dark earth and dark green upper surfaces over sky under surfaces with a sky spinner and rear fuselage band.  The provided markings are: 

        Mid-grey QJ squadron and individual aircraft S code letters. 

        Black R6293 serial number. 

        Individual aircraft S code letter in black (for the under side of the nose). 

        East India Squadron title for the fuselage in white. 

        The name "Sheila", also in white. 

Mk Vc AR501, NN-D of 310 (Czech) Squadron at Exeter in August of 1943. Camouflage is RAF Temperate Scheme.   The provided markings are: 

  • Sky NN squadron and individual aircraft D code letters

        Black AR501 serial. 

        Small modern-day Czech national insignia.

One set of type A1 fuselage roundels, type B upper wing roundels; type A under wing roundels and 27" fin flashes are provided for the third option.  The red centres of the roundels (with the exception of the type Bs) are supplied separately in case of register problems. 

Two sets of type C1 fuselage roundels, type C under wing roundels and type B upper wing roundels and a pair of 24" fin flashes are provided for the other three options.   A single complete set of stencil data completes the provided markings. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size.  It shows left hand side colour profiles of, as well as plan views of the topsides and scrap views of the wing under surfaces for three of the options.  There is a further three-view drawing that shows the stencil data placement albeit for a Mk IX. 

The decals have been printed by Cartograf. 

The placement guide advises that the recommended kit to produce a Mk II is the Tamiya Mk I and to use the Airwaves and Aeroclub conversions to convert them to Mk II standards.  All well and good, but none of the options are Mk IIs!  The recommended kit for the Mk V options is the Hasegawa and Tamiya ones.  Be aware though that two of the options are Mk Vc s which have different wings than that provided in the Tamiya or Hasegawa kits.  Resin conversions sets are available to help you here but you can accomplish it with a good set of plans and a little modelling skill.   You may also want to visit the Ultracast website in an effort to procure the different propeller blades and spinners required. 

The decals and placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

The same comment applies for the Part II sheet - A nice sheet from AeroMaster that will give you an opportunity to add some similar but different Spitfires to your shelves.

 

Recommended.

Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 01 March, 2005
Last updated 01 March, 2005

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