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The Wolf Pack

The 56th Fighter Group in WWII

Part VI

 

1/48 scale

Aeromaster

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-715 The Wolf Pack The 56th Fighter Group in WWII Part VI
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 Wolf Pack Part VI is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook


 

48-715 is part six in purported ten-sheet coverage of the markings worn by the P-47 Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Group in WWII. 

As with the other five sheets in this series so far, this sheet carries markings for three machines.  They are: 

P-47D-15-RE 42-75859 flown by Lieutenant Charles C. Clamp of the 63rd Fighter Squadron.  The aircraft is in the standard olive green over neutral grey finish applied to P-47s at the factory as well as a red cowling ring.  The illustration on the placement guide makes it look like the white theatre marking band on the vertical stabiliser/rudder has been over painted with fresh olive drab.  The provided markings are: 

  • UN squadron and individual aircraft C codes in white.
  • Yellow 275859 serial number.
  • Nose art consisting of a naked female torso on a blue background.
  • A data block.  The number reads 42-75869 rather than 42-75859.
  • Red edged white wheel covers with the names Dave + Evelyn in red.

P-47M-1-RE 44-21203, Miss Jane, flown by Lieutenant Eugene Andermatt of the 63rd Fighter Squadron.  This machine is in dark blue and medium blue upper surfaces over natural metal undersides with a medium blue rudder and a red cowling ring.  The provided markings are:

  • UN squadron and individual aircraft A codes in silver.
  • Medium blue 21203 serial.
  • Different nose art for either side.  The left hand side is a cartoon gun toting rooster looking into key hole whilst the right hand side is a female in a red dress and red stocking on a yellow background.
  • The name Miss Jane in yellow.

P-47D-15RE 42-75125, Hawkeye, flown by Lieutenant Thaddeus Buszko of the 62nd Fighter Squadron.  Camouflage is as per the first option but with a yellow cowling instead of the red one.  The provided markings are: 

  • LM squadron and E individual aircraft codes in white.
  • Yellow 275125 serial
  • Nose art consisting of a cartoon dog dressed as a sabre wielding pirate with a yellow circle background and the name Hawkeye in red with a white outline.
  • The words Love & Kisses and the word Peggy in white.
  • A white rectangle background with the pilot's and crew chief's names.
  • A stencil data block with the correct serial.

A single set of national insignia (including the oversize under surfaces ones worn by the P-47) is supplied for the first and last options whilst the second option gets its own set of fuselage and wing national insignia it also share the smaller wing insignia which effectively means that you can only model one machine from the sheet.  Both sets of the fuselage insignia are been supplied as three-part decals to enable you to apply them to the intercooler exhaust doors. 

A single and very complete set of stencil data is also included. 

The placement guide is A4 sized in size with full colour side profiles of each option and smaller split top and bottom plan views as well as a further set of side/plan views to aid in the placement of stencil data.

The decals have been "Printed in Mexico".  They are very well printed, thin and in perfect register. 

The suggested kits are the Hasegawa and Tamiya ones and the placement guide advises that "Other P-47 kits could be used". 

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

Nice stuff from AeroMaster.  At this rate, they will end up providing markings for each and every machine ever flown by the 56th Fighter Group! 

Recommended.

Footnote

The colours and markings worn by the P-47s of the 56th Fighter Group have long been the subject of speculation and debate.  AeroMaster Products recognises this and have provided a lengthy discourse on the placement guide to both inform and guide you in finishing your latest masterpiece.

Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 18 March, 2005
Last updated 18 March, 2005

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