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ASW GR. V Liberators


Aviaeology, 1/72 scale



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Catalogue Number and Description:

AOD72001 - ASW GR. V Liberators

Scale: 1/72 (also available in 1/48 as AOD48001)
Contents and Media: One 5” X 5 1/2" (13cm X 14cm) decal sheet.  A booklet with color profiles and application instructions.  A separate b&w insert provides notes pertaining to weapons, aircraft configuration and individual aircraft history.
Price: $8.99 USD (1/72 set)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Precisely printed. Unusual subject aircraft featuring nose art for one aircraft.  Covers Canadian and RAF Liberator Gr. V (B-24D’s) in Temperate Sea Scheme colors.  Offers alternatives to the usual USAAF aircraft.  A welcome feature is the service stencils.  For the B-24, these have not been available in 1/72 or 1/48 scales from any decal manufacturer.  In 1/48, the required conversion parts and ordnance are available from Belcher Bits.  In 1/72, the required conversion parts and ordnance are available from Pavla.
Disadvantages: Enough roundels for only one aircraft. 
Recommendation: Recommended as an alternative to B-24D's in WWII USAAF markings


Reviewed by Don Fenton

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This sheet is a very welcome addition to the collection of decals available for 1/72 B-24’s.  The sheet provides markings for three Liberator GR. V aircraft from 10 (BR) Squadron, Eastern Air Command, RCAF and one Liberator GR. V from 224 Squadron, Coastal Command, RAF.  At last, we have a good set of RAF and RCAF markings for the B-24D. 

All of the bombers illustrated in this set are finished in the Temperate Sea Scheme.  One aircraft, 600-N of 10 (BR) Sqn., has nose art and the name “Nannette”.  The markings for this aircraft were provided in the decals included with 1989 IPMS/USA Convention booklet.  Rare and highly sought after, these decals are almost impossible to find.  Aviaeology now makes markings for this colorful aircraft readily available.  This aircraft, without the noseart and the Dumbo radome, can also be built using the Aviaeology decals.  If building the early version of 600-N, the model builder will have to purchase or make the retractable radome installed in the well normally used to house the ball turret. 

The instruction booklet has color profiles with very detailed drawings showing the paint schemes, rocket installation and decal application.  A separate b&w insert provides aircraft mission history and details of sub kills.  The color profiles and history increase the appreciation of this decal set. 

The decals appear to be of very high quality.  Squadron codes and the appropriate portions of the roundels and fin flashes are printed in dull red. 

A very useful and recommended decal set, especially with the Academy B-24D. 


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This decal set is also available in 1/48. 

The complete Aviaeology product line can be seen at their eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/Aviaeology

The Belcher Bits resin conversion parts to be used with the 1/48 scale Aviaeology set AOD48001 can be seen at http://belcherbits.mondenet.com/48sets.html

Pavla makes the required 1/72 parts.  Hannants lists the Pavla sets.  http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=PAVU7225 and http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=PAVU7240.

Review Copyright © 2006 by Don Fenton
This Page Created on 17 May, 2006
Last updated 17 May, 2006

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