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85th Year 2006 Anniversary Scheme Hawk


1/48 scale

Blue Sky Models


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Blue Sky Models BSM48-101
85th Year 2006 Anniversary Scheme Hawk
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decal sheets plus instructions
Price: Available by mail order from:
Blue Sky Models, 18 Maeshyfryd Road, Holyhead, Anglesey, Gwynedd, LL65, 2AL, UK
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good colour saturation; Thin carrier film; Excellent Artwork
Disadvantages: Fuzzy edges to the colour borders; Poor register (Colour Alignment); Poor instruction sheet printing
Recommendation: Recommendation Withheld

Reviewed by Mick Evans

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Blue Sky Models is a new player on the block in the aftermarket decal industry. They have produced an attractive scheme for the BAE Hawk T.1A but the first sheet sent has a few quality issues.

The decals are printed with good colour saturation but poor register. The colours are just simply slightly misaligned and this becomes a problem when you view the red and white stripe. The red strip is simply just not in the centre. The decals also look fuzzy like they are out of focus. The carrier film is ultra thin and this means the decals need to be handled carefully and should snuggle down into the surface detail well. The carrier film then should almost totally disappear under a coat of clear. The quality issues may be just a one off as this could be an early production run.


All the data decals are provided as well as the wing walkways. Jon Freeman from the aviation workshop has in done a superb job of the decal artwork and the instruction sheet artwork but is severely let down by the quality of printing. The instruction sheet is printed on A4 paper in what looks to be draft standard colour printing which simply looks washed out and sub-standard.

The scheme is for XX195 of 4FTS. This aircraft is overall BS381C:642 Gloss Black with striking red, white and blue striping from the nose along the spine and over the tail. The BS381C;110 Roundel Blue must be painted on by the modeller first before applying any decals, and a solid area of red decal is supplied for patch up work.

Unfortunately the sheet that I received to review has some serious quality problems and therefore makes it difficult to give a recommendation rating and I will leave that up the discretion of those modellers wishing to build this scheme.

Recommendation Withheld.

Thanks to Blue Sky Models for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2006 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 30 November, 2006
Last updated 29 November, 2006

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