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||Blue Sky Models BSM48-101
85th Year 2006 Anniversary Scheme Hawk
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decal sheets plus
||Available by mail order from:
Blue Sky Models, 18 Maeshyfryd Road, Holyhead, Anglesey, Gwynedd, LL65,
||Good colour saturation; Thin carrier
film; Excellent Artwork
||Fuzzy edges to the colour borders;
Poor register (Colour Alignment); Poor instruction sheet printing
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.
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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