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208 Sqn RAF 90th Year 2006 Anniversary Scheme Hawk


1/48 scale

Blue Sky Models


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Blue Sky Models BSM48-102
208 Sqn RAF 90th 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; Good register
Disadvantages: Fuzzy edges to the blue yellow colour borders on main decal; Poor instruction sheet printing
Recommendation: Recommendation Withheld

Reviewed by Mick Evans

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This is the second sheet from Blue Sky Models as a new player on the block in the aftermarket decal industry. They have once again produced an attractive scheme for the BAE Hawk T.1A and is an improvement over the first sheet but still has a few quality issues.

The decals are printed with good colour saturation and good register. The decals still look a bit fuzzy like they are bit 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.

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 XX205 of 208 Sqn. This aircraft is overall BS381C:642 Gloss Black with a striking yellow and blue chevron over the tail and along the fuselage.


Another smaller yellow and blue chevron is located on each side of the nose. A large 90th anniversary logo is painted on the tail with 1916-2006 painted above.

Once again the sheet that I received to review has some 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.

The main problem is the demarcation between the yellow and blue on the large decals which are very fuzzy but could be fixed simply cutting the two colours and removing the fuzzy area. This will require some patience and may make decal application over such a large area easier.

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 30 November, 2006

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