||DD32004 - P-40s in
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
from Data Decals website
||Worthy donor kit;
great selection of colourful options; informative instructions and
helpful diagrams; well-printed decals in perfect register; minimal and thin
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More 1/32 scale P-40 decals from the Polish company Data
Decals. This time they focus on five aircraft of the Russian VVS (Army Air
The individual aircraft and their markings are as follows:
as flown by Lieutenant Alexey Khobstov of the 20th
GIAP (Guards Fighter Regiment).
The markings depict the aircraft as it appeared on 8 April 1942. The machine is
in olive drab over neutral grey which has been over sprayed with white
distemper. The supplied markings include:
Individual aircraft number 58 in white.
A scoreboard that comprises eight 'kill'
markings. This marking is provided in two different forms, firstly as eight
individual red stars and as eight red stars with a thin white border on a
red rectangular background. The accompanying notes to the placement guide
advise that profiles exist showing this aircraft wearing both forms of
markings so Data Decals have provided both of them – your choice!
Small red star national insignia for the
P-40B AH975 as tested at TsAGI (Central
Aero-Hydrodynamics Institute) in 1941. Finish is advised as being dark
green, dark earth upper surfaces over sky undersurfaces with a white tail band.
The original British national insignia has been over painted with fresh paint of
a different shade and the Russian red star national insignia (in six positions)
has been applied on top of it. The supplied markings comprise:
P-40B AH965 of the 126 IAP (Fighter
Air Regiment), flown by Lieutenant S.G. Ridnyi in the Moscow area in
1941. Finish is dark green, dark earth upper surfaces over sky undersurfaces
with a white fuselage band. The upper surfaces have been over sprayed in white
and are slightly weathered. Supplied markings comprise:
P-40B of 154 IAP in the
Leningrad area in 1942. Finish is dark green, dark earth upper surfaces over
sky undersurfaces with a (probable) white spinner. Supplied markings comprise:
- White 75 individual aircraft number.
The odd man out of the sheet, P-40E of 154 IAP flown by a
Major Pokryshev. Finish is also dark green, dark earth upper surfaces over sky
undersurfaces with a (probable) white spinner. Supplied markings comprise:
A Scoreboard of 15 stars. Two different
styles of this scoreboard are supplied. The first one is with all white
stares and the second one has nine yellow stars, and six red stars – no
explanation as to why the two styles are provided.
White 65 individual aircraft number.
White star national insignia for the vertical
stabilizer/rudder. The white star needs to be applied first so as to give a
thin white border once the red star has been applied over the top of it.
A single set of red star national insignia is supplied to
share between all the machines on the sheet. Stencil data is confined to a
single set of propeller blade data.
The decals themselves are superbly printed, in perfect
register and the colours appear to be dense enough to survive application over
division between camouflage colours without showing through. They are very thin
with a minimum of film surrounding each subject. If I had to make a comparison
to other decal manufacturers, I would have to say Superscale.
The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows full colour
illustrations of the upper and lower surfaces of each option as well as a side
profile. The sheet also provides a legend that matches each colour to FS 595A.
There is also a further printed sheet that provides notes to each aircraft as
well as a short discourse on the US colours that Curtiss used to match the RAF
specified colours. This further sheet also contains a list of references used
to produce the sheet.
This is another nice sheet from Data Decals.
If you are contemplating building any of these options
or, in fact, any aircraft of the VVS and want to get it right, take a trip to
Matt Bittner's ‘Modelling the VVS 1930 – 1945 at
http://vvs.hobbyvista.com/sitenav.php You will be glad you did!
Thanks to Data Design for the review sample.
Data Decals' MiG-3 Decals are available from
website at http://www.datadecals.com.pl
and from hobby outlets
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