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||1/32 scale (also available in 1/72, 1/48
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets and
||Sharp printing, perfect
registration, full stencil data, superbly researched.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
is available online from
There aren’t too many “Doras” that have fascinated
researchers as much as these flamboyant machines. The Me 262s of JV 44
needed protection during their vulnerable take off and landing stages. To
help guard against being shot at by the nervous German flak gunners, red
and white stripes were painted on the aircraft’s undersurfaces.
Four aircraft have been picked out from this
so-called “Papageienstaffel”, and is takes two full decal sheets to
“Red 1”, Fw 190 D-9, W.Nr. 600424
by Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg, April 1945. Slogan – “Sell my clothes I’m going
The upper surfaces carry
a combination of RLM 82 Bright Green and RLM 83 Dark Green. The
instructions suggest RLM 81 could also have been included in the mottling.
RLM 76 Light Blue covers the fuselage sides and all undersurfaces were red
with white stripes.
National markings on the
wings consist of 910mm B6 type white crosses above and the solid black
900mm B1b type below. The fuselage shows the 600mm B3 type crosses with a
530mm H3 Hakenkreuz on the tail.
For those that like
absolute accuracy, EagleCals indicate that the gun cowling was of the
later 3-piece type with no bumps. Nice touch and they point out this
detail on all the subject aircraft where possible!
While the FuG 16 zy and
FuG 25a masts are present, the DF loop antenna and base are not.
“Red 13”, Fw 190 D-9, W.Nr. 213240
Slogan – “In he goes even
though both of us will cry”. Flown by Oblt. Klaus Faber, May 1945.
This is an earlier
production aircraft with RLM 75 Gray-Violet and RLM 83 Dark Green on the
upper surfaces. Again there is the possibility of RLM 81 mottling.
Fuselage sides are RLM 76 Light Blue with the obligatory red and white
striped undersurfaces. Note that this aircraft wore an earlier number
under the “13” and this has been painted out in a colour interpreted as
The wings carried 910mm
B6 crosses on the upper surfaces and the black/white 900mm B3 types on the
undersurfaces. Fuselage sides had the early 800mm B3 types with a 420mm H3
style Hakenkreuz on the tail.
This machine had the DF
loop base but not the antenna and does show the FuG 16zy mast and FuG 25a
antenna. The early 5-piece gun cover is present as is the early type
canopy. EagleCals also point out that there were some bracing wires on
each side of the headrest.
“Red 3”, Fw 190 D-9, W.Nr. unknown
Slogan – “By Order of
State Railway”. Flown by Hptm. Waldemar Wubke, May 1945.
RLM 82 Bright Green and
RLM 82 Dark Green were applied to the upper surfaces with a possibility of
a mottle of RLM 81 Brown-Violet.
The fuselage side was
covered in the enigmatic Green-Blue with the engine panels in RLM 76 Light
consisted of the small B3 type 600mm black/white crosses on the fuselage
and 420mm H3 style Hakenkreuz on the tail.
Upper and lower wing
surfaces carry the white B6 910mm and 900mm B3 black/white crosses
All antennas are present
on this machine and it displays the late 3-piece gun cowling.
“Red 4”, Fw 190 D-11, W.Nr. 170933 (?), May 1945.
– “The next Man the same Woman”
This rare machine carries
RLM 83 Dark Green and RLM 75 Gray-Violet on the upper surfaces. Again it
is possible that RLM 81 was used as a mottle on the fuselage sides. The
base colour on the fuselage was RLM 76 Light Blue with the undersides
striped red and white.
The tail had the H3 420mm
Hakenkreuz and the fuselage sides the 800mm B3 black/white cross. The
wings carried the expected 910mm B6 crosses on the upper surfaces and
probably B3 900mm black/white cross underneath.
As this is a D-11,
EagleCals thoughtfully let you know the differences between the D-9 and
the D-11. Markings from a previous life are faintly visible on the
fuselage side, these being “<58” in white. Thankfully these are provided.
The comprehensive instruction sheet clearly shows the
placement of all markings and is enhanced by the lovely artwork of Thomas
A. Tullis. A separate set of illustrations show the placement of the
stencil data and a full list of appropriate references is also given.
Everything you need to produce one of these aircrafts
is present. From the accurate markings to the full compliment of stencil
data applicable to the individual aircraft, nothing is left wanting.
The research is second to none with an attention to
detail a microbiologist would be happy with.
Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the information and
the preview images
EagleCals decals are
available from Eagle Editions
or Hobby Retailers including Squadron.com.