Graf & Grislawski
Decal Sheets in 1/72, 1/48 & 1/32
S u m m a r y
||EagleCal EC# 64, 65, 66 and
67 - Graf & Grislawski
||available in 1/72, 1/48 and
|Contents and Media:
USD$9.00 each for 1/72 and
1/48 sheets; USD$10 for 1/32 scale sheets; available online from
Eagle Editions website
||Good selection of
interesting markings for these significant pilots; well-researched
and accurate; tie-in with the excellent book; high quality instructions; stencil data
included; four subjects per sheet; perfect registration and colour
saturation; minimal carrier film.
Reviewed by Floyd S.
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often ask why do people build so many 109s? These sheets are
indicative as to why, they are colorful and the camouflage is never
latest set of decals from noted aviation historians Jerry and Judy
Crandall at Eagle Editions covers aircraft depicted in the book “Graf
& Grislawski, A Pair of Aces” by Christer Bergstrom and Claes Sundin
(ISBN 0972106049). If you are a Luftwaffe or Bf-109 fan than these
decals are a must. These decals, like the rest of Eagle Editions'
offerings, are well researched and accurate. I had a question as why
one aircraft (Tulip nosed Red or Black 2) in the book wasn’t offered
and Jerry told me it was because they couldn’t be sure of the whole
aircraft camo pattern and markings. That is the level of accuracy and
attention to detail you get from Eagle Editions.
The decals are very thin, opaque and in perfect
register. The aircraft are colorful and cover variants from the E-1
to the G-5/6. The evolution on the 109s flown by these two pilots is
perfect example of the camouflage evolution in the Luftwaffe fighter
arm. There is something here for everybody from RLM 65/02/70 to an
all RLM 76 airplane. If you like yellow noses than you will have to
look no further as there are plenty of them. These aircraft have to
rank up there in the gaudy category. Yellow noses, rudders, wing
stripes, wing tips and large yellow numbers it makes you wonder why
they bothered with camouflage at all.
EC#64 covers four Bf-109F-4 aircraft. All the
machines are in the standard RLM 74/75/76 color scheme. Two machines
by each ace are covered. I particularly liked Graf’s “Yellow 1” with
the 100 kill markings on the tail and the Karaya Staffel emblem below
the cockpit from May 1942. Graf’s “Yellow 1” is also covered for
March 1942 timeframe. Grislawski’s “Yellow 4” and “Yellow 5” are
EC#65 is the next offering and covers the
transitions from the Friedrich to the Gustav. There are two G-2s and
two F-4s with three machines belonging to Grislawski. The coolest
looking aircraft on this sheet is Grislawski’s F-4 with a heavy over
spray of RLM 70 making it look very green. The remaining aircraft
Grislawski’s “Yellow 9” features weird looking squared off numbers and
an all yellow cowling. Another “Yellow 9” this time with the more
traditional numbers, but includes the Karaya heart. Graf’s “Yellow
11” is very similar to Grislawski’s machine.
features a couple of early 109s. The aircraft that catches my eye
here is “Yellow 9” with it’s large sized squared off number and yellow
bands on the wings. There are two versions of this airplane
available. One before the cowling and tail are painted yellow and one
after. For those of you who like unit markings “Black 17” has a
unique marking for 2./Erg JGr. on a RLM 65/02/70 style of camouflage.
The last machine is a G-2 from Graf with heavy mottling and a victory
tally on the tail of over 150. This aircraft also has the Karaya
heart with Inge through it.
EC#67 contains two aircraft per ace and is it
beautiful. The first aircraft to standout is a G-5/6 in an all RLM
76, which is heavily overstayed on most of the markings as well as the
previous camouflage. A G-4 “White 9” of Grislawski is perfect for
those looking for some variation on the Hasegawa G-4 boxing. It has
the Stammkennzeichen on the wings and fuselage and a unique 105
victory markings on the tail. “Yellow 10” of Grislawski is provided
and it is a colorful G-2. The final aircraft is a traditional G-6
with Gruppen Kommodore markings for either Graf or Deiter Hrabak.
There are plenty of gems on these sheets.
I highly recommend all of them. If you haven’t got your copy of “Graf
& Grislawski, A Pair of Aces”, it is a great read and contains loads
of previously unreleased photos. You can order both the book and the
decals from Eagle Editions at
http://www.eagle-editions.com/ or by telephone at
1-800-255-1830. Each 1/72nd and 1/48th scale
sheet is priced at $9.00. 1/32nd decals cost $10.50 each.
Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the preview
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