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UK Air Arm Venoms



Euro Decals


1/72 & 1/48 scales



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Euro Decals ED48-105 and ED72-105 UK Air Arm de Havilland Venoms.
Scale: available in 1/72 and 1/48 scales
Contents and Media: 2 decal sheets each, 220mm X 150mm and 150mm X 115mm for 1/48 scale, 150mm X 110mm and 110mm X 75mm for 1/72 scale plus 2 double sided A5 decal placement sheets with left and right profiles of 9 aircraft and upper and lower views.
Price: 1/72 scale £7.95
1/48 scale £11.95 both available online post-free from Fantasy Printshop
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Printed by the Fantasy Printshop with the high quality that we've come to expect from them, perfect register, colour density and minimum carrier film.
Disadvantages: Colour artwork is a bit on the dark side.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Glen Porter

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Euro Decals is a new name to me, but I am quite familiar with Fantasy Printshop. Their reputation for quality decals is well known. These new decal sheets in 1/72 and 1/48 scale for RAF Venoms are no exception with all markings for nine aircraft on one sheet and the black under-wing serials on the other. Two of the subjects even have Squadron Shields and these are done in two parts with the gold leaf on one decal and the colour on the other. Very nice indeed.

Single and twin seat de Havilland Venoms, the subject of these sheets, is a bit odd though. As far as I know, there are no good Venom models on the market in either scale, but all is not lost as I am told that Classic Airframes has Venoms on their “To Do” lidt in 1/48 scale and if that comes to pass there's a chance Special Hobby may follow suite with one in 1/72. I've seen this happen before, while reviewing some decals and wondering why? Then a month later out pops the very model. It would seem that the decal manufacturers know a bit more than us mere mortals.

Okay, mere mortal, back to the review.

There are seven single-seaters from various Squadrons, with all those beaut colourful flashes, in Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey uppers and PRU Blue undersides with a small caption detailing Squadron, location and year. Then there are two two-seat night-fighters again with those colourful Squadron flashes and captions in Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey uppers and Medium Sea Grey underside.

There's only one thing I can criticize with this set. As a regular reviewer on Hyperscale, I sometimes get decals to review that I don't have a model for. Often the artwork is good enough to inspire me to run out and buy one just so I can use them. The artwork in this set does not have that effect on me. It's too dark - the demarcation between green and grey on the upper surfaces is almost lost. I think this is probably the fault of the printing process rather than the artist. This really is a bit of a nitpick as it doesn't interfere with the marking as they are all visible in the art-work.

The above minor gripe and the lack of good models to use them on, not with-standing, I would recommend this set to any modeller with an interest in early post-war jets.


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Euro Decals are available online via Fanstasy Printshop's website

Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Page Created 14 August, 2006
Last updated 14 August, 2006

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