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||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheets plus instructions and notes
||USD$8.50 MSRP (USD$7.46
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; original and interesting subjects
||Stencil data almost
non-existent; some no out-of-the-box kit available for any of the
by Rodger Kelly
Strike's 1/48 scale P-40K/N Pt. 3 is available online from
The P-40 truly was a WWII workhorse. Whilst its
performance limitations did not see it employed in the European
theatre of the war it did see extensive service in the Pacific and on
the African, Indian and Asian continents. Eagle Strike Productions
48077 Warhawks Part Three acknowledges this and provides markings for
four aircraft from the Indian and Asian theatres.
is a P-40K as flown by Major Robert Liles out of Chunking, China in
December 1943. Finish is olive drab over neutral grey. Markings
A set of shark mouths complete with eyes.
The name DUKE in white for either side of the nose
A score board that is placed under the windscreen. This
marking is supplied as either a one-piece decal or a two-part one to
address any register issues not that there were any on this sample.
A green dragon on a white background for either side of
White 400 for either side of the fin in place of the
A diving eagle for either side of the rudder
Next is a later P-40N as flown by Major Donald
Quigley out of Kweilin, China in August 1944. Finish is olive drab
over neutral grey with medium green blotches to the edges of the
rudder and wings, horizontal stabilizers as well as a white tipped
spinner. Markings consist of:
A set of shark mouths complete with eyes.
The name RENEE THE QUEEN in white for either side of the
A score board that is placed under the windscreen.
Again, this marking is supplied as either a one-piece decal or a
White 175 for either side of the fin in place of the
The third option is a P-40N as flown by Flight
Officer Samuel E. Harmer out of Moran, India in 1944. Finish is olive
drab over neutral grey with medium green blotches to the edges of the
rudder, horizontal stabilizers and wings. This time the spinner is
blue. Markings consist of:
A white skull with black and red details for either side
of the nose.
The name RUTH MARIE in white for either side of the
fuselage behind the cockpit.
A scoreboard of two kill markings in the form of rising
sun flags that is placed under the windscreen. Again, this marking is
supplied as either a one-piece decal or a two-piece one.
A black rectangle with the pilot and Crew Chiefís names
that is applied beneath the windscreen.
Large white 71 for either side of the fin and rudder.
The decal is supplied with remnants of the previous serial number as a
part of it.
The last aircraft is also a P-40N. This time it
is in Nationalist Chinese markings and was flown by Captain Raymond L.
Callaway out of Liangshan, China in 1944. Finish is olive drab over
neutral grey with medium green blotches to the edges of the rudder and
wings. Markings consist of:
An unusual set of shark mouths complete with eyes.
The name SHIRLEY II in white for either side of the
White 681 and smaller P-11243 for either side of the
A score board of four kill markings. This time they are
the in the form of a red hinomaru on a white background that is placed
under the windscreen. Again, this marking is supplied as either a
one-piece decal or a two-part one.
White 03 squadron ID numbers for the fuselage sides.
The nationalist Chinese blue and white stripes for the
rudder. These decals are a one-piece affair that you apply to either
side of the rudder. A quick dry-fit on the Mauve kit reveals that
they will fit without any problems. The trailing edge of the decal is
a tad large so that you can either trim it off or fold it over.
Should you opt for the latter, previous experience with Eagle Strike
decals that have been printed in Mexico (as these are) reveal that the
white is opaque enough not to show the underlying colour.
There are two sets of U.S. stars and bars and one
set of Nationalist Chinese supplied on the sheet. However, there is
no stencil data whatsoever. As stated above, the decals themselves
have been printed in Mexico. The printing is superb. Everything is
in register and there is minimal carrier film surrounding each of the
designs. Again, previous experience in using the Mexico printed
decals has been good. Whilst they are opaque and strong they are not
thick at all and blend in beautifully under a coat of varnish. They
lay down beautifully and if you leave them to set up overnight they
conform to the surface quite well. Iíve not experienced any adverse
reaction to any settling agents that Iíve used, even the ďlast resortĒ
The Decal placement guide is a full colour A-4
sized sheet that shows left hand side profiles of each aircraft. The
rear of the placement guide shows a generic plan view. Missing from
the plan view is a depiction of the medium green edging to the wings
and horizontal stabilizers. The sheet provides instructions on the
painting of each aircraft and notes on the individual aircraft.
A list of readily available references is also
provided as well as the recommendation of using the Mauve and AMT P-40
Packaging is in the standard clear plastic ziploc
Iíve not seen any of these aircraft produced in
decal form before. A nice original effort from Eagle Strike.