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||Waterslide decals - 2 decal
sheets plus instructions and notes
||USD$10.50 MSRP (USD$8.96
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; accurate hinomaru; good placement
instructions; explanation of the latest revelations about early
WWII Japanese colours.
||No top plan views in
by Rodger Kelly
Strike's 1/48 scale Pearl Harbor Pt. III is available online from
Pearl Harbour Part III continues Eagle Strike’s journey through the
aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s strike force on Pearl Harbour
on 7 December 1941. This time the focus is on the aircraft that flew
off the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Shokaku. Six aircraft are featured in
all, two A6M2 “Zeros”, two B5N2 “Kates” and two D3A1 “Vals”.
is the A6M2 flown by Lieutenant Yuzo Tukamoto. Finish is overall
Ame-Hiro with an aluminium spinner and a blue-black cowling. Markings
consist of national insignia in all six places, a white cord-wise band
for the tail two white bands around the fuselage, and red tail code of
EII-140. White numeral 140 for the front of the cowl and black numeral
40 for the main gear doors are provided. (The appropriate numerals are
provided for each of the aircraft on the sheet) The placement guide
advises that it has not been confirmed that these were actually
carried but it is nice to have the option provided.
A set of red and blue stripes are provided for both Zeros. These are
placed on the gear doors and, if my memory serves me correctly, they
are maintenance markings.
Next is the A6M2 flown by Lieutenant Takumi Hoashi. Finish is as per
the previous aircraft except is has two white bands for the tail and
the single thin “combat” stripe around the rear fuselage, a red tail
code of EI-121, white 121 for the cowling and black 21 for the gear
The first B5N2 was flown by NAP 1/C Maura Okubo. NAP 1/C Kenzo Sugano
and NAP 3/C Yoshio Ishihara. Finish is as per the Zeros but the upper
surfaces of the wings, fuselage and horizontal stabilizers are painted
in a mottle of dark green. Markings include the white combat stripe, a
single white stripe for the tail, large black numeral 57 for the
undersides of the wings a red tail code of EI-357, white numerals 57
for the cowling and black 57 for the gear door.
The crew of the second B5N2 is not named and it is in the same finish
as the previous one except that its white combat stripe is edged with
a thin red band, the tail code is E1-307, the underwing serial is a
single numeral 7, white 7 for the cowling lip and black 57 for the
The first D3A1 Val was flown by Lieutenant Maseo Yamaguchi and NAP 1/C
Fumio Someno. It is in the same overall Ame-Hio finish with a
blue-black cowl and forward fuselage. Markings are national insignia
in six places, a white combat stripe, two white stripes on the tail
and a red band around the undercarriage spat. White numeral 1s are
provided for the front of the spat.
The second Val was flown by Lieutenant Iwakichi Mifuku and NAP 1/C
Takeo Nobe. Finish is in the same as the previous Val except that has
a single white stripe on the tail white numeral 4s for the front of
the spat and the tail codes are E1-204.
The decals have been printed in Mexico. They are all in perfect
register, thin and have minimal carrier film. A separate sheet
contains the national markings. The markings themselves all measure up
correctly – I have sized them against the appropriate Hasegawa kits
that I have stashed away and I’ll be happy to use them. The shades of
red used also look fine to me. Once they have been applied to the
model and weathered slightly they will look just right.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The placement guide is a full colour double-sided affair. It shows
left hand side profiles of each aircraft as well a bottom view of the
Kate’s wings to show the large ID numerals. There are no plan views of
the Zero or the Val. Not a big deal really, just use the Hasegawa
instruction sheet as your guide.
Speaking of Hasegawa, theirs are the recommended kits to use for this
There is also a smaller sheet of notes provided. This sheet advises
you all about the colour Ame-Hiro. Ame-Hiro is a reasonably new
revelation on how the shade of paint used on WWII Imperial Japanese
Navy aircraft. The discussion advises on interpretations of this
colour and matches against FS 595. It also contains the following
sentence when referring to colour matching Ame-Hiro, and I quote
“Either way you decide, remember it is your model and your
hobby must be fun to you and you alone, whether you are a contest
winner or just the occasional modeller”
Click the thumbnails
below to view the Notes regarding colours in this decal release:
This sheet also provides several web addresses to assist you in
your choice as well as reference for Japanese aircraft and the Pearl
Harbour raid. They are all pages of the
site. A visit is well worth the visit if you are contemplating
building any WWII Japanese aircraft.
This is a good sheet from Eagle Strike.