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Marauding Havocs

Part 2 - A-20/F-3

Eagle Strike Decals, 1/48 scale
 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eagle Strike 48-203 - Marauding Havocs Part 2
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals - Decal sheet plus instructions and notes
Price: MSRP USD$10 available from Aeromaster's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film;
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended


R
eviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Marauding Havocs Part 2
is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

Sheet 48203 from Eagle Strike Productions provides markings for two Douglas A-20 Havocs: 

F3-A (the photographic version of the A-20J) 44-39440 'Robert E. Lee II' of the 9th Air Force's 155th Night Photo Squadron, 10th Photo Group that was based in Middle Wallop, in the United Kingdom.  The aircraft is camouflaged in olive drab over neutral grey camouflage with medium green 42 in an irregular wavy pattern applied to the leading and trailing edges of the wings, horizontal and vertical stabilisers (to break up the out line of the aircraft).  The supplied markings are: 

Nose art that comprises a confederate flag with the words 'Robert E. Lee II' on a yellow banner.  This marking was applied to both sides of the aircraft and a third 'handed' version of the marking is supplied.  Your choice! 

Yellow serial,  

A set of blue bordered stars and bars national insignia, 

Black data block,  

Upper wing walkways and fuel filler points, 

Propeller logos and stencils, and 

Red fire extinguisher panels. 

A-20B 41-3171 'Lady Jean' of the 47th Bomb Group 12th Air Force based at Youks Les Bain, in Algeria in December of 1942.  The machine is finished in olive drab over neutral grey camouflage and wears the early war white star on a blue circle background national insignia.  The supplied markings include: 

Yellow serial, 

Nose art comprising a skull 'thumbing his nose' on a dark blue background, 

A set of white star on blue circle background national insignia, 

Three US flags, a large one for the underside of the left wing and smaller ones for either side of the vertical stabiliser, 

Black data block, 

Upper wing walkways and fuel filler points, 

Propeller logos and stencils, and 

Red fire extinguisher panels. 

The decals have been printed by Microscale and are well up to the standard we expect from this premier decal printing company.  Apart from the propeller logos, everything is in perfect register.  Eagle Strike has identified the problem with the propeller logos and a further set, in perfect register, is supplied as on an errata sheet. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows left hand side profiles of each option as well as plan views of the upper surfaces of the wings for both options. 

The decals and the placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-lock bag. 

The recommended kits are the AMT/Ertl ones. 

A nice sheet from Eagle Strike Productions. 

Recommended.

Thanks to AeroMaster / Eagle Strike Products for the review sets


On-line sales are available from the AeroMaster Products / Eagle Strike Productions web site.
 


Review TextCopyright 2006 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 January, 2006
Last updated 17 January, 2006

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