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||Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
||USD$10.50 MSRP (USD$8.96
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; accurate hinomaru; good placement
by Rodger Kelly
Strike's 1/48 scale Blue Nose Birds of Bodney Pt. IV
is available online from
Eagle Strike Productions
continue their extensive coverage of the 352nd Fighter
Group – The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney - with this sheet which is
part four in a series of six.
IP4810 provides markings for
three P-51Bs that, as far as I'm aware, have not been produced in
decal form before.
first option is Colonel John C. Myer's "Lambie II', 42-106471,
a P-51B-10, of the 487th Fighter Squadron. The machine is
in overall natural metal with black theatre bands over the wings and
horizontal stabilizers and the blue nose and spinner group marking.
The placement guide also advises that the leading edge gun panel may
have been painted red as well. The supplied markings consist:
- Black HO squadron code and
M individual aircraft code.
- Black 42-106471 aircraft
serial for the fin and rudder. These are supplied as one piece
- Red Maltese Cross 'kill
- A data block with the
correct serial number (as are all of them on the sheet)
- A series of small red
vertical stripes (21 of them) that are to be applied to the upper
left hand side of the engine cowling. I'm not sure what these
markings are supposed to represent.
- The name 'Lambie II'.
This marking is supplied in two different forms as there is doubt as
to the colouring of the original.
- Pilot's and Crew Chief's
names in black.
Next up is P-51B-10 42-106472,
'The Flying Scot II/Vicious Vergie j.q of the 486th
Fighter Squadron. Apparently this aircraft was flown by both
Lieutenant Murdoch Cuningham and Lieutenant Carleton Furman. It is in
natural metal finish with D-Day stripes over the wings and fuselage
with the blue nose and spinner group marking. The supplied markings
- Black squadron PZ codes and
individual aircraft code letter D. The squadron codes have been
abbreviated as they were over painted by the D-Day markings. The
individual aircraft code letter D incorporates a dot to the right of
it. Whilst the D is shown on the placement guide the dot marking is
not. The left hand side D is incorporated into the 'Flying Scot
II' marking to make it a one-piece decal.
- Black 42-106472 aircraft
serial for the fin and rudder, again, supplied as one piece decals.
- A scoreboard consisting of
three black Maltese Cross kill markings and 65 brooms to signify
'fighter sweeps' completed.
- The names 'The Flying
Scot II' and 'Vicious Vergie j.q' 'The Flying Scot
II' is for the left hand side and 'Vicious Vergie j.q'
for the right hand side. The names are supplied as two-part decals
in red and black to counter any register problems.
- A data block.
The final option is 'Hot
Stuff' 42-106661, a P-51B-10 piloted by Major William O. Jackson
of the 486th Fighter Squadron. This aircraft is in overall
natural metal with black theatre bands on the wings and horizontal
stabilizers and the blue nose and spinner group marking. The supplied
- Black PZ squadron codes and
individual aircraft letter J.
- Black 42-106661 aircraft
serial for the fin and rudder.
- The name 'Hot stuff'
in yellow and white.
- Nose art in the form of a
Vargas style girl. This decal incorporates the data block, a single
Maltese Cross kill marking and the names of the pilot and ground
The sheet incorporates a
complete set of national insignia for each aircraft and two very
complete sets of stencil data. These latter items appear to be
reprints of the AeroMaster single stencil data sheets.
The decals themselves have
been 'Printed in the USA' but there is no hint as to the identity of
the printer. My bet is that it was Microscale. If it wasn't then
whoever was responsible has done a very good job as everything is in
perfect register and is sharply printed. The decals and placement
sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The placement guide is A-4 in
size and shows left hand side profiles of each option as well as a
scrap view of the right hand side of the nose of the second option.
The tops and bottoms of the wings are also shown as is a complete
guide to stencil data placement which includes the propeller. A short
discourse on the 352nd Fighter Group is also included. It
includes a discussion on the blue used for the nose markings and
advises that the shades varied between medium blue for the P-51Bs and
a darker blue for the P-51Ds. The origins of the red and white
barber's pole markings seen on the Groups aircraft are also
The recommended kit is the
This is a very good sheet from