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||Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
USD$10.50 MSRP from
Aeromaster/Eagle Strike website
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; good placement
instructions; subjects not available elsewhere in decal form
by Rodger Kelly
Strike's 1/48 scale Blue Nose Birds of Bodney Pt. V
is available online from
This is the final sheet in
Eagle Strike Productions six-part coverage of the 352nd
Fighter Group – The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney.
IP4810 provides markings for
two P-51Bs and a singe P-51D. The individual aircraft and their
markings are as follows:
Henry White's 'Dallas Darling', 43-6934, a P-51B-10, of the
328th Fighter Squadron. The machine is in olive drab
over neutral grey with white theatre bands over the wings and
horizontal stabilizers (not supplied) and the blue nose and spinner
group marking. The supplied markings consist:
squadron code and H individual aircraft code.
aircraft serial for the fin and rudder (supplied as a one piece
A data block
with the correct serial number (as are all of them on the sheet)
Nose art in
the form of a reclining bikini-clad girl on a white cloud and
the name 'Dallas Darling' in yellow with a red outline.
ground crew's names in white.
P-51B-10 42-106483, 'Miss
Lace'; flown by Lieutenant Donald Mc Kibben from the
486th Fighter Squadron. The machine is in natural metal
finish with black theatre bands over the wings and horizontal
stabilisers (not supplied) and the remains of an olive drab
anti-glare panel and the blue nose and spinner group marking. The
supplied markings comprise:
PZ codes and individual aircraft code letter Y.
aircraft serial for the fin and rudder, again, supplied as one
Nose art in
the form of a reclining scantily clad woman in a red jacket,
panties and high heels, and the name 'Miss Lace'. The
name is supplied as two-part decals in red and blue (blue over
the red) to counter any register problems.
A data block.
The final option is
'Super Mouse'/Sweet Sue' 44-11626, an early P-51K-5 piloted by
Lieutenant Robert W. Dodd of the 328th Fighter
Squadron. This aircraft is in overall natural metal with the blue
nose and spinner group marking and a red rudder. The supplied
markings enable you to depict the aircraft at various times during
its life and the placement guide advises you of the variations. The
supplied markings consist:
squadron codes and individual aircraft letter Z.
aircraft serial for the fin and rudder.
comprising a cartoon flying mouse carrying a bomb and a .50
Calibre machine gun on a yellow background. The marking is
supplied in the two different forms that the aircraft wore at
different times, and the name Sweet Sue' in yellow with a
Red dots for
the rudder trim tab. This marking is supplied as a silver decal
with red spots to simulate the natural metal of the trim tab
Pilots name in
white for the canopy rail.
propeller logos (two-piece decal).
A data block.
thin black lines for the upper surfaces of the wings.
Apparently these were aiming marks (for ground attack perhaps?)
and applied to the aircraft with black tape.
The sheet incorporates a
complete set of national insignia for each aircraft as well as 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 by Cartograf. As with other Cartograf sheets, the
printing is in perfect register and sharply printed. Cartograf
decals are not as easy to use as the ones from Microscale. Use
plenty of settling agent and lots of patience and you will get the
same results though. The decals and placement sheet come packed in
a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The placement guide is A-4
in size and shows side profiles of each 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
explained. This sheet also includes an A-4 sized sheet printed on
both sides that advises on the markings/colours of 'Super
Mouse/Sweet Sue' and the life and times of its pilot, Lieutenant
Robert (Bobby) W. Dodds.
The recommended kits are the
Tamiya P-51B and P-51D.