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Kits at War: RAF Bombers


Kits at War Series

Dutch Decals



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Catalogue Number and Description: K4/8 Kits at War series - RAF Bombers
Contents and Media: Decal sheet; b&w placement guide and colour cover
Scale: 1/48
Price: available online from Dutch Decals' website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Wide selection of aircraft types and markings; good colour instructions; well packed; high-quality printing
Recommendation: Recommended


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Dutch Decal is a Netherlands based company that produces 1/72 and 1/48 scale aircraft decals.  Sheet K4/8 provides markings for five WWII twin engine bomber aircraft in RAF markings. 

First is a Bristol Blenheim Mk IV (no serial given) of the Photo Reconnaissance Unit based at RAF Benson in 1941.  The aircraft is in overall PRU finish and the markings consist of: 

·        Type A1 roundels for the fuselage. 

·        Grey LY squadron codes. 

·        Fin flash. 

Next is another Mk IV Blenheim, R3816 of 107 Squadron based at RAF Lechars in March of 1941.  Finish is dark green/dark earth over Night (a very flat black).  Markings consist of: 

·        Type A1 roundels for the fuselage with the white areas “greyed out” 

·        Type B roundels for the upper wings. 

·        Grey OM J squadron codes. 

·        Black R3816 serials 

·        Fin flash, also with the white area “greyed out” 

A B-25 or Mitchell II in RAF parlance is next.  FL 218, EV W of 180 Squadron at RAF Foulsham in July of 1943.  The aircraft retains its U.S. colour scheme of olive drab over neutral grey.  Markings consist of: 

·        Red WE V squadron codes. 

·        Type A1 roundels for the fuselage. 

·        Fin flash. 

·        Nose art consisting of a rampart lion IN RED AND YELLOW with the words “NELLI SECUNDUS”. 

·        Type B roundels for the upper wings. 

·        Fl 218 serial in black. 

·        A red propeller warning stripe. 

Next is TA 471, a De-Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI in post war makings.  The aircraft belonged to 21 Squadron.  Evidently, 21 Squadron operated detachments at both Nurenberg/Furth or Manston and operated a courier service during the period of the “war criminal” trials.  Finish is overall medium sea grey with dark green disruptive camouflage pattern on its upper surfaces.  The spinners are yellow and silver with a thin black band separating the colours.  The use of silver extends to the nose cone which also sports a thin black line separating the fuselage colours.  Markings consist of: 

·        Type A1 roundels in four places. 

·        Yellow and black YH H squadron codes. 

·        21 Squadron insignia for the fin. 

·        Fin flash. 

·        Black TA 471 serial. 

·        The black stripes for the spinners and nose. 

The final aircraft is a Boston III, serial number Z2249 MQ D of 226 Squadron based at RAF Swanton Morely in April 1942.  Advised paint scheme is U.S. dark green/Dark earth over sky.  Markings consist of:

·        Type A1 roundels for the fuselage. 

·        Type B roundels for the upper wings. 

·        Grey MQ D squadron codes. 

·        Black Z2249 serials 

·        Nose art consisting of an angry Donald Duck tossing a bomb. 

·        Fin flash 

·        Red fire extinguisher locations for the rear fuselage. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and contains black and white profiles of both sides of each machine as well as topside plan view of the Boston with further partial top views of the Blenheim and Mitchell.  Each profile is accompanied with a narrative that provides information on the aircraft as well as what model paint to use for the camouflage scheme.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

The cover piece shows a colour profile of each option. 

Recommended kits are the Accurate Miniatures Mitchell, AMT Boston, Tamiya Mosquito and Classic Airframe Blenheim. 

The decals themselves have been printed in Holland by www.decalprint.nl . The decals and placement guide come packed into a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

A nice sheet from Dutch Decals that contains some unusual markings. 


Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Decals for the preview image and information

Preview Text Copyright © 2003 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 05 August, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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