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RAAF, RAF Lancaster

 

1/72 scale

 

Kits at War

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: K7/15 Kits at War series - RAAF. RAF Lancaster
Contents and Media: 1 x full sized decal sheet; 1 x small ALPS printed sheet with nose art; b&w placement guide and colour cover
Scale: 1/72
Price: 8,95 available online from Kits at War website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nice selection of variants and nose art; thin carrier film; excellent colours; bonus markings for Lightning.
Disadvantages: Black and white instruction sheet (but colour instructions are available on Kits at War website)
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook



Whether you are a fan of the Lancaster, or an RAAF aficionado, Kits at War's latest release will be very appealing.

This excellent sheet includes markings for ten Lancasters, including seven from 460 Squadron RAAF.

Markings for the eleven aircraft are as follows,

  • Lancaster B. Mk.VI ND673, fitted with Merlin 28 engines (so the Paragon conversion will be required). Pathfinder aircraft with faired-over nose turret.

  • Lancaster B. Mk.I PD328, Empire Air Navigation School. This aircraft has an astrodome replacing the mid-upper turret, and has "bars" on each side of its RAF fuselage roundels.

  • Lancaster B. Mk.I PD328, Empire Air Navigation School. This is presumably the same aircraft as above after conversion to Lancastrian specifications. This aircraft is finished in overall natural metal and will need the Magna Models Lancastrian conversion.

  • Next are seven Lancaster Mk.I and Mk.IIIs of 460 Squadron RAAF based at Binbrook in England during September 1943. All of these aircraft feature bomb logs and nose art in addition to standard RAF markings. Specific aircraft are:

    • AR A2

    • AR C

    • AR E

    • AR H

    • AR H2

    • AR N

    • AR L

    Now, all of these together that would make a spectacular diorama!

  • Bonus markings are also supplied for a single P-38 J that was used for experimental flights with bomber formations.

 


The main decal sheet features thin carrier film and very good colour definition. Registration on my sample is perfect. The supplementary decal sheet with nose art is equally well printed, but you will need to cut out the individual markings before they are applied to the model.

The decals should fit either the new Hasegawa or the old (but still very respectable) Airfix kit.

Highly Recommended

 

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Decals for the review sample


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This Page Created on 25 November, 2005
Last updated 30 November, 2005

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