S u m m a r y
||Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe
- 72-006 Part 1 and 72-007 Part 2
|Contents and Media:
||Each set has an A5 sized,
two page card instruction sheet with four port side profiles;
notes for each aircraft including some history; upper and lower
views of the subjects including starboard side views where the
marking are different; a full page stencil placement drawing;
two decal sheets (one, 140X110mm, has all the main marking for
each aircraft and the other, 90X70mm, has the stencils).
||Unknown at this time
||Colourful and interesting
subjects; well printed (including metallic gold) and in register;
detailed stencil data supplied; great coverage of an otherwise
HyperScale is proudly supported by
by Glen Porter
These sheets, by Lifelike Decals, have already been released in
1/48 scale and have been reviewed by Roger Kelly here on Hyperscale.
In that review, Roger criticized the red colour in some of the
national markings and Lifelike admitted they had made a mistake in
their research. I can find no fault with the red in any of the 1/72
scale examples so I have to assume that Lifelike has corrected the
error. That doesn't give me much to talk about.
would suggest, if you want more info on exactly what's in each
sheet, read Roger's highly
detailed review, just ignore the bit about the red. It is
not relevant here.
The decals themselves are printed by Microscale so they all have
perfect register, colour density and minimum carrier film as you
would expect. Not much more I can say there.
All eight aircraft are Mk.XVIe bubble tops and the kit recommended
by Lifelike is the Heller Mk. XVI.
Now, it's not so long ago that modellers were complaining that there
were no good Mk.IX/XVI razorbacks in 1/72 scale on the market and
others where going to great lengths to write articles on kit-bashing
the Heller Mk.XVIe with other kits to get one.
Now the situation is reversed. We have the excellent Hasagawa
Mk.VIII/IX razorback and, lets face it, the Heller kit is getting a
bit long in the tooth. Of course, it would not be hard to convert
the Hasagawa kits from razer back to bubble top but you would still
have the “E” wing to contend with. As far as I know, all the
Hasagawa kits have the “C” wing.
I think it would be a shame to waste these excellent decals on the
old but sill accurate Heller kit. I would prefer to wait in the hope
that some-one will either produce a conversion or a brand new kit of
the bubble top Spitfire Mk.XVIe.
Thanks to Keishiro Nagao of Lifelike Decals for the
Decals are available by email at
Katsushika, Tokyo 125-0061, Japan