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Model Alliance Premier Range

CH-146 Griffin

Canadian Armed Forces SAR & 427 Sqn 60th Anniversary scheme


1/48 scale



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Scale: Model Alliance Premier Range 1/48 MAS-4890005 - Sikorsky CH-146 Griffin Canadian Armed Forces SAR & 427 Sqn 60th Anniversary scheme
Contents and Media: 1 x full sized decal sheet; two A4 sized full colour instructions
Price: GBP£8.80 available online from The Aviation Workshop website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent colour reference sheet, thin carrier film, crisply printed; perfect register; excellent instructions
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Mick Evans

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Model Alliance continues with their line depicting a Canadian Armed Forces 60th anniversary schemes this time focussing on the CH-146 Griffin in 2004.

The decals are designed for the Italeri UH-1N kit but the kit will require some modification to depict a Canadian CH-146. Model Alliance recommends using the Belcher Bits conversion set to complete the modifications but do not list the part numbers required. The decals are superbly printed with good colour saturation and register. As usual the carrier film is ultra thin and my experience with Model Alliance Decals in the past has been that the decals have to be handled carefully and snuggle down into the surface detail well. The carrier film then almost totally disappears.

All the data decals are provided as well as the wing walkways. Markings are provided for 2 aircraft the first Serial No 146493 is painted in the high visibility SAR Colours of FS33538 Insignia Yellow and FS31136 Insignia Red. The aircraft is depicted in 2005 and has high visibility nation insignia and data markings. The second aircraft is from No 427 Sqn serial no 146400 depicted in the 2002 60th anniversary scheme of overall FS17038 Gloss Black. This aircraft has a Lion’s head emblem painted on the starboard side with the wording “Ferte Certas Manus” just behind the main cabin door while a bomber (looks to be a Wellington) captured in searchlights with the motif “Target For Tonight” is painted on the port side of the fuselage just behind the main cabin door.

All national markings and data stencilling are painted in the high visibility colours.

Jon Freeman has once again done a superb job of the decal artwork and the instruction sheet artwork. Three thumbnail size photographs of the aircraft are included on the back cover of the instruction sheet.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK)  for the review sample

Model Alliance products are available online from the Aviation Workshop.

Review Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
Page Created 24 May, 2006
Last updated 25 May, 2006

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