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NVA Insignia
1/48 scale insignia for East German Aircraft Parts 1 & 2


Fliegerrevue - TOM


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number: 5704 - NVA Insignia 1956-1975
57-5 - NVA Insignia 1975-1990
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: One 155mm x 110mm decal sheet; one double-sided illustrated instruction sheet (in German); one single-sided sheet of history and identification (in English supplied by Linden Hill Imports)
Price: USD$5.50 each from Linden Hill Imports
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very comprehensive coverage of virtually all official (and one non-official) variation of East German military aircraft insignia; useful applications for the many recent Eastern Bloc aeroplanes and helicopters recently released; perfect registration; thin carrier film; bonus "special" markings; different stencil styles supplied for aircraft numbers.
Recommendation: Recommended for any modellers of East German aircraft

Reviewed by Brett Green

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F i r s t L o o k


Eastern Bloc aviation has received plenty of attention from model manufacturers recently.

The last ten years has been especially kind to modellers who like to build Soviet fighters. We have MiG-29 kits, MiG-21s, MiG-19s (including the excellent new Trumpeter kits); MiG-17s and MiG-15 variants.

The East German Air Force (NVA) operated all of these aircraft and many more that are available in plastic. German company Fliegerrevue TOM has produced two limited-edition decal sheets to supply virtually any variation of NVA national markings to East German markings that flew between 1956 and 1990.

The instructions include a remarkable history of the markings, dating from the first waterslide transfers applied to early NVA aircraft, through the development of various stencil versions, up to the final decals as used on MiG-29s and Su-22s. In case anyone was wondering about the emblem in the centre of the NVA markings, it is the national coat of arms comprising a hammer and compass surrounded by a garland of corn.

Also included on the sheets are several different sets of red stencil aircraft numbers. The styles of the numbers themselves are quite consistent, but the stencil breaks varied.

Special markings, in the form of Quality decorations, kill marks (that's right, East German aircraft with kill marks - for the destruction of target drones in the Soviet Union) and others are also provided on the sheets.

The sheets are small but packed with markings. As complex as the many marking variations may seem, the instructions make it quite clear to which aircraft and in which era they apply. The quality of the decals is very high too, with perfect registration and minimal carrier film.

These decals will be a very useful companion to anyone who wants to build East German aircraft in 1/48 scale and, at only USD$5.50 each, there is no reason not to buy both!


Thanks to Linden Hill Imports for the review sample.

Linden Hill Decals are available from Linden Hill Imports' website

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 January, 2003
Last updated 13 February, 2004

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