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Number and Description:
FLD48-02 - Canadian
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
||USD$10.25 / CDN$15.50 per
||Lots of variation and colour;
sufficient roundels and stencils for all three subject aircraft;
||No Hamilton Standard 10’8”
prop, sans spinner, currently available as an after-market
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by
FLIGHTDECS, one of the best sources for decals in
North America, and probably in the world, is now producing its own
This second offering is a great subject,
especially as FLIGHTDECS is a Canadian based operation. There are
marking for two Canadian built Hurricane Mk XII’s (IIB) and one
Hurricane Mk. IIC flown by a Canadian in the RAF. For something a
little different, all three aircraft have a bit of “nose art”. The
best part of the sheet is that there are enough roundels, stencils,
etc. for three complete aircraft. The stenciling is also very
complete, something unusual in a Hurricane decal set.
There is one sad note about this offering, the sheet is dedicated to
the memory of Jim Lyzun, one of the co-founders of FLIGHTDECS.
Whenever people would ask in a posts where is the best place to get an
obscure set of decals, I would always respond with “contact the guys
at Thunder Bay”. Since January 28, 2003, it has been the guy at
Mk. XII (Mk. IIB);
No. 135 “Bulldog” Squadron, RCAF
This Squadron was part of the Home Defense
Establishment and was responsible for the defense of the West Coast of
Canada until it was disbanded on September 10, 1945. The Squadron was
established at Mossbank, Saskatchewan on June 15, 1942 and flew
Hurricanes until May, 1944, when it was reequipped with the Kittyhawk
Mk. IV. This aircraft, coded S, serial 5412, in Dark Green, Dark Earth
and Sky is unusually marked in that it carried the bright red for the
A1 fuselage roundels and fin flash. It also had the “Fighting Bulldog’
nose art. This aircraft had the Hamilton Standard 10’8” propeller
without the spinner.
Hurricane Mk. IIC;
No. 213 “Hornet” Squadron, RAF
This aircraft, coded AK*U, serial BE643, was
flown by A.U. “Bert” Houle (DFC) in the Spring of 1942. Houle was one
of five Canadian pilots who joined No. 213 sq. in Nicosia, Cyprus in
September, 1941. No. 213 Sq. operated out of Edku, Egypt in the
defense of Alexandria. The aircraft is painted in Dark Earth,
Mid-Stone and Azure Blue. It carries A1 fuselage roundels and the
early style fin-flash. The interesting marking on this aircraft is the
Hornet emblem of the Squadron painted on the center of the fuselage
roundels; a small, but interesting touch. The spinner is white with a
small red tip.
Hurricane Mk. XII (Mk. IIB)
No. 13 Photo Squadron, RCAF
No. 13 Squadron was formed from No. 1 Photo
Flight (RCAF), an experimental Photo Recon unit sponsored by the RAF.
It appears that it was (re)formed unofficially on May 15, 1944 (Prior
to June 29, 1942, when it was disbanded, No. 13 Squadron was an
Operational Training Unit). The unit was a photographic survey unit,
based at Rockcliffe, ON, and charged with photo-mapping of Canada.
This aircraft, un-coded, serial 5625, appears to be a locally modified
Mk. XII, such that three cameras were installed in the belly just aft
of the radiator. The camera ports were protected by a piece of “L”
shaped stock just in front of the ports. Making the modification
should be relatively easy, as the arrangement is shown on the
instructions. The aircraft is unusual in that the Dark Green and Dark
Earth topside is not in the usual pattern. The underside is Sky. Also
unusual are the fuselage roundels which look more like type A1, even
though it carried the late style fin-flash. The nose art on this
aircraft is a buzzard holding a camera. Like the first aircraft, this
aircraft carried the Hamilton Standard prop without the spinner cap.
For fans of Canadian aircraft and pilots, this
should be a much welcomed sheet, especially as the nose art (and
roundel art) provides for something a little different.
There is only one draw back and it does not have
to do with the decals themselves. When will Ultracast issue a Hamilton
Standard 10’8” prop, sans spinner, for the Hasegawa Hurricane!?!
Anyone know of an alternative?
This is a great set, and looks like a great
beginning for the FLIGHTDECS line of decals.
The decals may be ordered directly from FLIGHTDECS
Thanks to FLIGHTDECS for the review
Review Copyright © 2003
by Steven "Modeldad"
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