We have not exactly been knocked down in the rush of
decal companies offering after-market markings for the Spitfire Mk.VII,
so it is nice to see four subjects presented in these new sheets from
red Roo Models.
Red Roo's Spitfire Mk.VII decals are available in both
1/48 and 1/72 scales.
These four high altitude Spitfires saw service with 453
Squadron RAAF in the UK during 1943. 453 Squadron was an Australian
fighter unit equipped with Buffalos during the fall of Singapore.
Survivors returned to Australia and the Squadron was disbanded on 15
March, 1942. In June 1942, the third RAAF fighter Squadron in the UK was
allocated the number 453.
In October 1943, 453 Squadron received three Spitfire
Mk.VII MB high altitude fighters to add to its inventory of Spitfire Vb
LF aircraft. These high altitude interceptors retained the "DU" codes
from their previous custodians, 312 Sqn, RAF. Several replacement
airframes were also delivered in late 1943 and early 1944.
Three of the aircraft covered on Red Roo's decal sheet
are finished in standard day fighter camouflage of Ocean Grey, Dark
Green and Medium Sea Grey, with the usual trimmings. The fourth Spitfire
is in upper surfaces of Medium Sea Grey and lower surfaces of PRU Blue.
single set of Sky squadron codes is supplemented with three separate
aircraft numbers, so the modeller can build any one of the three OG/DG/MSG
aircraft plus the MSG and PRU Blue subject using the supplied code
letters. Only one set of fuselage roundels and fin flashes is included
on the sheet, so if you do want to build two aircraft, you'll have to
source a second set from elsewhere (They're easy enough to find though,
including in the kit!)
The quality of the decals is very good. They are in
register, with fine carrier film.
Instructions are excellent. The history and markings of
each aircraft are covered over seven sheets of A4 paper. Reference
photos support the colour artwork.
Red Roo's Spitfire Mk.VII decals will a welcome addition
to fans of the RAAF, Spitfires or RAF aircraft in general.