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||N/A - Mustang Mk IV
442 'Caribou' Squadron RCAF
|Contents and Media:
non-IPMS Canada Members or
CAN$15.00 for IPMS Canada Members available from IPMS Canada
||Resin louvres supplied for
four aircraft; great schemes and
interesting markings; sufficient national markings for three
models; sharp and clear printing; perfect register; minimal
carrier film; good instructions
||"Dallas hood" also required
(eg Squadron vac form)
by Rodger Kelly
HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron.com
Sweating Beaver decals are
produced by IPMS Canada. Being Canadian, they tend to concentrate
their efforts towards aircraft flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
This sheet concentrates on a
single squadron at a single point in time and provides markings for
four P-51 Mustangs, or in the parlance of the RCAF Mustang Mk IVs, of
442 'Caribou' Squadron. The markings depict the aircraft when they
provided escort to the naval force that liberated the Channel Islands
following the German surrender on 9 May 1945. The individual aircraft
Mustang Mk IVA (P-51K 44-11497) flown by Squadron Leader Mitchell
Johnston. The aircraft is in overall natural metal finish. The
spinner is yellow with a black tip and the anti-glare panel and canopy
frame are yellow with a thin dark blue outline. Markings comprise:
Yellow and black Y2 (squadron) and A
(individual aircraft within squadron) codes. These markings are
two-part decals with the corresponding black code being placed on top
of a yellow one to give the yellow edging.
KH729 serial in black
A Squadron Leader's pennant. This is
also a two-part decal to combat register problems.
Small RCAF 'overseas' roundels for
both sides of the fin
KH680, Mustang MK IVA (P-51K
44-1383) the 'Edmonton Special' flown by Pilot Officer A.J. Mallandine.
This machine is in the standard RAF 'temperate scheme' of dark
green/ocean grey upper surfaces over medium sea grey lower surfaces
with an 18"sky rear fuselage band and yellow leading edges (outboard
and including the machine gun panel) to the wings. The spinner,
anti-glare and canopy framing are in yellow as per the previous
aircraft but lack the blue edging. Markings comprise:
White 'Edmonton Special' title.
Two-part yellow and sky Y2-B codes.
KH680 serial in black.
Mustang Mk IVA (P-51K 44-12395) flown by Wing Commander James Storrar.
The aircraft is in highly polished overall natural metal finish with a
light blue anti-glare and a lighter blue (perhaps faded?) canopy frame
that both have thin blue edging. The windscreen framing as well as
the carburettor intake and a thin stripe around the nose are in dark
blue. Markings comprise:
Two part light and dark blue codes.
As per RAF custom, these codes are the Wing
Commander Storrar's initials.
Two-part Wing Commander's pennant.
Black KM232 serial.
The final option is KH661
(P-51D 44-11188) flown by Flying Officer P. Bremner. The aircraft is
in the same RAF temperate scheme as the second machine and the
individual markings consist of:
Sky Y2 Ė C codes.
Small RCAF 'overseas' roundels for
both sides of the fin.
KH661 serial in black.
National insignia markings for
all aircraft comprise 36"Type C1 fuselage roundels with 40" type C
roundels on the upper surfaces of the wings and 32" Type C roundels on
the lower surfaces of the wings and a 24" x 27" fin flash. Enough
national insignia are provided to produce three complete aircraft.
The decal sheet itself is
printed by Microscale. They are thin and have minimal film
surrounding each design. Everything is in perfect register, sharp and
peculiarity of Mustangs operated by Commonwealth squadrons (RAAF 3
Squadron ones included- though not all of them) is that they sported a
louvered panel that was mounted over the
perforated engine cowl breather panels. Four sets of these louvered
panels are included with the decals.
The sheet includes a two sided
A-4 sized placement sheet that sport coloured left hand side profiles
of each option on the front as well as black and white top views on
A further double sided A-4
sized sheet provides comprehensive information on each option and
records the particular peculiarities of its markings and paint
scheme. Further information is provided on the interior colours and
finishing practice and equipment fit out of 'British' Mustangs. The
sheet also includes guidance on how to prepare the resin louvre panels
as well as drawings to help you convert the uncuffed Hamilton Standard
prop blades found in the Tamiya 'Korean War' Mustang kit into the Aero
Products propeller worn by the P-51K.
No mention is made of the fact
that you also need to find a 'Dallas Canopy' but these are easily
found in the Hasegawa P-51 kits or from Squadron Signal in their
vacfom replacement series. The Hasegawa kit also has Aero Products
prop blades but they are a tad on the skinny side. Having said that
though I have used them on a couple of Tamiya Mustangs as the Hasegawa
spinner readily fits to the Tamiya kit and they donít really look all
The decal sheet, placement
guide, instruction sheet and resin louvered panels come packed in a
clear plastic zip loc-bag.
A nice package from Sweating
Beaver Decals that provides you with good quality decals and a
well-written, informative placement sheet at a reasonable price. It
gives you great markings and schemes that are not normally seen on
P-51s as well as the resin louvered panels that will no doubt find
their way onto a couple of RAAF 3 Squadron models.
If you want to see what the
finished product looks like, go to the IPMS Canada web site at:
http://www.ipmscanada.com/442teaser.html where there are pics of
first option as well as an article by Randy Lutz on the 'Edmonton
Special' that provides some background on 442 Squadron Mustangs.