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Description and Item Number:
X72060: TSR.2 as it might have been, Parts 1 and 2
GBP£8.99 (in the European Union)
GBP£7.65 (outside EU)
Contents and Media:
||each 1 x
full-size decal sheet; 1 x A4 full-colour instruction sheet.
of colourful and creative "what if" subjects; perfectly printed and in
very thin decal film.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Xtradecal could have just as easily named these two sheets "TSR.2 -
Flights of fancy" or "The TSR.2 - What if?"
Whatever, Xtradecal X72059 and X72060 provide markings for the yet
to be released Airfix 1/72 scale rendition of the British Aircraft
Corporation's Tactical Strike/Reconnaissance 2 aircraft (BAC
The story of the BAC TSR.2 is long and complex but if you want to
know the full story, head on over to Aircraft of the World website
With this history in your mind, turn over the placement guide (the
notes are the same for both sheets) and read the Xtradecal version
or the "what could have been history", it is perfectly plausible as
well as a bit of fun!
Enough of this and with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek,
what's on the sheets?
First Sheet - X72059
Seven aircraft in all. Remember, the following descriptions are a
work of fiction!
1. TSR.2 GR.1, XS668, 40 Squadron
RAF Hawkinge, 1968. Dark sea grey and dark green over gloss
high demarcation "anti flash" white undersides. The supplied
markings include the Squadron's blue and yellow checkerboard and
broom insignia as well as a well executed Squadron shield.
TSR.2 GR.1, XS992, 45 Squadron RAF Akroti, Cyprus, 1971 Gloss
light stone and gloss dark earth upper surfaces over gloss black
undersides with white canopies and forward spine. Squadron
TSR.2 GR.1, XR227, Empire Test Pilots School, RAF Boscombe Down,
1999 or Aircraft and Armament Experimental
Establishment. In an appealing Raspberry Ripple scheme. The
included markings allow you to finish this one as either an
Empire Test Pilots School machine or an Aircraft and Armament
Experimental Establishment machine by adding or subtracting
TSR.2 GR1, XS947, 13 Squadron RAF Wyton, 1973. Dark sea grey
and dark green over gloss with low demarcation "anti flash"
white undersides. Two versions of squadron insignia included.
Canadair CF-109 (the license-built version of the BAC TSR.2
built in Canada by Canadair). 109034, 421 Squadron, 1 Canadian
Air Group, Canadian Forces Base Baden-Soelingen, West Germany,
1983. Canadian green and grey upper surfaces over Canadian
light grey under sides. Lo-viz versions of Canadian national
markings and Squadron insignia included.
109023, 409 Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Comox, British
Colombia, 1979. Overall gloss light grey with black fin tip and
radome. Squadron insignia and hi-viz Canadian National markings
included. – This is the first of the problems I alluded to. The
markings for this machine do not appear on the decal sheet.
They do however appear on X72060, the companion sheet.
TSR.2 GR1, N802NA (ex-XR225) NASA Flight Research Center
Edwards Air Force Base California, 1969. Overall gloss white
with hi-viz day-glo red orange panels and yellow chord-wise
stripes on the wings. NASA logos and vertical stabiliser
TSR.2 GR 53, No 438 (ex XS669) 2 Squadron Royal Saudi Air
force, King Abdul-Aziz Airbase, Saudi Arabia, 1968. In a
wraparound scheme of light stone, dark earth and dark green.
Only one problem here, no markings appear on this sheet or the
companion sheet for this aircraft!
Second Sheet - X72060
1. TSR.2 GR.1, XS949, 45 Squadron
RAF Coltishal, 1970. Dark sea grey and dark green over gloss
low demarcation "anti flash" white undersides. Markings include
the Squadron's red and white checkerboard that incorporates the
TSR.2 GR.1, XS954, 237 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) RAF
Little Snoring, 1972. Dark sea grey and dark green over gloss
low demarcation "anti flash" white undersides. Markings include
Squadron gantlet insignia as well as crossed sword insignia.
TSR.2 GR.3, XS973/BA, "Bad Attitude/Hello Sadam!" 2 Squadron,
Thumrait, Sultanate of Oman, Operation Granby, January 1991. In
overall RAF desert sand. Markings include a grim reaper nose
art, a bomb log, lo viz national insignia and slime lights.
Lockheed FB-112D, (yes, you guessed it, the US license built
version of the TSR.2!) 493rd Tactical Fighter
Squadron (TFS), 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW), RAF
Laken Heath, Operation Eldorado Canyon, 15 April 1986. In USAF
"Asia minor" scheme of two green and tan upper surfaces over
black under sides. Markings include Squadron and Wing shields
as well as a set of slime lights and lov-viz national insignia.
Remember, the markings for this machine are on the companion
sheet and not this one!
TSR.2 GR.1, XW537, 617 Squadron RAF Biggin Hill, 1979. Dark sea
grey and dark green over light aircraft grey low demarcation
undersides. Another oops here! The markings for this machine
are not on the sheet. However, the squadron insignia
grouped together with the serial XS990 does appear on the
6. TSR.2 GR.62, JBG 33 24 + 05,
Federal German Luftwaffe, Büchell, 1981, RAL 7012 Basaltgrau and
RAL 6014 Gelbolive upper surfaces over RAL 7001 Silbergrau
undersides. Markings include squadron insignia that
superimposes a TSR.2 on a diving eagle, national insignia and
black red and yellow German flag.
TSR.2 GR.62, MFG 1, Bundesmarine, Scheleswi-Jagel, 1985 RAL
7012 Basaltgrau upper surfaces over RAL 7001 Silbergrau
undersides with RAL 2005 Leuchorange outer wing panels.
Markings include squadron insignia national insignia and black
red and yellow German flag. Note that you can make either this
aircraft or the previous one as there is only one set of
TSR.2 GR.43 A8-27, 1 Squadron RAAF, RAAF Amberley, New South
Wales, 1980. Finish is extra dark sea grey and dark green upper
surfaces over gloss black undersides. Markings include Aussie
flags and (credible) hi-viz markings and yellow lightning bolt
Squadron markings. A couple of things with this option.
Firstly, RAAF Amberley is in Queensland, not New South
Wales – goodness me, Sir Wally Lewis will not be impressed with
this gaff! Secondly, the A8 serial prefix is correct if the
TSR.2 had of been procured instead of the
F-111 which bears the A-8 serial prefix. Thirdly, the colour
scheme would have been correct as the aircraft that it was
supposed to replace; the Canberra wore the same scheme.
Finally, a USAF Reserve shield is included with the markings –
unless you want it to be a fictitious a zap don’t apply it!
TSR.2 GR.4, 16 Squadron, RAF Scampton, 1995. Finish is overall
dark camouflage grey with a black vertical stabiliser. The
markings include 16 Squadron's yellow 'Saint" figure and
commemorates the Squadron's 80th anniversary
Both sheets have A-4 sized placement sheets that show side profiles
of each machine (some have left and right hand side profiles) as
well as appropriate upper surfaces plan views. A colour match to
the Xtracolour enamels and acrylic paint ranges. The sheet also
carry a list of suggest references but don’t go looking for them as
they are spurious!
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The placement guides and the decals are packed in envelopes with
clear fronts just the same as the Superscale ones are.
So there you have it, 17 different and credible options spread over
Love or hate the 'what if' movement, this is a well thought out
product from the people at Xtradecal.
Both sheets are recommended.
The Airfix kit is yet to hit the shelves. I
understand that it is to be produced in limited numbers so to ensure
that you get you hands on a couple I would place an order with
Hannants for the review samples
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