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  1. McDonnell Douglas F-4C & F-4E Phantoms of the 57th FIS (48124 & 72124) 1:48 & 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop The history of this now-inactive squadron began before the US entered WWII flying piston-engined fighters, moving to Iceland in the 50s flying the then-new jet-engined fighters. In 1973 they transitioned to Phantom II F-4Cs, a process that took until 1975 to complete, then a further change to F-4Es with improved and modernised avionics later in the decade. This set is a new one from Euro Decal and covers four options of the “The Black Knights of Keflavik” as they were sometimes known. There are three F-4Es and one F-4C on the sheet, with two each in the grey and NATO camo for a bit of variety. The sheet arrives in a familiar ziplok bag with the instructions to the front consisting of two folded A4 sheets in colour, with four view drawings of the airframes and a list of paints required in Federal Standard, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and Lifecolor codes that should give you plenty of options using your favourite paint conversion chart. Behind the instructions are two sheets of decals, one tiny, the other larger, up to A5, depending on which scale you’ve opted for. The second small sheet contains just two Air Forces Iceland shields, which are almost identical to the shields on the top corners of the main sheet, save for a red streak in the aircraft within the border. It's not 100% clear if it’s an optional decal, or whether the red-streaked decals are an addendum from the instructions, but most of the badges I found online had the red stripes, although a few did not. From the sheet you can build the following: F-4E Phantom 66-370 – Captains Tait & Diaxotopoulis, Naval Aviation Station Keflavik, Iceland, 1985 F-4E Phantom 66-300 – Naval Aviation Station Keflavik, Iceland, 1977 F-4E Phantom 66-334 – Naval Aviation Station Keflavik, Iceland, 1978 F-4E Phantom 66-370 – Naval Aviation Station Keflavik, Iceland, 1974* * This aircraft is famous for being photographed executing a barrel-roll around a Tu-97 Bear in 1974. Decals are of course printed by Fantasy Printshop, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Highly recommended. 1:72 (ED-72124) 1:48 (ED-48124) Review sample courtesy of
  2. 2021 RAF Display Eurofighter Typhoon (ED32136) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop After an airshow hiatus during 2020 while we all kicked our heels, worked from home etc. during the Covid lockdown and hopefully didn’t catch that infernal lurghi, there were a few air shows in 2021, and the spectators were treated to a display Typhoon flying in new a patriotic scheme, sporting a stylised Union Jack flag on the wings and a large roundel on the tail. It’s been a bit of a marmite scheme as is often the case, with some loving it, others loathing it. I’m in the “it’s quite nice” camp, and think it looks pretty good, while retaining most of the earlier black scheme it was previously painted, which is always good and saves the tax-paying public a wee bit of money compared to a total respray. The aircraft was flown during the 2021 season by Flight Lieutenant James Sainty of 29 Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby, and the date of the sheet is fixed as July 2021, while the scheme has carried on into 2022. This decal set from Fantasy Printshop’s Euro Decals line arrives in a large Ziploc bag, with a glossy cover page, another glossy page printed on both sides with the four profiles on it plus paint call-outs and decal positioning instructions. Behind them are two A4+ decal sheets, and another narrow sheet that is almost as tall as the others along the long edge. There are decals to adorn one model, but as the Tiffie is pretty large in 1:32, the decals are commensurately large and take up all the available space, with the smaller sheet having wing walkway dotted-lines, plus some areas of colour to help you fill-in if you don’t manage to get the decals to settle down without some small gaps. This makes any repairs a much less onerous task, and is to welcomed. The huge wing decals have slots cut in them to cater for the underwing pylons, and are split between the main aerofoil and the flying surfaces, a style that is replicated on both top and bottom surfaces. The standard wing roundels are split and have their red centres printed nearby, allowing perfect placement using your own eyes, rather than relying on the printer’s alignment, which while it can be sufficient for most printing purposes, can still look ‘off’ if even a fraction of a fraction of a millimetre out of alignment for concentric circles, which human eye seem to be very sensitive to. The spine must be painted by the modeller, while the underside has a tapered likeness that is printed in two sections, having the white section applied over the red. The stencils are included in the set, and those that are on the colourful wings and tail are supplied as separate decals, all of which are called out on the diagrams, as are the stencils on the black painted surfaces. The canard decals don’t include white so they should be painted overall white with grey leading edges before decaling them top and bottom. The 29 Squadron roundels on the fuselage sides are overshadowed by the massive tail roundel and stylised segment of the nation’s flag, and these decals are printed without the red that is to be used on the spine, advising you to paint the tail at the same time, apart from the dielectric panel at the tip. The grey section near the rudder’s hinge is included integrally with the decal, which should help immensely when it comes time to align them with the fin. The leading edge of the fin is also left grey for the same reasons, but you should paint that. Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop just in case there was any doubt, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There are a lot of decals, some of which are large, so take care when applying them, remembering that you have some spare sections of colour to make good any goof-ups you might make. The set is comprehensive, even including the slime-lights and the afore mentioned walkway decals. Colour call-outs are included for Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and Lifecolor brands, as well as the official BS codes. Conclusion A superbly colourful decal set that spans three sheets and three main colours. If you don’t like the scheme, how have you got this far into the review? The Revell kit this set is intended for is imposing, and diverging from the standard grey scheme with some black, red, white and blue will give it a big lift in visual appeal in your cabinet to at a show. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Part 3&4 1:72, 1:48 & 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop The F-100 began life as a development of the F-86 Sabre with a more sharply swept wing to achieve supersonic speeds, but it evolved into a completely different airframe before it was accepted into service, being much more than just a supersonic Sabre. It fought extensively in Vietnam, then later in Air National Guard (ANG) units as well as some overseas sales. The last airframe flew in US service at the end of the 70s, with the overseas aircraft carrying on for a few more years into the 80s, after which a lot of them found their way into air museums around the world. Fantasy Printshop’s Euro Decals line have created some sheets for the fans of the Hun during its service, including the many ANG units, which often sported colourful markings on their shiny metal airframes. We now have four sheets in two of the major scales, namely 1:72, 1:48 with identical subjects in each scale, just a change of the size of the sheets and price due to the obvious increase in decal real-estate. The first two sheets were released recently, so while you’re checking out these sets from the links, you can see the options for the later sheets #131 and #132 that preceded them. Each set arrives in a Ziploc bag with a cover sheet and two pages of A4 colour instructions inside (one side per airframe), plus the two sheets of decals printed on shiny blue decal paper. The common national markings are printed on the one sheet, while the airframe specific markings are on the other. Each sheet is protected by a sheet of wax paper to keep condensation at bay. North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Pt.3 In this set you can model the following subjects: #55-2796 flown by Capt. Robert Maxwell, 511th Tactical Fighter Sqn., 405th Fighter Bomber Wing, US Air Force, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, US 1959 #55-3558 ‘Stinger’ of 35th Tactical Fighter Sqn., 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force, Itzuke Air Force Base, Japan, 1960 #56-3315 flown by Maj. C Jones of 492nd Tactical Fighter Sqn., 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force, Chaumont Air Force Base, France, 1959 1:72 Part 3 1:48 Part 3 North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Pt.4 This set contains decals for the following subjects: #55-2950 flown by Col. C Banburt, Wing Commander of 81st Tactical Fighter Sqn., 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force, Toul-Rosieres Air Force Base, 1958 #56-3417 of 356th Tactical Fighter Sqn., 354th tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force Europe, Aviano Air Base, Italy, 1960 #56-3020 of 390th Fighter Bomber Sqn., 366th Fighter Bomber Wing, US Air Force, England Air Force Base, USA 1957-59 1:72 Part 4 1:48 Part 4 Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop as you’d expect, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion There’s a good choice of schemes and locations between these two sets and the preceding sets, and plenty of assistance with painting the rest of the airframe surrounding the three good-sized profiles that accompany each decal option. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Part.1&2 1:72, 1:48 & 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop The F-100 began life as a development of the F-86 Sabre with a more sharply swept wing to achieve supersonic speeds, but it evolved into a completely different airframe before it was accepted into service, being much more than just a supersonic Sabre. It fought extensively in Vietnam, then later in Air National Guard (ANG) units as well as some overseas sales. The last airframe flew in US service at the end of the 70s, with the overseas aircraft carrying on for a few more years into the 80s, after which a lot of them found their way into air museums around the world. Fantasy Printshop’s Euro Decals line have created some sheets for the fans of the Hun during its service, including the many ANG units, which often sported colourful markings on their shiny metal airframes. So far we have two sheets in three scales, namely 1:72, 1:48 & 1:32 with identical subjects in each scale, just a change of the size of the sheets and price for obvious reasons. There are another two sheets in the works, so while you’re checking out these sets from the links, you can see the options for the later sheets #133 and #134 that will be along soon. Each set arrives in a Ziploc bag with a cover sheet and two pages of A4 colour instructions inside (one side per airframe), plus the two sheets of decals printed on shiny blue decal paper. The common national markings are printed on the one sheet, while the airframe specific markings are on the other. Each sheet is protected by a sheet of greaseproof paper to keep condensation at bay. North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Pt.1 In this set you can model the following subjects: #56-3433 of 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force, based at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina, USA, 1959 #56-3404 of 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, 832nd Air Division, Unites States Air Force, based at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, USA, 1959 #56-3307 of 417 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force, based at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, 1959 #55-3775 of 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force, based at England Air Force Base, Louisiana, 1958 1:72 Part 1 1:48 Part 1 North American F-100D Supersabre Collection Pt.2 This set contains decals for the following subjects: #56-3151 of 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force, based at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1959 #56-3056 of 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Unites States Air Force, based at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1959 #56-2862 of 454th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 323rd Fighter Bomber Wing, United States Air Force, based at Bunker Hill Air Base, Indiana, 1957 #56-2933 of 1st Fighter Day Squadron, 413th Fighter Day Wing, United States Air Force, based at George Air Force Base, California, 1959 1:72 Part 2 1:48 Part 2 No picture, as we didn’t get this set, but you can probably guess the content from the 1:72 scale pic. The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop as you’d expect, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion There’s a wide choice of schemes and locations between these two sets, and plenty of assistance with painting the rest of the airframe surrounding the four good-sized profiles that accompanies each decal option. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Messerschmitt Emils Part 1 (ED-32109) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop The Bf.109E was colloquially referred to as the Emil, and with it being the 109, there are many, many kits of it in all scales. There has been a flurry of renewed activity in the Emil field of late, which has prompted Fantasy Printshop to release this detailed release to give modellers enhanced choice of options beside those in your average kit. The set arrives in an unassuming ziplok bag, and inside are two sheets of instructions/profiles, plus two roughly A4 sized sheets of decals, one of which is slightly larger than the other. There are eight options available from the sheets, and you can build any of the following: Bf.109E-7/B S9+RS 8./ZG1 , Russia, Summer 1942 Bf.109E-3 6-99 Condor Legion Grupo num.25, 1939 Bf.109E-3/B DG200, No.1426 Flight, RAF, 1941 Bf.109E-3, J.277 Fl.Kp.21 Swiss Air Force Bf.109E-4, Black 13, 8./JG1, 1941 Bf.109E-4, White 1, Royal Bulgarian Air Force, Winter 1944-45 Bf.109E-4, White 10, Wnr.5244, 13 Sqn., Slovak Air Force, April 1943 Bf.109E-3, White 3, Wnr.0820, 4./JG77, Norway, October 1940 There is a huge variation in colour schemes, and they’re split roughly 50/50 between those with mottling and not, so will still represent good value to even the most mottle-phobic modeller, or those without an airbrush. The decals are of course printed in-house, and are exceptionally vibrant, with good register, colour density and sharpness. For the Swiss aircraft there are white crosses for the fuselage sides, requiring you to paint the bands behind them yourself, but then again that’s what modelling’s all about! Number 6 is really going to test your airbrushing skills, being covered in a complex pattern of wriggly worms in grey and white. Conclusion If you’re bored with kit decals for your Emil projects and want something just a wee bit brighter and more varied, then this sheet with be for you. Get your wallet out Review sample courtesy of
  6. Very Colourful Sabres (ED-32101) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The North American F-86 Sabre rose to fame as the main American Fighter in the Korean War, and continued its service into the Cold War. As well as being used by the UASF many were supplied to Various US Allies. Sabres were also licenced built many by Canadair and some by Mitsubishi. Here Fantasy Printshop have upscaled their Colourful Sabres sheet to 1/32 The Options available on this sheet are; F-86A 91021 - Montana Air National Guard. This aircraft with an overall bright yellow fuselage was used as a target tug, hence the highly conspicuous finish. Canadair Sabre 5 23285 Royal Canadian Air Force. Overall Red Aircraft seen at the Toronto Air Show 1955. F-86-40 72-7754 - No.1 Sqn Japanese Ari Self Defence Forces. This aircraft is overall Silver Lacquer not NMF as the instructions say, with a red exercise fuselage band. F-86F 31169 AH-Z - Royal Norwegian Air Force Jokers Aerobatic Display Team 1970s F-86E 12724 - USA At Edwards Air Force Base. Aircraft #4 which took part in breaking the closed circuit world speed record in 1951. Day-Glo orange nose. RF-86F 24522 - Republic Of Korea Air Force, 1970s, Standard SEA Camo. The decals arrive on 1 main A4 sheet and a second A5 sheet, the quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Now not all of the options on the sheet are actually kitted in 1.32, or even available as a conversion; so for those you will have to do your own work. Most can be used though and its a welcome addition to the 1.32 scale. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. BAe Hawk in Worldwide Service (ED32128) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop The BAe Hawk has been the standard advanced jet trainer for the RAF since its introduction, it has been the aircraft of choice for the world-renowned Red Arrows, and is also in use in various variants around the world, even having made the difficult transition into the US Navy arsenal as the navalised T-45 Goshawk. It has been a huge success overall and is well-known at least partly due to the kudos of the Reds using them. This decal sheet is for the 1:32 Revell or Kinetic kit until another manufacturer comes along with another new kit of course. It arrives in a large ziplok bag with the instructions at the front and the oversized A4 decal sheet behind, protected by a sheet of contact paper. From it you can portray five options, which are helpfully split by dotted lines on the sheet, save for the middle one, which has a gap instead. It also includes a large number of stencils in appropriate colours for the operator, with a half page of the diagram showing their location and suggesting that you check your references, as sometimes stencils become lost after repainting in service. From this sheet you can depict any of the below: BAe Hawk T.1 XX318, No.95 Y of 100 Squadron RAF Valley, UK 2012 BAe Hawk Mk.63 1722 of 17 Squadron, Royal Jordanian Air Force BAe Hawk Mk.51 HW-345 Finnish Air Force, 2011 BAe Hawk Mk.52 1002 Kenyan Air Force BAe Hawk Mk.53 TT-5309 No.09 Indonesian Air Force Each subject is shown in four separate views with the decals called out by number with a red line to their placement pointing the way, and the last panel shows all the stencils, as mentioned earlier. The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop’s own people, and are in their usual high quality, with excellent registration, colour density and sharpness, plus a thin glossy carrier film cut close to printed areas and cut back wherever possible to reduce the chances of silvering. All decals should be applied to gloss surfaces of course, but it’s always worthy of a reminder now and again, and seeing as we are there, seal them with another coat of clear gloss to protect them from harm later on. Conclusion It’s good to see some foreign decals for the big Hawk, with four good foreign options. The first option is British, but it’s an unusual scheme, and Britain is part of the world after all! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Oregon ANG Special 2016 (ED-72122) 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The Oregon Air National Guard have had some special schemes on their aircraft over the years. In 2015 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Oregon ANG an F-15C Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing based at Klamath Falls was given this special Eagle Scheme. The decals arrive on 3 small size sheets, the quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a 1/72 Eagle and you've got the basis for a rather interesting and striking scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Oregon ANG Special 2016 (ED-48122) 1:48 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The Oregon Air National Guard have had some special schemes on their aircraft over the years. In 2015 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Oregon ANG an F-15C Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing based at Klamath Falls was given this special Eagle Scheme. The decals arrive on 3 large A5 size sheets, the quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a 1/48 Eagle and you've got the basis for a rather interesting and striking scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Current Luftwaffe Insignia (FP-1120) 1:48 by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. When the Luftwaffe was reformed in post war Germany there could be no way WWII insignia could be used. The decision was therefore taken to revert to the Pre 1920s Iron Cross or Balkenkreuz. Not a lot can be said other than these are current / post WWII Luftwaffe insignia in 1/32 scale. These scale out at 1ft, 1.3ft, 2ft, 2.3ft, 3ft, 3.3ft, 4ft, 4.3ft. They can also we would think be used in 1.72. The decals are sharp and in register on the white which to be honest a lot of kit decals are not. Recommended got your next Post war Luftwaffe aircraft. Review sample courtesy of
  11. 176th Fighter Squadron F-16C Vipers (ED-32126) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The 176th Fighter Squadron is part of the 115th Fightr Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard currently flying the Block 30 F-16C Fighting Falcon, although now scheduled to transition to the F-35 in 2023. As well as two standard jets this decal sheet features two specially marked aircraft for the 50th Anniversary (Red tail) and 60th Anniversary (Blue tail) jets. The decals arrive on 1 large A sheet for the markings, both Squadron ones and stencils, quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a big phantom and you've got the basis for a rather interesting scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Current Luftwaffe Insignia (FP-1130) 1:32 by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. When the Luftwaffe was reformed in post war Germany there could be no way WWII insignia could be used. The decision was therefore taken to revert to the Pre 1920s Iron Cross or Balkenkreuz. Not a lot can be said other than these are current / post WWII Luftwaffe insignia in 1/32 scale. These scale out at 1ft, 2ft, 2.3ft, 3ft, 3.3ft, 4ft, 4.3ft. The decals are sharp and in register on the white which to be honest a lot of kit decals are not. Recommended got your next 1/32 Post war Luftwaffe aircraft. Review sample courtesy of
  13. McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom William Tell 1976 (ED-32125) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron were the mainstay of NATOs defence in the north being based from Keflavik in Iceland. They flew their F-4s with distinctive black and white chequers on the fin and tail planes. In 1976 they sent aircraft to the William Tel gunnery competition with markings for this. Also on the sheet are the Sqn markings and the US Bicentennial markings. The decals arrive on 1 large A4 size sheet for the chequers (with adequate spares provided if you mess up) and a smaller sheet for the coloured marking , quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a big phantom and you've got the basis for a rather interesting scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Pt.2 (ED-48120 & ED-72120) 1:48 & 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop We’ve got plenty of new(ish) Tornado kits, and Euro Decals have resized their 1:32 sets to 1:48 and 1:72 to give us more options with all that sexy new plastic. We reviewed the 1:32 set last year, and if you’ve read that one, this will be eerily familiar. Sorry about that! Arriving in a ziplok bag with a printed cover sheet and the decals behind, the instructions are found on the back of the cover page and on another sheet, with one page for each of the three options. The instructions show four views and the colours used to paint the model in BS, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and LifeColor codes, plus the colour names for those of us without those brands in our supplies. From the sheet you can build any or all of the options, as they have thoughtfully supplied enough RAF roundels to complete three models. Wouldn't that look impressive in the cabinet? Fantasy Printshop do their own printing, and their sheets always have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Here are your options: GR.4 ZG756 of 14 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 GR.4 ZA401 crewed by Wing Commander Ian Wood & Squadron Leader Laurie Fisher of 13 Squadron, RAF Marham, 2005 GR.4 ZA543 of 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 Like most modern jets, the major colour is grey (two shades), but the Tornado's great big fin gives the RAF creatives plenty of scope for interesting schemes, with a small replica repeated on the nose. Option C also has a fetching black spine that extends around the cockpit and up the fin, as well as a cheeky fox on the tail. Conclusion Another sheet of colourful decals for the medium and small Tornado. Very nicely done. Highly recommended. 1:48 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
  15. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Oregon ANG Special 2016 (ED-32122) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The Oregon Air National Guard have had some special schemes on their aircraft over the years. In 2015 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Oregon ANG an F-15C Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing based at Klamath Falls was given this special Eagle Scheme. The decals arrive on 3 large A4 size sheets, and a small supplemental sheet in white, quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a big Eagle and you've got the basis for a rather interesting scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. 16/2019 And here´s the third of five Emils. Hasegawa kit, legs shortened about 2-3mm, some decals from Aeromaster but they got the Stammkennzeichen wrong, the ones for the underwing are missing so are decals for the coat of arms of JFS1. My dad used Luftwaffe letter decals from Fantasy Printshop, and coat of arms decals from Peddinghaus (1/72 ones because the 1/48 were way too large). Brake lines done with lead wire and plastic rods, the latter ones used also for the upperwing landing gear indicators, a piece of brass pipe for the antenna to fuselage insert, EZ Line for the antenna, AK Real Color paints for the RLM 74/75/76 camo. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235054625-ship-defense148-messerschmitt-bf109e-4-kommando-losigkeit/ Between February 14th and March 20th 1942, a bunch of pilots and aircraft from JG1 and Jagdfliegerschule (Fighterschool) 1 and 2 were sent to the far north to escort and protect German ships in Norway. The unit was called Jagdgruppe Losigkeit after it´s CO Hauptmann Fritz Losigkeit. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  17. #17/2019 And the fourth of 5 Emils finished. Airfix kit, the storch legs shortened about 3mm, wrong seat replaced with a Hasegawa one, way too narrow prop blades therefore replacement with a complete Hasegawa prop, a missing E-1 panel engraved, brake lines with lead wire and plastic rods, the latter also used for the landing gear indicators on the upperwing, brass pipe piece for the antenna to fuselage insert, EZ Line and fishing line for antenna wires, kit decals except "black 8" taken from a Fantasy Printshop Luftwaffe number sheet. AK Real Color RLM paints for the 65//70/71/02 camo. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235054802-red-band148-messerschmitt-bf109e-1-jg53/ The model displays a machine of 2./JG53 during the BoB in 1940. Mombeek´s Luftwaffe Gallery No1 as reference. DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  18. To have a full Schwarm of Emils, my dad started now a fourth one using the Airfix kit, don´t know which scheme yet. DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr used a Hasegawa seat, the Airfix seat has the seat belts molded on but the style is wrong DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  19. My dad´s on an Emil trip, started the third now, gonna be Romanian but don´t know which scheme yet. DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  20. Dassault Mirage III (ED-32121) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The Mirage III was a development of a long line of aircraft that bore the name over the years, and wasn't the last one either. The first production model was designated IIIC, and there were a number variants. The E has a longer fuselage, the O was produced initially for the Australian Air Force which when in Pakistani hands was upgraded to the ROSE standard, and the EZ was the name of the South African variant, all of which were originally based on the E. They had a longer service life with other nations than France, with upgrades carried out locally by their operators to extend their service life further. The sheet arrives in an A5 ziplok bag with the instruction booklet at the front and two sheets of decals at the rear, protected from moisture by translucent paper. The booklet is eight pages, with the cover page, five pages of profiles of the options, and the back page devoted to some text from Wikipedia in case you'd like to learn a little about the aircraft. If you're good at maths, that missing page is the blank backside of the cover page. The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop to their usual standard, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the bag and with the correct large-scale kit, you can build the following: Mirage IIIEZ "842" of 3 Squadron, SAAF at AFB Waterkloof, 1972 Mirage IIIO project ROSE 90-513/"513" 7 Squadron, PAF based at PAF Samungli, Quetta during Exercise "Saffron Bandit", 2012 Mirage IIIE "4-BE" of Armée de L'air, Escadron de Chasse 2/4 Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur, 1980s Mirage IIIO 90-560/"560" of 7 "bandits" Tactical Attack Squadron, PAF, Masroor, Karachi 1990s Mirage IIIO A3-25 of 75 Squadron, RAAF Butterworth, June 1981 Grab yourself a Revell or Italeri kit, and you've got the basis for a rather interesting set of colour schemes from more esoteric operators of this well-liked jet. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Bubbletop Mustangs (ED-48119, ED-72119) 1:48 & 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Airfix are bringing us new Mustangs in 1/48 & 1/72, however there are no shortages of them from other manufacturers. Therefore it's only fitting that we should get some newa ftermarket decals for them These sets from Euro Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and arrive in A5 ziplok bags, with a set of side profiles on the front, instructions in the middle, and the decals on the rear, so they can be inspected through the protective sheet of thin paper. Sheet shown is 1/72, the 1/48 is the same layout just larger. Inside are four-way profiles of each of the six decal option, plus a legend with suggested colours in BS & FS numbers, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix, and LifeColor shades, with a page of general text about the aircraft on the back page. The options from the sheet are as follows: Mustang IV KH673 South African Air Force, Italy 1945. F-15D Republic Of Korea Air Force, Chinhae Air Base, 1950 Mustang IV, 3 (Christchurch) Sqn RNZAF Territorial Air Force, late 1940s. P-51D 44-11222 "Jolie Helene" 368th FS, 359 FG, USAAF, East Wretham, 1945 J-26 Mustang 26115 F.4 Swedish Air Force, 1951 F-51D A68-56. 86 Sqn Royal Australian Air Force Bohle River Airfield 1945 The sheets provide all the national markings as well for each option. Registration, sharpness and colour density are all good, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Recommended for your next Mustang build of you like a little something different to the kit options. 1:48 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
  22. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4a (ED-48117) 1:48 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop With the much loved Tornado now sadly in the rear-view mirror of the RAF, there's bound to be some nostalgia everywhere that the Fin, Tonka, call it what you will, gained fans. I'll always have a soft spot for it, as it was the frontline fighter/bomber of my youth, and it was always good fun at the airshows, especially the role demos that used to warm your eyebrows. The GR.4/a was the definitive variant that stayed in service to the end, and as such gets the lion's share of the attention, with the F.3 interceptor following behind as you might expect. For years we had the Italeri kit in 1:48, which needed a few bits of resin to make it more accurate, then Hobby Boss missed an opportunity when they produced a Panoovia Torando that bore a passing resemblance to a Tornado (seriously though, it does look quite like one from a lot of angles). Now we have the brand-new(ish) Revell kit in my favourite scale, which is up-to-date and builds nicely out of the box. This new sheet of decals from Euro Decals is for those with a 1:48 kit that doesn't necessarily want to build an example from the kit decals and instead diversify into other squadrons and eras, or you might just have seen their 1:32 scale (reviewed here) set last year and been a bit jealous. I'm happy, as I can copy and paste in the airframe details! Tornado GR.4 ZA461 crewed by Wing Commander Jon Nixon & Squadron Leader Conan Mullineaux of XV(R) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2015 Tornado GR.4A ZA405 crewed by Flt.Lt. S A Jenkins & Wg.Cdr. N A Thomas of 12 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Nov 2015 Tornado GR.4 ZA542 "021" of 31 Squadron RAF during "Operation Ellamy" based at Gioia del Colle, Italy, 2011 Tornado GR.4 ZA560 "BE-Q" of 41(R) TES Squadron RAF Coningsby, 2017 Tornado GR.4 ZA412 crewed by Wg.Cdr. D S Arthurton & Fg.Off. R D Hartley of 617 Squadron The decals are printed in-house by Fantasy Printshop and are in good register, colour density and sharpness, with a close-cut glossy carrier film. The decals are closely packed on the sheet, but with room enough to cut each one free, and small numbers there to aid you in your choice by comparing them to the five page instructions, with four-view diagrams. Conclusion Perfect for going off-piste with your Tornado decal choices, and if you hook them up with the stencil set that is also available from Fantasy Printshop and we reviewed here. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Pt.2 (ED-32120) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Revell have recently released their big Tornado in GR.4/4A guise, which we reviewed here. Euro Decals were johnny-on-the-spot and released Part 1 of this set late last year, which we also reviewed here, and now we have Part 2. Arriving in a large ziplok bag with a printed cover sheet and the decals behind, the instructions are found on the back of the cover page and on another sheet, with one side for each of the three options. The instructions show four views and the colours used to paint the model in BS, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and LifeColor codes, plus the colour names for those of us without those brands in our supplies. As well as the main sheet, there is a tiny addendum sheet that replaces one of the nose flashes of option B, which was originally printed the wrong way round. We're all only human, but it's far better for mistakes to be caught before release than after! From the sheet you can build any or all of the options, as they have thoughtfully supplied enough RAF roundels to complete three models. Wouldn't that look impressive in the cabinet? Fantasy Printshop do their own printing, and their sheets always have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Here are your options: GR.4 ZG756 of 14 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 GR.4 ZA401 crewed by Wing Commander Ian Wood & Squadron Leader Laurie Fisher of 13 Squadron, RAF Marham, 2005 GR.4 ZA543 of 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 Like most modern jets, the major colour is grey (two shades), but the Tornado's great big fin gives the RAF creatives plenty of scope for interesting schemes, with a smaller stylised version repeated on the nose. Option C also has a fetching black spine that extends around the cockpit and up the fin, as well as a cheeky fox on the tail. Conclusion Another great big sheet of colourful decals for the great big Tornado. Very nicely done. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. AVRO Lancaster Code Letters & Numbers 48x24x6 (ED-32123) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop There are a couple of Lancasters in 1:32, or at least there will be soon. We've already seen the HK Models B.I kit (reviewed here), and Wingnut Wings should be releasing theirs later this year with an amount of luck and a fair wind, and that's a statement that's something I never thought I would type. Two 1:32 Lancaster kit in injection moulded styrene. What's the modelling age beyond platinum? Euro Decals have this new set for those that want to go "off-book" for their subject matter, or for those that may have accidentally screwed up their kit decals. We all know that decals aren't immune to coffee, tea and other liquids, as well as our human fallibility, so these things are known to happen, and probably happen to us all at least once in our modelling lifetimes, whether we care to admit it or not. Arriving in a clear ziplok bag with a printed front insert, the set we were sent to review includes two sheets, one a little larger than the other in terms of area, but you have different purchase options on their site. The larger sheet contains letters, while the smaller one has the digits, all of which are printed in dark red, as was common for the bomber force. You get two of every letter in two different styles with rounded or squared off radiuses (radii for the Latin speakers), which is also the case for the digits, but you get three of most of them in three different styles with only the 8s and 9s having 2 each. There are even two question-marks for your use if you need them. The carrier film is cut close to the printed areas, and the inside areas are filled with carrier film, but this is cut back in a curve at the openings such as the Cs and Js, and should hide away nicely with a few coats of clear gloss and maybe a little sanding to hide the edges. They are scaled to the 48" x 24" x 6" standard that is prescribed by the Air Ministry to the chaps with paint brushes, and taking the micrometer to the decals confirms that they are up to snuff, although scaling in inches was a bit of a novelty. The cover page shows a trio of different Lancs including a Dambusters adapted airframe and a Rose turreted example, but these are illustrative purposes only, as the tail flashes, airframe serials and other markings are outside the remit of this sheet. Conclusion Fantasy Printshop's decals are a known quantity and will go down without fuss with the aid of some decal solution (they recommend Microsol & Set), so if you're in the market for some additional decals for your behemoth Lanc, then look no further. The good news is that you can buy the sheets individually, or as a pack of four, so if you only need a few letters/digits it'll save you some shekels. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. RAF 8″ Serials Numbers and Letters WWII and 1946 Fantasy Printshop 1:32 Just in from Fantasy Printshop are this pair of sheets containing 8" serials, both letters and numbers in a variety of styles suitable for any RAF aircraft that used them. They are available in 1:72 and 1:48 as well( in dull red or black, so check you references for what is required. Review sample courtesy of
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