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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Gloster Meteor FR.Mk.9 (ED-48115, ED-72115) 1:48 & 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Airfix are bringing us a 1:48 FR.9, and MPM have already done so in 1:72, so it's only fitting that we should get some aftermarket decals for the kits 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, LifeColor and Modelmaster shades, with a page of general text about the aircraft on the back page. The options from the sheet are as follows: WG116 "G" of II (AC) Sqb, 2nd Tactical Air Force, RAF, Geilienkirchen, Germany 1955. WX978 "Z" of 8 Sqn RAF, RAF Sharjah, Trucial States, 1959. WX962 "Q" of 208 Sqn RAF, Middle East 1950. WL265 "L" of 79 Sqn RAF, RAF Larbruch Germany, 1955. WB125 "UUB" of 226 OCU, RAF, RAF Stradishall 1954. VZ611 "B Z" of RAF, Based UK 1950s WX573 " TG" of 79 Sqn RAF, RAF Gutersloth, Germany, 1953. VZ601 of 79 Sqn RAF, RAF Gutersloth, Germany, 1959. Registration, sharpness and colour density are all good, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There are a few issues with the profiles which have been spotted, along with some information; WB116/G - The 2 Squadron "Staffordshire Knot" logo on the intake was yellow in a red disk, not red in black disk (Airfix kit is correct) - the fin 'G' should have a white outline and have a tail - the G on the nosewheel (at least) is the wrong shape (Too rounded and should have a tail) - the front of the fin bullet should be red - the camo pattern on the stb side is slighly wrong WX973 T-G – camo on upper surface wrong (Grey goes too far forward), squadron marking is red/black; also code should be GoT on port side, should have black(or blue) and yellow fin bullet VZ611 BoZ – this is a 2 Squadron a/c, not UK based. Camo pattern shown is slightly wrong (compared to photo) on the demarcation on stb over nacelle VZ601 – Couldn’t find a pic of this one, but it should possibly have an individual letter on the fin (Pics of 79 Sqn Meteors with this marking are quite rare WL265 – Camo demarcation pattern on the real thing is slightly different, WX962 – couldn’t find a pic, but it matches other aircraft of that period. Worth noting that 208 had a huge variety of camouflage schemes, nose colours and nose patterns, so lots of alternative options WX978 – worth noting that this aircraft had very visible weathering around the gun access panel on the port side that almost looks like someone had sprayed ‘17’ on the side!!. Also beware a colour photo of another 8 Sqn FR9 that had the squadron colours painted in the wrong order (Yellow/Blue/Red) Even with a couple of errors the sheet recommended for your MPM/Special Hobby kit in 1/72, or the new Airfix kit in 1/48. My thanks to Dave Fleming for some help with this review. 1:48 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
  6. Bristol Blenheim Mk.I/IF (ED-48115, ED-72115) 1:48 & 1:72 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Airfix are bringing us a 1:48 early Blenheim soon, and have already done so in 1:72, so it's only fitting that we should get some aftermarket decals for the kits 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. Inside are four-way profiles of each of the six decal option, plus a legend with suggested colours in FS numbers, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix, LifeColor and Modelmaster shades, with a page of general text about the aircraft on the back page. The options from the sheet are as follows: Blenheim Mk.I K7040 V/114 of 114 squadron, RAF Wyton, Cambs. March 1937 Blenheim Mk.I K7059 TW of 90 squadron, RAF Bicester, Oxon, Sept 1938 Blenheim Mk.IF Serial unknown YN.B of 601 squadron, RAF Hendon, Middx. summer 1939 Blenheim Mk.I L7760 UQ of 211 squadron, RAF Tatoi, Greece, late 1940 Blenheim Mk.IF K7159 YK.N of 54 OUT, RAF Chruch Fenton, North Yorks, Dec 1940 Blenheim Mk.IF L1210 P of 771 Naval Air Squadron, FAA at RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1942-43 Registration, sharpness and colour density are all good, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There is a slight translucency to the whites however, so plan ahead if you are placing them over camouflage demarcations. Highly recommended. 1:48 1:72 Review sample courtesy of
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