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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. #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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Decals (ED-32117) 1:32 Euro Decals via Fantasy Printshop The Tornado was Britain's main fighter-bomber from the 80s onward and still soldiers on in a reducing quantity at time of writing. It's main skill was as a bomb or missile truck, and although it was touted as a fighter in its Air Defence Variant (ADV), it wasn't the most manoeuvrable of aircraft. The F.3 has since been replaced by the Typhoon in British service, and the GR.4/4A is scheduled to be drawn down at the end of March 2019, thereby ending its career in British service. This new double A5 sheet of decals from Fantasy Printshop's Euro Decals range depicts a number of GR.4 airframes from this decade, with some nice colourful schemes on that great big tail fin. There are five schemes in all, and only one has a relatively drab tail, the backdrops will require painting, while the foreground is provided as a decal. As usual with Fantasy Printshop, registration, sharpness and colour density are all good, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas, although a few areas could be removed in places. There are a substantial number of colours used in the sheet, with the large fox head exhibiting some excellent detail for example, and a gold outline for the squadron crest, coincidentally for that same airframe. Most of the roundels are the more modern red/blue printed as a single decal, but the roundels with a white ring have separate red centre dots as a "just in case" measure to enable the modeller to centre them using their eye, which is surprisingly easy and is absolutely a good idea for roundels in general. The Dambusters option is evocative, with Lancs, Tornados and a broken dam in the background. The instructions are printed in colour with four views of each option and decal numbers called out with red lines. Colours for the airframe are also suggested with BS standard, FS standard, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and Lifecolor codes supplied, which should give enough information to anyone without those brands to hunt down the correct shade without much trouble. Using this sheet you can build one of the following, unless you get hold of some additional standard roundels, but who has room for five 1:32 Tornados in their cabinet? 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 Conclusion There are a lot of 1:32 Revell Tornados out there with only a limited number of boxings, so it's nice to be able to go away from the kit decals and choose some interesting schemes, knowing that the decals won't let you down. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Decal Stripes (Various widths and colours) Fantasy Printshop Vehicles of any sort often have accented lines of colour either for aesthetic reasons or for functional ones such as de-icing boots on wings, or anti-abrasion coatings on leading edges. As we all know, painting a line freehand is a fool's errand unless you're a qualified signwriter, so your other choice is masking off the line and spraying the paint and hoping you got the line width consistent, didn't wander off from the intended course of the line, and of course the prayers to the modelling gods that you don't get paint creeping under your masking tape. For these reasons and many others such as convenience people sometimes turn to decal strips, or painted decal film for these applications, or as some folks do, to recreate canopy frames without the faff of masking. Fantasy Printshop and others have long recognised the need for decal strip and produce sheets of various widths. I doubt however that anyone else has printed them in such a wide variety of colours, which include metallic. They're not scale specific of course, so if you want a specific width, just use the following simple formula to work out which width you need. Required Width in MM Your Scale (e.g. 72, 48, 32 etc.) The resulting number will give you the scale width, which you can then use to pick the correct (or nearest) width stripe from your sheet. Helpfully, the widths of each stripe is printed at the top of each one so you don't need your micrometer, and each stripe comes in either 130mm lengths for the narrower ones, or 175mm lengths for the wider sheet, as there are two sheets available in each colour. The narrow sheet ranges from 0.25mm to 9mm, while the wide sheet goes from 7mm to 12mm, and as you may have noticed is a bit larger. There are seventeen colours in each size, with a couple of fluorescent colours, shades of grey, blue, green, red, silver, gold, black and white. That's a lot of choice! Narrow Stripes 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.5, 1.9, 3.8, 5, 6.3, 9mm Black, Dark Blue, Grey 4, Grey 3, Grey 2, Grey 1, Gold, Silver, White Dark Red, Red, Dark Green, Dark Yellow, Translucent Yellow, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Orange Wide Stripes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12mm Dark Red, White, Grey 1, Grey 2, Grey 3, Grey 4, Black Silver, Gold, Dark Blue, Blue, Yellow, Fluorescent Yellow, Dark Yellow, Orange, Red, Peach Fantasy Printshop print their decals with a nice thin glossy carrier film, and they go down nicely with a bit of decal solution, such as the green Mr Mark Softer by Gunze that I often use. There's no registration to worry about, but the lines are crisp, dense, and the carrier film is so thin that I had to check under magnification that the stripes were individually covered and not over the whole sheet. This will make hiding those edges a piece of cake compared to those thick leathery decals you sometimes get in older Tamiya or Hasegawa kits. Conclusion Decal strips are one of those accessories that come in VERY useful from time to time, and when you discover them for yourself, you wonder how you ever got along without them. I recall using some on my old Mig-31 Foxhound build as black strips for the leading edges of the fins and some of the antennae, which made getting neat, crisp lines child's play. This little bundle will get used more and more I suspect. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. USN/USMC/USAF LO-VIZ INSIGNIA 1:72 & 1:48 Fantasy Printshop Lo-Vi markings now feature with the USAF, USN and USMC. These sheets for Euro Decals / Fantasy Print Shop bring us a variety of Lo-viz national Insignia, Intake warnings, Ejection Seat Triangle, Rescue Arrows and branch titles. These are in Black and three shades of Grey. There are also white makings for an F-117. In 1:72 all are on the same sheets, but for 1:48 two sheets are needed. Suggestions are made on the sheets for aircraft to use the decals on, but they have multiple aircraft uses. Fantasy Printshop print their decals with a nice thin glossy carrier film, and they go down nicely with a bit of decal solution, such as the green Mr Mark Softer by Gunze (other solutions are available) . There's no registration to worry about, but the lines are crisp, dense, and the carrier film is so thin that I had to check under magnification that the stripes were individually covered and not over the whole sheet. This will make hiding those edges a piece of cake compared to those thick leathery decals you sometimes get in older kits. Conclusion Like them or loathe them LO-VIZ is here the stay for the main part, even if not replacing the main kit decals these will be very useful sets to have around to replace decals during those unfortunate mishaps we all suffer from at time with decals shattering and or folding back. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. #10/2017 Took a bit longer to complete due to several (selfinflicted) problems. Mounted the nozzles inverted but could fix it. Then followed the camoplan in the Caracal instructions but that was wrong and reshaped the camo. When my dad started with the decals we realized that GWH accidentally packed a 9-13 upper fuselage part in the kit box instead of a 9-12 one. Luckily Myanmar has also a bunch of SE MiG-29 beside the A models, so once again camo reshaping. Used RAF style codes from Fantasy Printshop as new numbers. And for the finish my dad broke the canopy and had to use a new one from another kit. The light and dark grey-blues are selfmixes, the middle blue is Gunze H25 Sky Blue (The dark grey-blue should be a bit brighter and the radome grey a bit darker but my dad had enough of re-painting ). Stencils from the kit, national markings from Caracal Models. Brake lines added with plastic rods and lead wire. Build thread here
  25. Now that the Su-7 is finished, my dad started the next Russian built aircraft. This time going more modern and exotic. Using the GWH kit with Caracal decals and doing a Myanmar bird.
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