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  1. Dirty Danes (PV-004-48) Royal Danish Air Force Dark Green Cold Warriors 1:48 Paulus Victor Paulus Victor are a relatively new company, and have a unique aspect to their products that include a slew of background information and technical assistance to the modeller that often hasn’t been available in the same envelope with decals before. They provide stories, not just decals in isolation. Their packaging is also unique, with a high-quality feel to everything, and attention to detail evident in every aspect of the set. They arrive in a thick Ziploc bag, with a folder that contains folded instructions that are larger than A3 when opened, showing the seven subjects printed across the two A4-sized sheets, and a fold-out half-sheet that contains additional information and small detail photos for your reference. The subjects include a single-seat F-100D and two-seat TF-100F Super Sabre, a single-seat F104G and two-seat TF-104G Starfighter, A Hawker Hunter F.Mk.51, a reconnaissance RF-35, and F-35 Saab Draken to round out the collection of aircraft that Denmark operated through their ‘green period’. Sliding the card folder out of the bag reveals the contents and sticker, the folder itself covered in additional information that should be useful in helping you paint and decal your chosen subject. The painting guide helps you through the painting of these aircraft, some of which were “zapped” by ground-crews of other NATO nations when they visited them for exercises. Although the aircraft were bought from their manufacturers and nations as particular variants, they were adapted by Denmark either initially or as they went through service, so there are differences between their aircraft and those that pop out of the box from the various model manufacturers. You can build the following from the included decals: Hawker Hunter F.Mk.51 41H-60268 E-409, 724 Esk, 1972 Skrydstrup Air Base [Decal Section A] North American F-100D Super Sabre, 55-2781, G-178, 730 Esk, 1973, Skrydstrup Air Base [Decal Section B] North American TF-100F Super Sabre, 56-3996, GT-996, 730 Esk, 1982, Skrydstrup Air Base [Decal Section B] Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, 64-17756, R-756, 723 Esk, 1973. Aalborg Air Base [Decal Section C] Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter, 63-12684, RT-684, 726 Esk, 1981. Aalborg Air Base [Decal Section C] Saab RF-35 Draken, A-112, AR-112, 729 Esk, 1975. Karup Air Base [Decal Section D] Saab F-35 Draken, A-1006, A-006, 725 Esk, 1976. Karup Air Base [Decal Section D] Each subject has notes and small photographs of unique aspects etc., to help you with your preparation, painting and application of the decals. Each type is discussed in detail in the text portions of the instructions with additional drawings, photos of parts of the airframes that were different from the originals, and even the intake of the F-100 intake, which the various model manufacturers seem to have trouble depicting accurately, whatever the scale. The key take-away is that you are given the information that you need, and you can use it to make your model more accurate. The additional bonus sticker of a worn Danish flag can be utilised in a diorama, stuck to your spray booth or anywhere else for that matter. The decals themselves are printed on two almost square sheets of blue decal paper at a high resolution that renders all the stencils legible, providing you have good enough eyesight and a grasp of English, as even the Draken’s stencils are written in the lingua franca of aviation, which is kind of an ironic phrase under the circumstances. They have good registration, sharpness and colour density, and some fine yellow stripes that can be used to wrap the pitot probes of the Drakens. Individual decals are included for variations on the airframe’s livery for maximum detail and with minimal carrier film all round. There are links to some shortened YouTube videos for the all but the Hunter to help you chose the best colours and shades for your model if you are planning on going for the ultimate in accuracy. Just in case you’re new to waterslide decals or would like to refresh your memory, there are a set of general decal handling and application instructions printed on the rear of the folder, guiding you through the preparation of the surface, the decals and the application of setting solutions, plus how to seal them for posterity. There is also a section on the practice of “zapping”, showing some pictorial examples and advising that there are some bonus decals to allow the depiction of aircraft with other codes, and another section that discusses the Olive Green SM/67 that was used throughout the period, and how it can appear to be entirely different shades depending on the light, the age of the finish, and the surroundings. The accompanying photos show just how different they can appear. Conclusion Decal sheets usually come with brief instructions if any, so Paulus Victor is a breath of fresh air, giving you plenty to read, plenty to help you create a more accurate model, and plenty of advice on how to make your painting and decaling process more satisfying and realistic. The sheet is available in 1:72 in addition to the 1:48 set we have reviewed here. Click the link below for more information, and details of how to order. Review sample courtesy of
  2. First Responders – Pentagon 9-11 2001 (PV-002-48) UH-1H/V Iroquois “Huey” Helicopters 1:48 Paulus Victor Decals Only those too young to be aware first-hand of the horror of 9-11 won’t remember where they were on that day in 2001, and even 20 years later many of us are still incredulous that such a terrible thing could have happened. Very soon after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre were hit, another aircraft ploughed into the outer ring of buildings of the nearby Pentagon, while another aircraft that had also been hijacked was brought down away from any built-up areas, sadly killing all those brave and innocent souls on board. DC’s National Guard Hueys were based at the nearby Davison airbase, and were heavily involved in rescue, command-and-control, and VIP transport duties that day and for the duration of the aftermath, sometimes working round the clock, swapping out pilots as they became too tired to fly safely. The Decals Paulus Victor are a new company to us, and have a unique aspect to their products that include a slew of background information and technical assistance to the modeller that often hasn’t been available before. They provide stories, not just decals in isolation. Their packaging is also unique, with a high-quality feel to everything, and attention to detail evident in every aspect of the set. They arrive in a thick Ziploc bag, with an envelope inside, printed in colour on both sides, with flaps folded-in to prevent excessive movement of the internals. On opening the envelope (which isn’t glued closed), you’ll find a small lined area for your own notes, plus details of the variations between airframes, a list of sources for additional information about the event, and a small box with special thanks to people that assisted with the creation of the set. Within the envelope is a set of folded instructions that are larger than A3 when unfolded, with the four subjects printed on two sides of A4 plus the fold-out half-sheet. The rest of the sheet is taken up with discussion of the olive drab-like colour that the aircraft are usually painted, which is called CARC – Chemical Agent Resistant Coating. It’s a coating that fades out at various rates depending on circumstances, and that is further evidenced by the photos accompanying the instructions. Two of the aircraft are what’s known as “White Top” Hueys, which are pristine, shiny and clean in contrast to the general issue, using a white painted roof to keep the cab cool, and with it the VIP passengers they often carry, which also generally includes upgrades to seating and sound insulation, as basic Hueys are not normally quiet workplaces. Additional information on the general variations between and amongst the two types are given, allowing you to make your model more accurate with the addition of a little research. Each of the examples that you are provided with decals for has a number of arrows picking out various unique aspects of that particular airframe, which is also quite educational on the type, and modern helicopters in general. All the paint colours are shown as circular swatches with the name and FS number next to it, together with a warning to avoid brands that have a yellowish tint to their white, as it is inappropriate for the white tops. Some advice on weathering or lack of weathering for the shiny VIP transports is provided for you to take or ignore at your whim, or by virtue of your own references of course. At the bottom of each decal option, a video link or two are provided, with time stamp details given to fast-forward you through the non-essential parts if you’re in a hurry. Weren’t there some decals in there somewhere? The decals themselves are printed on two square sheets of blue decal paper at a very high resolution that renders all of the stencils legible, providing you have good enough eyesight. They have good registration, sharpness and colour density, especially the white, which is especially evident on the red cross decals. Individual decals are even included for the fuel filler cap, with separate central and outer markers supplied to be applied one after another for maximum detail and minimal carrier film. On one of the envelope flaps, you are advised that there are bonus decals on the sheets that will permit the modeller to build alternative options based upon your own research, with the promise of more subjects on the way from Paulus Victor in due course if these do well. There is even a little information about detail upgrades and adaptations that are available commercially, and where to get them from. Obviously, links in a printed form are not the ideal format, but they’re by no means the longest URLs ever, and are well worth a look. Perhaps these could be added to the site at some point to help users with poor typing skills get there. Just in case you’re new to waterslide decals or would like to refresh your memory, there are a set of general decal handling and application instructions printed on the rear of the envelope, guiding you through the preparation of the surface, the decals and the application of setting solutions, plus how to seal them for posterity. Conclusion Decals sheets usually come with brief instructions, and some can be quite taciturn on the subject matter in hand, so this new outlook from Paulus Victor is a breath of fresh air, giving you plenty to read, plenty to help you make a more accurate model, and plenty of advice on how to make your painting and decaling process better and more realistic. There are lots more close-up pictures of the instructions etc. on their website, so if you're curious, click the "available here" link below. Very Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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