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Julien

Flying Kiwis over the Pacific - 1:72 Rising Decals

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Flying Kiwis over the Pacific
1:72 Rising Decals

 

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The contribution of some commonwealth countries to the overall Effort in WWII can often be over looked, as was generally the British effort in the Pacific. The contribution in modelling circles has also been somewhat lacking. This new sheet from Rising Decals brings us decals for 7 different aircraft used by the Royal New Zealand forces. These are split between 2 Corsairs, 2 P-40s and 3 Dauntless. The printing looks great everything is in register, there is virtually no carrier film and the white looks dense enough that there should be no colour bleed through. The kill markings and nose art have the decals split between white backings and the markings to obtain the best results. The white stripes on the P-40s will need to be painted, or the modeller can use their own white decal strips. 

 

Aircraft provided on the sheet are;

 

  • SBD-4 Dauntless, NZ5034, No.25 Sqn, Palikulo Bay, Espiritu Santo Island, March 1944
  • SBD-5 Dauntless, NZ5058, No.25 Sqn, Solomon Islands, March 1944
  • SBD-5 Dauntless, NZ5064, No.25 Sqn, Solomon Islands, March 1944
  • Curtiss P-40M, NZ3072, No.14 Sqn, Kukum Field, Guadalcanal, July 1943, F/O Geoff Fisken
  • Curtiss P-40N, NZ3220, No.4 Servicing Unit, No.18 Sqn, Torokina, Bougainville, June 1944
  • F4U-1D Corsair, NZ5416, No.3 Servicing Unit, Jacquinot Bay, New Britain, May 1945
  • F4U-1D Corsair, NZ5424, No.3 Servicing Unit, Jacquinot Bay, New Britain, May 1945

 

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Conclusion
This is a great sheet for New Zealand aircraft operated in the Pacific. Highly Recommended. 

 

 

 

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Not sure why there are lighter coloured roundels provided as the rest look correct for the RNZAF machines.

 

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11 minutes ago, Silver Fox said:

Not sure why there are lighter coloured roundels provided as the rest look correct for the RNZAF machines.

 

Which ones? There is the small extra sheet I think to correct some on the main sheet.

 

Julien

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They look quite light here though as they are B&W its hard to say for sure.

 

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Pictures from Wings Over New Zealand web forum; http://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/12639 Interesting that the Cat on the side was outlined in chalk for a photo event but not normally.

 

 

 

 

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For the Corsairs again not definite proof and in B&W the roundel here is quite a bit lighter than the bars?

 

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Photo from Kiwimodeller.com

 

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It is hard to tell from those photos but they did lighten in the sun of the SW Pacific,However they were painted a much darker blue ( often directly from USN stocks) when the markings were applied. Therefore to me the decals are still too light, the errata sheet does look better to my ageing eyes.. 

 

it is nice that you can do Fiskens wildcat with or without the chalked outlines.

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