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Dirty Danes (PV-004-48)

Royal Danish Air Force Dark Green Cold Warriors

1:48 Paulus Victor

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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I am a happy user of Paulus Victor decals since they started in the business, and have over 35 years of experience in scale modelling. I can safely say that Paulus Victor provides the most complete package in the industry. Their decals are of the highest quality, and go down great over a multitude of surfaces, so you can be sure there won't be any last minute hiccups when finishing your latest model. But what really sets them apart is the plethora of background information they provide with each set. History, colors, context... everything is covered. They're just such a pleasure to use that I have bought several models extra just so I can use these decals on them, they're that good. Really, the Rolls-Royce of the decal world. I just hope they will enlarge their portfolio soon, maybe with some US Navy types in high-vis :)

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Hello @Jens 

 

I have the Hasegawa J35D Draken `Natural Metal´ kit and the decal set. Can I use the kit and the Maestro conversion set to build a Danish Draken? And what else would I need?

 

Thanks in advance!

Alex

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2 hours ago, coneheadff said:

Hello @Jens 

 

I have the Hasegawa J35D Draken `Natural Metal´ kit and the decal set. Can I use the kit and the Maestro conversion set to build a Danish Draken? And what else would I need?

 

Thanks in advance!

Alex

 

I don't have my J35D kits at hand, but www.1999.co.jp has confirmed my memory of the parts being identical in the J35D and J-35F/J kits. So yes, you can build an early Danish Draken from that kit. The fuel tanks and all pylons are incorrect for at Danish Draken though, and depending on the timeframe you would or would not need the RHAW updates. All of that can be found in the Maestro range IIRC, but I would source the fuel tanks from another (Danish) Hasegawa kit - I have heard that the Maestro tanks are either too short or too long.

 

Jens

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17 minutes ago, Jens said:

 

I don't have my J35D kits at hand, but www.1999.co.jp has confirmed my memory of the parts being identical in the J35D and J-35F/J kits. So yes, you can build an early Danish Draken from that kit. The fuel tanks and all pylons are incorrect for at Danish Draken though, and depending on the timeframe you would or would not need the RHAW updates. All of that can be found in the Maestro range IIRC, but I would source the fuel tanks from another (Danish) Hasegawa kit - I have heard that the Maestro tanks are either too short or too long.

 

Jens

 

Thanks a lot, Jens!!!

I will try to get the missing pieces 

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