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POLSKI FULCRUM SPECIALS

1/72

MiG-29 Heroes of Kosćiuszko New

Paint Scheme Part 1

By: Modelmaker Decals

Item no: D72087

Price: €7 (approx.)

Web: www.modelmaker.com

If you’re looking for a non-standard scheme with which to decorate a Fulcrum, these Polish Air Force special liveries could be the answer. This 1/72 sheet offers a mix of markings for two MiG-29Ms and two twin-stick UBMs, but all wear the now well-known Kosćiuszko badge, applied large on the upper fuselage. Each aircraft is painted in the usual low-vis grey, but one of the single-seaters has a full-colour rendition of the circular motif, while the remainder all sport two-tone grey versions. Further décor comes via images of Polish aviation heroes on the inside faces of the vertical stabilisers. All the machines here are also available from Modelmaker in 1/48 scale, via sheet D48087. The options, all hailing from the 23rd Tactical Air Base, are:

• MiG-29M, Grey 38, patron aircraft of Flt Lt Wojciech Januszewicz

• MiG-29M, Grey 56, patron aircraft of Wg Cdr Marian Pisarek

• MiG-29UBM, Grey 42, patron aircraft of Col Cedric Fauntleroy

• MiG-29UBM, Grey 28, patron aircraft of Lt Col Gustaw Sidorowicz

LEATHERNECK PATTONS

1/35

US Marines in Vietnam M48A3

Late Model

By: Star Decals

Item no: 35-C-1074 Price: US$8

Web: www.star-decals.net

US Marine Corps M48A3 (Late) tanks are the subject of this Vietnam-war associated package from Star Decals, being distinctive with a raised cupola, and would be suitable for 1/35 offerings by Academy, Dragon and Tamiya. The two sheets supply sufficient markings for all of the markings choices to be built, and there are separate numerals for those wanting to portray other USMC Pattons. All items are printed on matt carrier film, which may cause silvering issues, but the colour register and opacity is excellent. Although the instructions feature four schemes, when the alternative options are included there are actually seven machines, all from the USMC’s 1st Tank Battalion:

• C-14 ‘Red 1’, C Coy

• C-12, Red 1, C Coy, 1970

• C-13, Red 1, C Coy, South of Marble Mountain, 1968

• C-23 ‘Disaster’, C Coy, LZ Baldy, 1969

• C-21 ‘Spanish Fly’, C Coy, LZ Baldy, 1969

• B-24, B Coy

• Y-51 ‘Puss Jr’, HQ Coy

‘TONKA’ DATA

1/48

Panavia Tornado GR.4

Stencils

By: Euro Decals

Item no: ED-48118

Price: £8.95

Web: fantasyprintshop.co.uk

Regardless of the kit you’re building/converting, any 1/48 Tornado GR.4 build will look better courtesy of these well-printed stencils. There’re enough markings for one entire aircraft, and they include the pylonpivot areas, under-nose doppler panel and data for fuel tanks and BOZ-107/Sky Shadow countermeasures pods. Walkway hatching is also supplied, as are the yellow advisory marks for the MACES pylons. And don’t worry if this isn’t ‘your’ scale, as all these stencils are also available in 1/72 and 1/32, via the firm’s ED-72118 and ED-48118 respectively.

CANUCK CATS ABROAD

1/48

RCAF Overseas Catalinas

By: Aviaeology

Item no: AOD48013

Price: C$17.99

Web: www.aviaeology.com

Any new release from this firm is always welcome, particularly for the superb, detail-packed instructions. This sheet offers seven schemes for the Catalina in 1/48 scale, so that’s the original Monogram kit or the parts repackaged by Revell. Besides the beautifully printed decals themselves, which come on three individual backings, there are serials lists by marks, a wealth of structural information and a scale lower-wing drawing. Most of the aircraft are in Extra Dark Sea Grey and Slate Grey over Sky or white, and two aircraft wear RAF South East Asia Command twotone blue national insignia. All the machines are from the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two:

• Mk.1, W8427/QL-G, 413 Sqn, Scotland, 1941-42 and Ceylon, 1942-43

• Mk.I, W8412/B, 413 Sqn, Koggala, 1942-43

• Mk.IB, FP306/D, 413 Sqn, Koggala, 1942-43

• Mk.IB, FP182/G, 413 Sqn, Koggala, early/mid-1944

• Mk.IB, FP103/DG-A, 422 Sqn, UK and USSR, Sept 1942

• Mk.I, AJ155/QL-A, Koggala, April 1942

• Mk.IVB, JX276/Z, Koggala, early/ mid-1944

SWING-WING BATMAN

1/72

Tornado ISD JBG-38

By: Syhart

Item no: 72-089 Price: €9

Web: www.syhartdecal.fr

When it comes to providing complex anniversary schemes that are relatively simple to replicate, Syhart is hard to beat for its attention to detail and comprehensive instructions. This particular twosheet package also supplies a pre-cut self-adhesive mask set to reproduce the distinctive ‘Batman’ artwork. The subject is Luftwaffe JBG-38 airframe 44+97, based at Jever Air Base in 1997, to celebrate the unit’s 40th anniversary of operations. Thanks to clever design, all modeller must do is paint the blue/black scheme with the aid of the masks, as all the yellow trim is supplied in decal form. Colour density is excellent, notably on the yellow and white items, and the register is superb, especially on the unit shield, which adorns the fuselage underside. The minimal stencilling is reproduced accurately and includes wing pivot-point symbols for the pylon locations.

FROM SPYING TO RECORDS

1/72

Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio

By: Arctic Decals

Item no: ARC72-094

Price: €12

Web: www.arcticdecals.com

Arctic Decals can be relied upon to find a different approach to a subject, and this lovely package enables Azur’s 1/72 Ca.310 to be depicted in civilian guise, as I-ENEI, which was involved in an ill-fated attempt to set a record for the time taken to fly between London and Cape Town in 1938. It comprises two decal sheets, and a set of pre-cut selfadhesive chrome vinyl door and window frames for the passenger entrance. The markings are printed on a single piece of carrier film, so they will require cutting individually before they can be applied. Several are multi-piece items, and will require care to align properly, although they do feature superb register and clarity, which should ease positioning. Modellers are advised to apply an acrylic-based varnish over the decals to seal them, as otherwise they will be damaged by lacquer/enamelbased products.

GREY GHOSTS

1/48

McDonnell Douglas Phantom

FGR.2

By: Xtradecal

Item no: X48190 Price: £7.99

Web: www.hannants.co.uk

These luscious low-vis grey Phantom FGR.2 liveries are ideal for Hasegawa’s kit, or the same styrene re-released by Revell. All wear the standard late-service Barley Grey, Medium Sea Grey and Light Aircraft Grey. Note that the instructions, in some cases, seem to state detachment locations rather than the squadrons’ traditional stations, and post-operational placement. The choices are:

• XT903/X, 56 Sqn, Wattisham, 1988

• XV406/CK, 228 OCU, Wattisham, August 1987

• XV499/I, 23 Sqn, Leeming, 1993

• XV419/G, 29 Sqn, Coningsby, 1981

• XV498/U, 92 Sqn, Wildenrath, 1992

• XV490/R, 74 Sqn, Gütersloh, April 7, 1992

• XV466/D ‘Desperation’, 1435 Flt, Mount Pleasant, Dec 1991

• XV421/F ‘Faith’, 1435 Flt, Mount Pleasant, Sept 1991

• XV401/B, 228 OCU, Wattisham, 1988

• XV419/AA, 19 Sqn, Wattisham, 1991

UNUSUAL THOROUGHBREDS

1/72

North American Bubbletop P-51

Mustang Collection

By: Xtradecal

Item no: X72270 Price: £7.99

Web: www.hannants.co.uk

Modellers seeking less-common subjects for their 1/72 P-51Ds would do well to consider Xtradecal’s eclectic mix. Alongside the regular US, British, Australian and New Zealand options are examples from Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Haiti and Somalia, providing a range of eye-catching liveries. The 11 choices are:

• Mustang Mk.IV, KH727/DV-J, 93 Sqn RAF, Italy, 1946

• P-51D, 44-13431/E/QP, 2nd FS, 52nd FG, Madna, Italy, August 1944

• Mustang Mk.IV, NZ2419/19, 2 (Wellington) Sqn, Wellington, New Zealand, late 1940s

• Mustang Mk.IV, 9566/FB-N, Experimental and Proving Establishment, RCAF, Uplands, Canada, 1950s

• CCA-18, A68-71/HU-A, 78 Sqn RAAF, Australia, 1946

• F-51D, MM4236/4-28, 10° Gruppo/4° Stormo, Italy, 1952

• P-51D, J-2113, Fliegerstaffel 21, Dubendorf, Switzerland, 1951

• F-51D, 335, 2 (Flying Cheetahs) Sqn, SAAF, Pyongyang, Korea, 1952

• F-51D, 916, Corps d’Aviation d’Haiti, Haiti, circa 1963

• J 26, 16/N, F16, Uppsala, Sweden, 1945-46

• P051D, Black 2, Somali AF, Somalia, 1955-60

GRANDMA’S FINEST HOUR

1/72

Blackburn Buccaneer Gulf War

Part 2

By: Kits-World

Item no: KW172136

Price: £10.20

Web: www.kits-world.com

Blackburn Buccaneer Gulf War

Part 2

By: Kits-World

Item no: KW172136

Price: £10.20

Web: www.kits-world.com

Whether modellers have CMK, Revell/Matchbox or Airfix 1/72 Buccaneers in the stash, or are just preparing for the latter’s newly tooled offering (see News, P.6), Kits-World’s second foray into Operation Granbydeployed Buccaneer S.2Bs is ideal. It provides markings for seven of the 12 aircraft deployed to Muharraq, Bahrain and the artwork is replicated faithfully, with excellent colour reproduction. Full airframe stencilling is included, but modellers will need to check references as most of the Desert Pink painted Buccaneers featured just basic warning labels; the remainder were overpainted. This set is also available in 1/48 scale (KW148148). The schemes are:

• XW547/R ‘Guinness Girl/Pauline/ The Macallan’

• XX899/P ‘Laser Lips/Laura’

• XV332 ‘Dirty Harriet’

• XW533/A ‘Miss Jolly Roger/Fiona/ Glenfarclas’

• XX889/T ‘Longmorn’

• XX892/I ‘Glen Lossie’

• XX894/O ‘Aberlour’

CAPTURED ZERO

1/144

US Navy A6M2s

By: Shelf Oddity

Item no: SO31447 Price: £4.20

Web: coastalcraftmodelsuk.com

Designed to fit Sweet’s 1/144 offerings, Shelf Oddity’s decals are also suitable for offerings by F-Toys or Minicraft. Just basic items are supplied, in the form of national insignia, plus limited stencilling. It features a single airframe, A6M2 Reisen 21, construction number 4593, which was recovered in Alaska during 1942 and utilised for test purposes subsequently. Two schemes are provided, the first depicts the initial repainting in US Navy two-tone camouflage, which occurred in October 1942. Helpful notes provide direction on the colours for the wheel bays, inner faces of the undercarriage doors and the spinner and propeller. There is a similar treatment for the airframe as it appeared in 1945, by which time it was mainly natural metal, with painted rudder, ailerons and elevators.

HOBBY/GAMING FLAGS

1/72

Wehrmacht Staff Car Pennants

By: Black Lion Decals

Item no: 72547

Price: €4.50

Web: www.blackliondecals.nl

Black Lion has produced a series of decals intended for wargamers, but these are equally applicable to modellers, such as this collection of pennants, as seen on German Army staff cars. These are printed on a single sheet of carrier film, so will need cutting individually before application, but the colour register is good, as is the opacity, even on white areas.

Two examples are supplied for each formation (Army Group, Army Command, Army Corps, Panzer Group, Divisional Command), with four sets of officer pennants. Finally, examples of Panzer, Panzer Grenadiers, Infantry and Artillery insignia are provided, at three different organisational levels (Regiment, Battalion and Kompanie).

TWO-SEAT TWIN-JETS

1/72

Me 262B-1a/B-1a U1 and Avia

CS-92

By: Xtradecal

Item no: X72304 Price: £7.99

Web: www.hannants.co.uk

Xtradecal’s Me 262 trainer/night fighter collection is ideal for Airfix’s newly tooled offering, but also Revell’s neat 1/72 kits. It features a mixture of captured and trials airframes, including a Czech-built example, with several wearing RAF and US Army Air Force insignia and serial numbers. The ten schemes (note airframe ‘Red 10’ is depicted with German and RAF markings):

• Me 262B-1a, Wk Nr 111643, B3+ZM, 4./ KG(J) 54, Lužec nad Vltavou, Czechoslovakia, May 4, 1945

• Me 262B-1a, Black A, Žatec, Czechoslovakia

• Me 262B-1a, White S, III./EJG 2, Lechfield, 1944

• Me 262B-1a, White 17/S

• Me 262 B-1a, Wk Nr 110639, 35 ‘Vera’, Lechfield, May 1945

• Me 262B-1a/U1, Wk Nr 110635, Red 10, IV./NJG 11, Schleswig, 1945

• Me 262B-1a/U1, Wk Nr 110306, Red 9, IV./NJG 11, Schleswig, 1945

• Me 262B-1a/U1, Wk Nr 110306, 999 ‘Old Fruit Cake’, Melon-Villaroche, June 19, 1945

• Avia CS-92.3, V-31, VLÚ Scientific Aviation Institute, September 1947