MAX DECALS RETURNS WITH IRISH CIVIL AIRCRAFT MARKINGS

Ireland’s Max Decals re-emerges from a hiatus of several years, to offer 1/72 liveries for Aer Lingus aircraft in 1952, as CHRIS CLIFFORD reports.

MAX DECALS RETURNS WITH IRISH CIVIL AIRCRAFT MARKINGS

Max Decals has provided properly interesting and useful decals over the years, representing both Irish and international aviation subjects. But the firm has been quiet for some time… until now, with the release of its new 1/72 Aer Lingus markings.

Sheet 7226, Irish Civil Classics Pt.1, supplies Aer Lingus liveries for a Bristol 170 Mk.31 Freighter, a DC-3D and C-47A, all operated during 1952. Each airframe is in bare metal, with the carrier’s smart green trim, registrations and titles. Interestingly, the DC-3D sports a single passenger door, while the C-47A has the standard cargo door arrangement. Note that OzMods produces a 1/72 resin commercial passenger door and surround to fit Italeri’s kit. However, these decals can also be employed with the Airfix C-47, and Fly’s Bristol Freighter Mk.31.

MAX DECALS RETURNS WITH IRISH CIVIL AIRCRAFT MARKINGS

Great quality

Plenty of useful illustrations and pointers adorn the instructions. Max Decals provides clover leaf markings to help create a flag (flown occasionally from one of the cockpit windows), plus Aer Lingus branding and destination names (Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow) to place on the inside of the DC-3D/C-47A fuselage doors. Printing of these limited-edition (screen-printed) decals appears to be flawless, there being a rich rendition of the company’s green shade, thin, gloss carrier film and good register. The airframes are:

•    Bristol 170 Mk.31, EI-AFR ST RONAN

•    C-47A, EI-AFA ST LAURENCE O’ TOOLE

•    DC-3D, EI-ACE, ST COLMCILLE

It’s great to see Max Decals ‘back in the game’ and these Aer Lingus markings are sure to excite modellers favouring classic civil aircraft. Arguably, the markings could also be employed on ESCI Dakota kits if you have them. Sheet 7226 costs €16 and is available direct.