1 MAN ARMY 1/24 SPITFIRE AND TYPHOON MASKS

Modellers planning to build Airfix’s Spitfire Mk.IXc or Typhoon Mk.Ib Superkits have superb masking options offering both insignia and codes/serials.

1 MAN ARMY 1/24 SPITFIRE AND TYPHOON MASKS

Belgian firm 1 Man Army has released two new masking sets with builders of Airfix 1/24 Superkits in mind. The first, 24DET016 (£34.99), offers three large sheets of pre-cut tape masks, which allow you to paint all of the national insignia, serials, fuselage codes and stencilling on Airfix’s new-tool Spitfire Mk.IXc. The set provides masks for three of the airframes represented by Airfix’s decals.

However, although one of these has a large nose art on Airfix’s sheet, the masking set does not offer the means of masking for it as it’s too complex… so using the kit decal is the only choice. Two of the machines are from a Canadian-manned unit, and the associated maple leaf badge can also be emulated with masks supplied here. The Spitfires are:

•    EN398/JE-J, Wg Cdr James E ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, 402 (City of Winnipeg) Squadron, England, 1943
•    EN398/AE-B, Flt Lt Ian Keltie, 402 (City of Winnipeg) Squadron, England, 1943
•    ML214/5J-K, Sqn Ldr Johnny Plagis, 126 Squadron, England, 1944

1 MAN ARMY 1/24 SPITFIRE AND TYPHOON MASKS

1 MAN ARMY 1/24 SPITFIRE AND TYPHOON MASKS

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Also released is set 24DET011 (£33.99) for Airfix’s Hawker Typhoon, which follows a similar format in providing masks for stencilling, codes/serials and national insignia. The three Typhoons (with sliding canopies), which are all those represented in Airfix’s kit A19002, are:

•    MN666/C-G, 121 Wing, RAF Holmlsey South, June 1944
•    DN252/ZY-N, 247 Squadron, France/Belgium, June-September 1944
•    RB389/I8-P, 440 Squadron, RCAF, Netherlands/Germany, 1945

Besides the masks themselves, 1 Man Army also provides extensive instructions and clear, concise drawings to aid mask placement and use. Airbrushing the markings certainly makes a model look more authentic, because you’re more or less following the process employed on the real aircraft. It’s even more noticeable on models in this larger scale. The masks are available in the UK via Hannants.

1 MAN ARMY 1/24 SPITFIRE AND TYPHOON MASKS

Above: 1 Man Army's instructions are thorough and helpful.