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Dutch Profile

Dutchies in the Fleet Air Arm

Book & Two Decal Sheets
(available separately)

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: Not quoted
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 14 pages including covers
Price: Profile nr. 6: 12.95 Euros each (plus postage and packing)
Decals: 11.25 Euros each (inc. P&P)

available online from Dutch Profile and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide including Meteor Productions and Hannants

Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Book: Interesting story of an overlooked aspect of aviation history; six colour four view illustrations, plus six side profiles; decal tie-in (available separately); many helpfully captioned photos; covers history, operations, camouflage and markings; full text and captions in both Dutch and English.

Decals: High quality decals with minimum carrier film; includes both 1/72 and 1/48 on one sheet and 1/32 scale on the other; interesting and varied subjects.

Disadvantages: Minimal decal instructions means that the book will be necessary for placement
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to WWII FAA enthusiasts and modellers.

Reviewed by Brett Green


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F i r s t  R e a d

 

The Book

The sixth release in the Dutch Profile series is "Dutchies in the Fleet Air Arm". This book (or perhaps booklet would be a better description considering its slight 14 pages) covers a selection of Dutch pilots and their aircraft in service with the British Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War.

This small group of pilots received their wings in 1943 and made contributions to the war effort in the Atlantic, Pacific and SEAC from June 1944 until victory over Japan.

The 14 pages provides background text on six specific pilots presented in both Dutch and English. Each pilot's text profile is supported by wartime photographs plus full colour four view illustrations of their aircraft. The selection of aircraft includes Hellcats, Corsairs, Spitfires and even a Hurricane.

The photos and profiles are excellent.


 

The Decals

Once again, Dutch Profile is offering decals to tie-in with this book.

The decals are available separately. For the first time, two sheets are offered - one with 1/72 and 1/48 scale markings, and the second with a more limited selection of 1/32 scale subjects from the book.

Subjects on the 1/72 & 1/48 scale sheet are:

  • Hellcat II JX860* in overall Gloss Sea Blue

  • Hellcat II JX701* and JX688 both in Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky

  • Hellcat I JX730 and JV111* both in Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky

  • Corsair Mk.IV KD803* in overall Gloss Sea Blue

Those subjects marked with an asterisk * are included on the 1/32 scale sheet.

The decals are produced to the same high standard as Dutch Decals earlier releases, with thin carrier film and perfect registration.

Instructions are limited to a single page, with text descriptions in Dutch and English, and an outboard view of a wing tip. You will need to buy the the book in order to paint your model and place the decals.

 

 

Conclusion

 

I really do like the recent trend of specific subject reference books tying up with a simultaneous decal release. This "one-stop shop" style of reference and markings is very useful to modellers, especially in niche subject areas such as this.

DutchProfile's "Dutchies in the Fleet Air Arm" is an interesting account of an otherwise underexposed corner of aviation, and will be welcomed by FAA fans and Dutch Aviation buffs alike.

Timing is great too, with new Hellcat kits recently released or due in both 1/32 and 1/48 scale (from Trumpeter and Eduard respectively).

The separately available decals are the icing on the cake for modellers of 1/32, 1/48 or 1/72 scale kits.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Profile for the review samples.


Dutch Decals and DutchProfile Publications are available online from the Dutch Profile website and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide


Review Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 04 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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