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Canberra

RAF B(I)8 and PR.9 Canberras

Pts I & II

 

1/48 scale

 

Model Alliance Decals

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: Model Alliance 48145 - RAF B(I)8 and PR.9 Canberras  Pt.I
Model Alliance 48146 - RAF B(I)8 and PR.9 Canberras  Pt.II
Scale: 1/48 (also available in 1/72 scale)
Contents and Media: Each set contains decal sheet; one A5 sized full colour instruction booklet
Price: Each GBP13.00 available online from Aviation Workshop website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting subjects; wide selection of markings and variants; good colour density and minimum carrier film. thin, flexible and strong; individually silk screen printed; good instructions; perfect register; bonus decals provided that are not mentioned in the instructions.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Model Alliance has added two decal sheets to their existing nine (!) Canberra decal sheets. The focus of these new releases are the "fighter canopy" versions of the Canberra - the B(I)8 and PR.9. These subjects are all covered in Aviation Workshop's recent Canberra On Target Profile 11 book.

The decals under review are in 1/48 scale, but they are also available in 1/72 scale.

The subjects offer good variety of colours and markings. They will be suitable for the forthcoming Classic Airframes 1/48 scale PR.9 Canberra kit.

48145 - RAF B(I)8 & PR.9 Canberras Pt.I

Here we have markings for three bombers and two PR aircraft:

  • Canberra B(I)8 WT332 16 Sqn Laarbruch 1972 with shark mouth

  • Canberra B(I)8 XH208 3 Sqn Geilenkirchen 1967

  • Canberra B(I)8 WT339 88 Sqn Wildenrath

  • Canberra PR.9 XH165 13 Sqn Akrotiri 1961

  • Canberra PR.9 XH131 39 Sqn Marham 2005



48146 - RAF B(I)8 & PR.9 Canberras Pt.II

This sheet is packed with decals for four bombers and five PR marking options. A small supplementary sheet is also supplied with the girlie nose art for the two Op Telic subjects. Subjects on the decal sheet are:

  • Canberra B(I)8 WT362/G 14 Sqn Wildenrath 1969;

  • Canberra B(I)8 XM268 16 Sqn Bruggen 1963; 

  • Canberra B(I)8  XM268 16 Sqn Bruggen 1963

  • Canberra B(I)8 VX185 Prototype 1854

  • Canberra B(I)8 XH208 3 Sqn Geilenkirchen 1960

  • Canberra PR.9 XH175 39 Sqn Wyton 1979 or 1PRU Wyton 1983;

  • Canberra PR.9 XH135/AC 1 PRU Wyton 1989 or 39 Sqn `Persian Princess';

  • Canberra PR.9 XH168 39 Sqn `Eastern Promise'

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Walkway lines in four styles (black, red, yellow and red-dashed) are included, but stencils will have to be sourced from the kit or from the Model Alliance generic Canberra decal sheet.

Instructions are once again a highlight of this package. Each are supplied as a stapled, A5 sized eight page booklet with three views of each aircraft. Quality of the artwork and the colour callouts is very good. A handy list of Canberra interior detail colours and reference photos is also included.

The decals themselves are beautifully printed and in perfect register.

The biggest disadvantage is the limited run nature of the Classic Airframes kit for which these decals are designed. Snap 'em up while you can! Hannants has also announced a PR Canberra kit in the 1/72 scale Xtrakits range to be released later this year.

This is another well-presented and interesting release of an attractive subject from Model Alliance.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK)  for the review sample


Model Alliance products are available online from the Aviation Workshop.


Review Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 02 May, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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