S u m m a r y
|Catalogue Number and
||Model Alliance 489028 - Defending the
Reich Skies 1944-1945 Pt.1
|Contents and Media:
||1 x 150mm x 210mm decal sheet and
available online from the Model Alliance website
||Sharply printed, good colour
definition, variety of subjects.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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There seems to be no stopping the decal
industry when it comes to Luftwaffe subjects. With existing and forthcoming
releases of new aircraft from a variety of manufacturers…it’s no wonder.
This is the first part of the “Defending
the Reich Skies” from Model Alliance. It comprises a selection of four different
types of fighters which contribute to five subjects.
single decal pane is supplied along with a colourful A4 sized instruction sheet.
The latter shows the placement of all the markings and includes the upper
surface camouflage of all aircraft concerned.
Some of the tones on the colour swabs
used for this are very similar to others represented. This may be confusing to a
new comer, and for them, additional resources may be needed.
No description is given for the RLM
combinations used so those given below are from the profiles of these aircraft
found in the Forsyth book “Luftwaffe Colours Vol. 5 Section 3” (a reference
given in the instruction sheet).
Where possible, the manufacturers have
referenced the RLM colours to FS colours and some popular paint brands. Those
covered are Humbrol, Xtracolor, Lifecolor and Model Master.
The five subjects profiled are:
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14
“White 1”, 9./JG 26, Lille-Nord, France, May 1944, finished in RLM 74/75/76
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9,
W.Nr. 10194, Fw. Werner Hohenberg, Stab/JG 2, Merzhausen, Germany, 1 January
1945. Finished in RLM 83/75/76.
Focke-Wulf Ta 152 H
“Yellow 1”, 7./JG 301, Alteno, Germany, Feb 1945. Finished in RLM 82/83/76
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10,
“Black 4”, W.Nr. 150816, ex-II./JG 2, Langensalza, Germany, April 1945.
Finished in RLM 74/75/76
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-9,
“Red 22”, W.Nr. 490044, 6./JG 301, Langensalza, Germany, April 1945.
Finished in RLM 74/75/76
The decals are produced by Colourslide-UK
and are very well printed. Nothing was out of register and the colour density is
excellent. The carrier film is quite thin and experience confirms that they can
withstand rough handling.
No stencil data is provided so modellers
will have to use whatever the kit supplies or get these from other sources.
Although the subjects have been seen
before in the after market world, it is not often they are presented on the same
There is plenty of variety in this
interesting selection and the provided list of suitable kits will give you a
good starting point for your next masterpiece.
Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK) for the
Model Alliance products are
online from the Aviation Workshop.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 22 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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