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SEAC/Pacific
Liberator/Mosquito

Kits at War, 1/72 & 1/48 scales

 

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Catalogue Number and Description:

Kits at War DDK7218 SEAC/Pacific Liberator/Mosquito

Scale: available in 1/72 & 1/48 scales
Contents and Media: Decal sheet; black and white placement/colour guide
Price:

15 Euro available from speciaist hobby stores worldwide
available for GBP 8.72 online from Hannants

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Wide selection of aircraft RAF/RAAF B-24’s; unusual options, thin carrier film; excellent colours, resolution and register
Disadvantages: Some of the nose art a little grainy
Conclusion: A great way to customise your new Hasegawa 1/72 scale Liberator, your old Monogram kit and Mosquitos


Reviewed by Peter Mitchell


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This new release from Kits at War comes just in time too coincide with the release of Hasegawas new B-24 releases in 1/72 scale. A sub-set of the subjects is also available from Kits at War in 1/48 scale.

Indeed, for anyone wishing to make something different from a USAAF B-24, this sheet would be an excellent start; with some rather unusual options included ie the Dutch Navy B-24.

Markings for no less than 9 aircraft are supplied (7 Liberators and 2 Mosquitos).

The decals themselves are nicely arranged on a single blue coloured backing sheet, the carrier film is thin, colour register and density is perfect and colours presented appear to be correct.

 

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The resolution is also fantastic; the small print of the data stencils is quite legible.

An extra sheet with two detailed nose art decals (the Parrot and the Woodcutter) are also included. I’m not sure why these “extras” have been placed on a separate sheet, their register is spot on, however the colour density is a bit “grainy” and this will be difficult to disguise. This was my only disappointment with this otherwise excellent sheet set.

Options provided on the 1/72 scale sheet are as follows:

  • Liberator GR.VI; KG991. C. 321 Sqn (Dutch) 1944 Coccos Islands. Extra Dark Sea Grey over White. Dutch Tricolour and impressive sharks mouth nose art.

  • Liberator GR.VI; EV834. Z. 354 Sqn 1944 India. Extra Dark Sea Grey/Slate Grey over White. SEAC roundels and retractable ventral radome.*

  • Liberator GR.VI; KH393. K. 358 Sqn 1944 Jessore India. Olive Drab over Neutral Grey. Yellow outlined SEAC roundels and Parrot nose art.

  • Liberator GR.VI; KH160. W. 358 Sqn 1944 Jessore India. Olive Drab over Neutral Grey. Yellow outlined SEAC roundels and Wood cutter nose art *

  • Liberator GR.VI; KL629. X. 99 Sqn 1945 India. Dark Earth/Dark Green over Black. Yellow outlined SEAC roundels.

  • Liberator GR.VI; KL574. BL-V. 40 Sqn 1945 Foggia Italy. Dark Earth/Dark Green over Black.

  • Liberator GR.V; BZ759. LP 111 OTU 1943 Bahamas. Extra Dark Sea Grey over White.

  • Liberator B-24M; A72-183. NX-R. “Meddlesome Maggie”. 200 Flight RAAF 1945 Philippines. Overall natural metal. Retractable ventral radome. *

  • Mosquito FB.VI; HR623. CL. 618 Sqn RAF 1945 Australia. Medium Sea Grey/Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey *

  • Mosquito FB.VI; HR399. OB-R. 45 Sqn RAF 1945. Dark Earth Dark/Green over Azure Blue. SEAC roundels, White ID stripes on wings and tailplane, Mission tally. *

The subjects marked with an asterisk * are included on the 1/72 scale sheet.

These sheets will represent a nice way to customise your big Liberator kits in 1/72 or 1/48 scales.

Thanks to Luuk at Kits at War for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2008 by Peter Mitchell
This Page Created on 24 July, 2008
Last updated 24 July, 2008

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