S u m m a r y
|Catalogue Number and
||Empire City Decals No. ECD7208 & ECD4808 - Hayabusa Collection
||available in either 1/72 or 1/48 scales
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals for 14 aircraft plus instructions and notes
||USD$14.00 in either scale from Empire City Decals website
||Sharp printing, perfect registration, a plethora of options
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
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Most Japanese aircraft enthusiasts would have more than one Hayabusa in their collection to build.
The aircraft had graceful lines, was produced in great numbers and carried an interesting array of colourful markings. The Ki-43 II was produced in the greatest numbers and this is the subject of this decal sheet.
Empire City Decals supply markings for an impressive 14 examples.
The printing is done by AviPrint in the Czech Republic so a high standard of reproduction is assured. The carrier film is commendably thin and each image is sharply printed and in perfect register.
National markings consist of a single set for each country though another source is needed if you wish to add stencil data.
Indonesian Peoples Security Force, Jakarta, 1946
Royal Thai Air Force, Bangkok, 1944
63rd Hiko-Sentai, 3rd Chutai, New Guinea, 1943
19th Rensei-Hikotai, Tanshan AB, China, 1945
25th Hiko-Sentai, 1st Chutai, Hankow AB, China, 1944
26th Rensai-Sentai, Malang AB, Java Island, 1945
55th Hiko-Sentai, Komaki AB, Nagoya, 1944
47th Hiko-Sentai, 1st Chutai, Narimasu AB, Tokyo, 1944
33rd Hiko-Sentai, 1st Chutai, Gernbang AB, Sumatra, 1944
24th Hiko-Sentai, 2nd Chutai, New Ireland, 1944
19th Hiko-Dan HQ Flying Staff, Chofu AB, Tokyo, 1943
26th Hiko-Sentai, 1st Chutai, Palemang AB, Sumatra, 1943
9th Rensei-Hikotai, Waitoba AB, Sumatra, 1944
8th Kyoiku-Hikotai, Heito AB, Formasa, 1944
Only the first two examples are shown with full colour profiles.
The instructions show the rest with tailing markings only. Thus the modeller will need extra reference material to replicate the exact camouflage scheme for options 3 to 14.
Despite this, the sheet is a perfect excuse to dust off your stash of “Falcons”. The wide variety of marking will allow you to add yet another colourful bird to the nest.
Thanks to Empire City Decals for the review samples
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Review Copyright © 2008 by Rob Baumgartner
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