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457 Squadron RAAF
Spitfires in the United Kingdom 1941-42

The Away Team Part 2

Red Roo Models, 1/72 & 1/48 scales

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

Red Roo Models RRR7253 & RRD4848
457 Squadron RAAF - Spitfires in the United Kingdom 1941-42The Away Team Part 2

Scale: available in 1/72 and 1/48 scales
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals and colour instructions
Price: each AUD$24.95 available online from Red Roo Models website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Generous instructions, decals in perfect register, thin carrier film, good adhesion. Disadvantages: No stencil data
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: A well-researched quality product that provides Australian markings for early Spitfires.

 

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner


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FirstLook

 

This aptly named decal sheet is devoted to Spitfires of 457 Squadron RAAF. The release is available separately in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales.

It represents 4 aircraft that were based in the United Kingdom during the period 1941-42. Spitfire types covered are the Mk I, Mk IIA, and the Mk Vb. As a result, modellers should take care that their kit has the modifications necessary to portray the chosen subject.

There is also another point to consider. During mid-May 1941, revised national markings were introduced as the bright red of the roundel was deemed to attract the attention of the enemy gunners. As the subjects of this sheet were already in service around this time (and the changes would take some time to implement retrospectively), it has been assumed that the earlier red was still in use.

 

 

This appears to be backed up by photographs and therefore it is the brighter of the two that is found on this product.

  • Spitfire Mk I, X4817, BP-C, 457 Squadron RAAF, Jurby, Isle of Man, September 1941.

The camouflage scheme consists of RAF Dark Green and Ocean Grey upper surfaces with Medium Sea Grey lower surfaces. The fuselage band and spinner were Sky as was the squadron codes. An Australian flag graced the cockpit door and what appears to be a white rabbit can be seen beneath the windscreen.

  • Spitfire Mk I, N3246, BP-P, 457 Squadron RAAF, Jurby, Isle of Man, September 1941

Once again we see the standard RAF Dark Green and Ocean Grey upper surfaces with Medium Sea Grey lower surfaces. Sky was used for the spinner and squadron code as well as the fuselage band.

  • Spitfire Mk II, P8175, BP-R, 457 Squadron RAAF, Andreas, Isle of Man, October 1941.

This time we find the aircraft sporting the RAF Dark Green and Dark Earth combination with Sky Type S lower surfaces. This early war scheme also utilized Sky for the fuselage band and spinner, but with Medium Sea Grey being used for the squadron codes. Painted in white below the cockpit of this presentation aircraft, we find the town “Charleville” and a convincing map of Australia.

  • Spitfire Mk Vb, BL351, BP-H, 457 Squadron RAAF, Andreas, Isle of Man, February 1942.

We are back to the standard RAF Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey combination for this machine. It was flown by the 14 victory ace Flight Lieutenant J.A.A. Gibson who was also “B” Flight Commander. Interestingly he is the only Allied pilot believed to have flown in the Battle of Britain, Battle of France, ETO and SWPA.

 

Conclusion

 

This is a very well produced product with lavish instructions showing 4-views of each option. They are A4 in size and a single page is allocated for each aircraft.

The decals themselves are in perfect register with very thin carrier film. Importantly Red Roo provides details of the references they used for this sheet so if you have any questions about the interpretations … you know where to look.

So if you need a new scheme for your latest 1/72 or 1/48 scale Spitfires, try one from 457 Squadron RAAF.

Thanks to Gary Byk at Red Roo Models for the review sample


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Text and Images Copyright 2008 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 9 December, 2008
Last updated 9 December, 2008

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