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Spada Decals
WWI, Hellcat, Bearcat Markings

various scales

 

Summary

Catalogue Number:

See below for details

Scale:

various scales (noted below)

Contents and Media:

Waterslide ALPS or Laser printed decals plus profiles, instructions and notes

Price:

available online from Spada Decals

Review Type:

FirstLook

Advantages:

Interesting subjects, thin carrier film, perfect register, alternate “handed” designs.

Disadvantages:

Requires more care than usual to apply

Conclusion:

An interesting and eclectic collection


Reviewed by Robert Baumgartner


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FirstLook

 

Spada Decals makes a welcome return with an impressive array of new subjects.

These sheets are printed with a continuous carrier film which requires careful trimming around the item needed. For subjects that have images containing white, the surrounding layer is in this colour. The other designs are printed on a clear background.

A lot of the aircraft have emblems on both sides of the fuselage. Many times it is not known if the image was “handed”. To cater for this Spada supply both left and right facing versions which really shows that they have the modellers’ interest at heart.

The carrier film is very thin and all of the examples were in perfect register.
Past experience has revealed that commercial setting solutions work well with these decals. There is no reason to suspect that this batch should be any different but testing on a spare item first is always prudent.

Albatros D.III

First cab off the rank is three sheets to take advantage of Roden’s recent Albatros D.III in 1:32 scale. Each gives the modeller a choice of four aircraft to choose from and all have been selected from references that are well respected in the “string bag” community.

Sheet LL-Alb3/03       Albatros DIII Gallery Vol 1

  1. Albatros D.III serial 760/17, flown by Vzfw. Hans Oberländer, Jasta 30, 1917.
  2. Albatros D.III serial 767/17, flown by Ltn. Oskar Seitz, Jasta 30, 1917
  3. Albatros D.III serial unknown, flown by Offz. Stv Friedrich Altemeier, Jasta 24, 1917.
  4. Albatros D.III serial unknown, flown by Lt. Rudolf Hohberg, Fl. Abt.(A)263, 1917

Sheet LL-Alb3/04       Albatros DIII Gallery Vol 2

 

 

  1. Albatros D.III (OAW) serial and pilot unknown, MJF III, 1917
  2. Albatros D.III serial 1922/16, pilot unknown, Jasta 24, 1917
  3. Albatros D.III serial 23??/16, pilot and unit unknown, 1917
  4. Albatros D.III serial 1958/16, flown by Oblt. Paul von Osterroht, Jasta 12, 1917

Sheet LL-Alb3/05       Albatros DIII Gallery Vol 3

 

 

  1. Albatros D.III serial 2217/16, pilots include Hans Berr, Josef Mai and Walter Reichenbach, Jasta 5, 1917.
  2. Albatros D.III serial unknown, flown by Lt. Werner Voss, Jasta 5, 1917.
  3. Albatros D.III serial 643/17, flown by Oblt. Robert Greim, Jasta 34, 1917.
  4. Albatros D.III (OAW) serial unknown, flown by Jupp Cremer, Jasta 5, 1917

Naturally the modeller should be aware that some of the subjects will require kit modifications to the standard kit to accurately portray their favourite aircraft.


 

Sopwith Camels

Sopwith Camels are not forgotten and a trio of them are present on the next release.
They are also in 1:32 scale and once again, the subject chosen may require some scratch building.

Sheet CLL-SoCam/07             Camels of No.3 Naval Sqn. & 112 Sqn.

 

 

  1. Sopwith Camel B6401 of No.3 Naval Squadron RNAS, Bray Dunes Aerodrome 1918, flown by Lloyd S. Breadner.
  2. Sopwith F.1 Camel, 112 squadron, Royal Air Force, Kent, 1918.
  3. Sopwith Camel B3781 flown by FSL W P Ellwood, No.3 Naval Squadron, 1917.

For those that enjoy portraying aircraft in foreign hands, a delightful selection of four aircraft is also available in the above scale. There is quite a bit of speculation about some of the schemes and the instructions suitably note this.

Sheet CLL-SoCam/08             Camels in Foreign hands…

 

 

  1. Captured Sopwith camel, Jasta 26, serial unknown, flown by Otto Kissenberth, April-May 1918. Captured from 3 Sq. (RN). Kissenberth actually shot down a SE 5 in this aircraft! (20th victory).
  2.  Sopwith Camel believed to be captured by “Red” Russians. Some speculate the pilot could have been Boris Waynoff.
  3. Latvian Camel, speculated as being painted in overall RAF dark brown.
  4. Latvian Camel, with some saying overall silver dope, others quoting natural linen.

 

Nieuport 17

(Sheet LL-Ni17/20      Charles Nungesser Esc N65 & N124, Marc Ambrogi, Esc N90)

 

 

The Nieuport 17 has always been a favourite amongst World War aircraft followers and these three subjects promise to make an impact in 1:32 scale.

  1. Nieuport Ni17, serial N1895, flown by Lieutenant Charles Nungesser, Escadrille N65, France early summer 1916.
  2. Nieuport Ni17, serial N1490, flown by S/Lt Ch. Nungesser, Escadrille N124, July 1917.
  3. Nieuport Ni17, serial unknown, Escadrille N90, flown by Lt, Marc Ambrogi, 1917/ start 1918.

 

French Hellcats

 

Next up in this large scale is a sheet for French Hellcats. From the 10 choices available, it is possible for the modeller to build at least two complete aircraft.

The options on sheet SD-LL-LCAR01/FR are:
                       

  1. F6F-5, II.F.II, serial 348, Flottile 11F, 1953
  2. F6F-5, serial unknown “12.F.1”, 12ème Flottille de Chasse embarquèe, 1954
  3. F6F-5, 1F.7, Flottile 1F, 1951
  4. F6F-5, 11.F.31, serial 348, Flottille 11F, 1951-1953
  5. F6F-5, 12.F.2, 12ème Flottille de Chasse embarquèe, 1954
  6. F6F-5, 1F4, serial 78418, Flottile 1F, 1951-1953
  7. F6F-5, 12.F.20, serial 781, Flottille 12F, 1953
  8. F6F-5, 11.F.20, serial 79404, Flottille 11F, 1954
  9. F6F-5 BuNo 93901, GC 1/6 Corse, 1951
  10. F6F-5 BuNo 79452, GC 2/9 Auvergne, 1952

 

French Bearcats

 

An astonishing 27 options are presented on this sheet, providing the large scale builder with a plethora of choices.

Some of the aircraft chosen have controversial schemes and where this occurs, mention of it is made in the instruction sheet.

 

 

The French subjects represented on SD-LL-BCAT01/FR are:

  1. F8F serial (9)4939, code “Juliet”
  2. F8F serial 95014, code “Kilo”,
  3. F8F serial 121509, code “Charlie”, GC 2/8
  4. F8F serial 94999, code “Uniform”, GC 3/6
  5. F8F serial 94220, code “Uniform” GC 2/22
  6. F8F serial 121601, code “Sierra”, GC 3/6
  7. F8F serial 164, code “Hotel”, GC 2/21
  8. F8F serial 184, code “Echo”, GC 2/21
  9. F8F serial 95487, code “Tango”, GC 1/6
  10. F8F serial 95105, code “Papa”, GC 2/21
  11. F8F serial 95472, code “Bravo” GC 1/6
  12. F8F serial 95015, code “Echo” GC 1/9
  13. F8F serial 95462, code “Lima”, GC 1/6
  14. F8F serial 95015, code “Echo”, GC 1/9
  15. F8F serial 95437, code “Golf”, EROM 80
  16. F8F serial 94913, code “Foxtrot”, GC 1/22
  17. F8F serial 95338, code “Charlie”, EROM 80
  18. F8F-1B serial 121510, code “Romeo”, GC 1/22
  19. F8F serial 922, code “Alpha”, EROM 80
  20. F8F serial 95035, code “Whisky”, GC 1/22
  21. F8F serial 94836, code “Alpha”, GC 1/21
  22. F8F serial 121489, code “India”, GC 1/22
  23. F8F-1B serial 95172, code “Golf”, GC 1/9
  24. F8F-1B serial 95172, code “Golf”, GC 1/21
  25. F8F serial 2098, code “Bravo”, GC 3/6
  26. F8F-1B serial 121491, code “Romeo”, GC 1/21
  27. F8F-1B serial 5492, code “Papa”, GC 1/9

 

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Conclusion

 

This is certainly another interesting collection from Spada.

They are keen to please the modeller by supplying extra decals where doubt exists in a particular subject. A list of references used can be found on most of the instruction sheets so the purchaser can check the validity of the aircraft’s scheme for themselves.

The quality of printing is excellent and all the modeller needs is a steady hand to cut them out.

Thanks to Spada Decals for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2008 by Robert Baumgartner
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Last updated 21 July, 2008

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