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Kits at War, 1/32 scale

 

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Catalogue Number and Description:

Kits at War DDK3202 - RAF Overseas

Scale: 1/32 scale
Contents and Media: Decal sheet; black and white placement/colour guide
Price:

15 Euro available from speciaist hobby stores worldwide
available for GBP 10.20 online from Hannants

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting selection of aircraft; thin carrier film; excellent colours, resolution and register
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: A well produced and printed sheet offering some interesting options


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


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More new limited run sheets from KitsAtWar, this time in 1/32 scale.

For those who haven’t heard of them before, KitsAtWar are based in the Netherlands and produce a range of limited edition silk-screen printed decals for WWII and post war British and Commonwealth subjects in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale.

 

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DDK3202 provides markings for three (P-40) Kittyhawks as well as a single Brewster Buffalo Mk. 1.  The individual options are as follows:

  • Kittyhawk Mk. 1 AK578 of 112 Squadron RAF based at Landing Ground 139, Gambut, Libya in 1942 and flown by (then) Flying Officer Neville Duke.  The machine is in the desert camouflage scheme of dark earth and middle stone upper surfaces over azure blue with a red spinner (theatre marking) and wears 112 Squadron’s “shark mouth” markings and white squadron codes as well as a black serial number on a green background.
  • Kittyhawk Mk. 1 AK919 of 250 Squadron RAF based at Landing Ground 91, Egypt in 1942 and flown by Squadron Leader Mike Judd.  The machine is in the same desert camouflage scheme as the previous option.  Squadron codes are white and the serial black.  The machine also wears a white outlined red arrow around its exhausts.
  • The next option will appeal to the Aussies as the markings are for Flight Lieutenant Les Jackson’s machine.  The markings are for Kittyhawk Mk. 1 A29-9 which was painted in US equivalents of dark earth and dark green upper surfaces over sky undersides with a black spinner.  The markings depict the machine when it was flown by Les Jackson at Port Moresby in 1942 when he was the Commanding Officer of 75 Squadron RAAF.
  • The final option is the odd man out, Brewster Buffalo Mk. 1 W8163.  The aircraft is painted in the US equivalents of dark earth and dark green upper surfaces over sky (or sky grey) underside with the starboard side of the fuselage and the entire wing in “Night” black.  This was an ex 21 Squadron RAAF machine but the RAAF markings have been painted out and the supplied markings depict it when it was being flown by Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force and wearing its markings which comprise red white and blue horizontal “flags” on either side of the fuselage and on the undersides of both wings.  The machine still wears the GA-P squadron codes of its previous owners and these are supplied as decals as is the serial number.

The decals themselves have been printed in Holland by a company by the name of Zeefdrukkerij van der Geest bv.  They are thin, sharp printed and in are in perfect register with the colours appearing to be true to the original especially the red used for the national markings.

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows black and white left and right hand side profile drawings of each of each option as well as a generic upper surface plan view of the Kittyhawk and both upper an lower surfaces plan views of the Buffalo. 

The decals and the placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

The recommended kits are the Hasegawa P-40E and the Special Hobby Buffalo.

As with all KitsAtWar sheets, this one is a limited to a print run of just 150 sheets so get while you can!

This is a well produced and printed sheet from Kits AtWar.  It carries some great markings that will result in an outstanding 1/32 scale model.

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


Review Copyright 2008 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 1 January, 2009
Last updated 1 January, 2009

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