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Top Colors 17
Fighters Over France 1940

Kagero Publishing

 

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Kagero Topcolours 15017 - Fighters Over France 1940.

Scale:

1/72, 1/48 & 1/32 (each subject in all 3 scales)

Contents & Media:

1 x 34 page A-4 landscape format booklet & decals for 16 subjects in three scales

Price:

Available on-line from Kagero for €24.00 and Squadron for US$24.74

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Excellent production quality and attractive subject material. Great value if you have several Battle of France subjects to build, particularly if they are in larger scales.

Disadvantages:

Relatively expensive if all you want is decals for one or two models.

Conclusion:

Superb quality painting guide and decals that should appeal if you have several builds to do or as a group buy. Should also appeal to decal collectors because of the attractive format.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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FirstRead

 

Kagero is well known for their various series of excellent references on aircraft and military vehicles, campaigns and so on. This is the first of their Top Colors series I have seen in the flesh, and I must say that I’m impressed.

It deals with a slightly neglected period of WWII from a modelling standpoint, this being the Battle of France 1940, with a focus on the French and Germans as opposed to the British. In so doing it gives the opportunity to model some colourful French and classic German fighter schemes.


 

The Booklet

This issue consists of an A4 landscape format booklet with a number of fighter subjects covered, these being:

  • Dewoitine D.520 C1 (x3),
  • Curtiss Hawk 75A-2 (x2),
  • Morane Saulnier MS.406 C1 (x4),
  • Messerschmitt Bf 110C-1 (x1) and
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 (x2), E-3 (x2) and E-4 (x2).
  • Also included are bonus decals representing selected markings.

For each subject there are two pages of high quality artwork with four views of the aircraft concerned. Something I like about these is that they provide an indication of staining and other wear and tear, as opposed to being somewhat sterile pure painting and markings guides. Brief notes on the aircraft and its colour scheme are provided in English and Polish captions. Colours are Armee De l'Air paint names or Luftwaffe RLM codes.

 

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The Decals

Also accompanying the book, and sealed in cellophane bags, are two large (almost A4-sized) and one smaller decal sheet. Interestingly these provide decals for the markings covered by the booklet in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales. Their quality of printing is outstanding, with very fine detail and superb registration. Colour density also appears to be excellent.

 

 

The attractiveness and quality of production of this Top Colour issue is plain to see. But like most good things it comes at a price. Personally I think you get a great deal for the money, considering that you get a booklet and a huge number of quality decals. But most modellers would want to be building several of the subjects covered to get the most value out of the package, or have modelling friends to share the decals with. Given the size of the decals for the different scales covered the value proposition is perhaps best for 1/32 scale modellers. Of course there are also decal collectors to whom the attractiveness of the package is bound to appeal.

I imagine that the logistical savings of offering three scales in one issue offsets the production cost of providing much larger decal sheets than would be the case with individual sheets for the scales offered. It also presumably removes the risk of surplus inventory from over-estimating the demand for a particular scale.

 

 

Not surprisingly given the scales covered there are no national insignia provided, as these would account for several more decal sheets. Hopefully the kit being modelled will come with good quality national markings, or the modeller will have something suitable to hand of equal quality to the Kagero decals.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is an excellent quality booklet and decal package covering a number of interesting subjects. You get a lot of decals for your money, but it may be more than some need or have respectively.  The package makes great sense for those with several Battle of France subjects to build, or a group of modellers with the same interest, and of course the collector who is attracted by great artwork and well-produced decals. Highly recommended to any who fall into these categories.

Thanks to Kagero for this review sample.


Review Copyright 2011 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 26 January, 2011
Last updated 26 January, 2011

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