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Gods of Sea and Fire
The Neptune and Vulcan
in RAF Service

Freightdog Decals, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Freightdog Models Item No. FSD72-001 - Gods of Sea and Fire The Neptune and Vulcan in RAF Service

Scale:

1/72

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes

Price:

GBP £10.00 from Freightdog Models website

Review Type:

FirstLook

Advantages:

Comprehensive treatment, wide variety of schemes , new and better instructional notes

Disadvantages:

None noted

Conclusion:

Nice to see a re-print of the original Freightdog Decals sheet. Four years on an unsurprisingly still only the old Airfix and Hasegawa (converted) kits are available for the subject, which is a real pity as there are some great subjects included.


Reviewed by
Ken Bowes


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FirstLook

 

I first reviewed this sheet from Freightdog Models way back in 2007. For those interested go here for my opinion back then.

So this begs the question what has changed in the last four years (aside from the price going to GBP 10.00 from the previous GBP 8.50).

Well firstly what had been provided as a correction sheet in the original release has now been incorporated on the main A5 sized sheet, being the 36 Squadron green codes and resized squadron markings for the Vulcan subjects. Also included is a new Neptune MR MK 1 subject, this time for 236OCU, RAF Kinloss in 1956. The remaining two Neptune and eight Vulcan subjects (from six airframes) carry over from the first release.

These subjects are:

  • Neptune MR Mk 1 of 1453 EW Flight in 1953

  • Neptune MR Mk 1 of 36SQN in 1957;

  • Vulcan B Mk 2 XH560 of 27SQN in 1981;

  • Vulcan K Mk 2 Tanker XH560 of 50SQN in late 1982;

  • Vulcan B Mk 2 XL320 of 230OCU in 1974;

  • Vulcan B Mk 2 XL390 of 617SQN “Dambusters” in 1970;

  • Vulcan B Mk 2 XM595 of 27SQN in 1970;

  • Vulcan B Mk 2 XM595 of 35SQN in 1975;

  • Vulcan XM607 of 44SQN 1982. This aircraft is the famous Vulcan “607” which carried out the first Black Buck Raid on Port Stanley Airfield during the Falklands War in 1982; and

  • Vulcan XM607 of 44SQN in an earlier guise in 1977 when attending Exercise RED FLAG at Nellis AFB. Unusually this Vulcan received a tan and brown disruptive scheme on its underside for this deployment.

As per the original sheet, this sheet appears to have been printed by Fantasy Printshop and are very well printed, being very thin with minimal carrier film and all images in very good register. A separate sheet now carries most of the national markings now required for the included subjects and provides enough roundels and common markings for several models to be completed.

 

 

Back in 2007 my major criticism was a lack of explanation of the correction insert and instructions for the airframe stencils provided on the sheet. As now noted in an insert, the stencils match the Airfix kit and as such the Airfix kit instructions can be used to guide placement, whilst all other corrections are now incorporated in the main decal sheet, removing the need to figure out which is the correct design to use. Freightdog also notes that modifications for the Airfix Vulcan, especially the Olympus engine exhausts are now available direct from them, making building all the subjects easier.

 

 

Freightdog has done a great job refreshing this their earliest release. Shortcomings from the previous sheet have been addressed and in doing so the space has been created for a new subject to be included. I am a great fan of Freightdog and their imaginative choice of subjects, and this sheet amply demonstrates what a range of interesting subjects can still be found for old but readily available kits such as the Airfix Vulcan and Hasegawa Neptune, with appropriate conversions.

Thanks to Freightdog Models for the sample.


Review Copyright 2011 by Ken Bowes
Page Created 14 November, 2011
Last updated 14 November, 2011

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