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MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF
Polish Air Force Subjects

Montex Decals, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subjects

Scale:

1/48

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes

Price:

Not known at this time – see Montex Website for distributors

Review Type:

FirstLook

Advantages:

Comprehensive treatment, wide variety of schemes , nice addition of canopy masks from the Montex range

Disadvantages:

None noted

Conclusion:

Montex as produced a range of decals for modern Polish subjects which sits well with the Polish Wings range of books. Plenty of interesting subjects, well supported by reference photographs and diagrams in the instructions.


Reviewed by
Ken Bowes


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FirstLook

 

Montex is probably best known for their range of masks for a wide variety of subjects and covering everything from canopies to wheels and markings. For a while though they have promised a foray into decal sheets for Polish Air Force subjects, in support of the Polish Wings series of books, many of which have been reviewed here. The three sets covered here represent the first three releases in this series, which is available in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale. Each set comes packaged with comprehensive instructions, including paint call outs in common brands and Federal Standard equivalents, four view diagrams a set of their trademark canopy masks.

 

  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
  • Montex Decals Item Nos. MD-001, 002, 003 - MiG-21 MF, Mi-24D/W and MiG-23MF Polish Air Force Subject: Image
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The first sheet released (MD-001) covers the MiG-21MF Fishbed and is timely given the recent Eduard release but is equally applicable to the older (if less accurate) Academy kit. Five subjects include:

  • 9111 3 Squadron, Poznan 2002 with a large eagle on the tail
  • 6715 10 Squadron at the Radom Airshow in 2002
  • 7907 as above
  • 6804 as above all with complex unit markings in the nose and fin
  • 7817 10 Squadron Lask 2001

Options include both full-colour and lo-viz national markings and three distinct camouflage schemes all a combination of grays.

MD-002 covers the Mi-24D/W and as can be expected include a variety of schemes for the Monogram Mi-24D kit. Eight subjects are provided including:

  • Mi-24D – 49th Regiment June 2004
  • Mi-24W – 56th Regiment Summer 1993
  • Mi-24D – 1 Squadron, 49th Regiment July 2004
  • Mi-24D – 2 Squadron, 49th Regiment April 2005
  • Mi-24W – 56th Regiment Summer 2007 with new NATO standard markings
  • Mi-24W – 56th Regiment Radom Airshow 2002
  • Mi-24W – unknown unit (probably 56th Regiment) – Afghanistan 2011
  • Mi-24D 49th Regiment – Iraq 2007-2008

MD-003 covers the MiG-23MF Flogger. Four options for Esci/Italeri kit include:

  • 459 – 28th Regiment Slupsk 1994
  • 122 – 28th Regiment Slupsk 1993
  • 460 – 28th Regiment Slupsk 1990
  • 101 – 28th Regiment Slupsk for the 1997 Eagle Claw exercises.

The first two subjects are in a complex five colour scheme of greens and browns over a sky blue and the latter two in an overall gray scheme.

It is not clear who has printed these sheets for Montex and as I haven’t used them yet, I cannot comment on adhesion, reaction to setting agents and the like. However examination of the printing shows excellent registration, colour depth and crispness of artwork which bodes well for application. The instructions are nothing less than comprehensive for use in modelling although the term “Polish exploitational inscriptions” puzzled me until I realised they meant maintenance stencils. That said there is extremely limited background information provided on each subject in the sets and if there is interest in a particular subject the relevant Polish Wings Book will be useful.

As I was provided with the 1/48 scale sheets I will not comment on options for kits in 1/72 scale but I believe in each case there is an available kit as a starting point (Fujimi and Hasegawa kits leap to mind for the three subjects). In 1/48 scale kit options range from the very new Eduard MiG-21MF to the somewhat dated Monogram Mi-24 and Esci/Italeri MiG-23MF kits. All three are freely available in hobby shops I have visited in recent weeks.

Overall Montex as produced a range of decals for modern Polish subjects which sits well with the Polish Wings range of books. Plenty of interesting subjects are included, well supported by reference photographs and colour guides in the instructions. If the modern Polish Air Force is of interest then these sets (and the promised follow-ons) will be an excellent start for the modeller.

Thanks to Montex for the sample.


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

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