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No. 352 RAF Squadron
Partisan Spitfires

Balkan Models, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

BM-7210 - No. 352 RAF Squadron Partisan Spitfires

Scale:

1/72

Contents & Media:

Waterslide decals with colours & markings guide.

Price:

Available on-line from these stockists:

The above sites have English, but please see here for a complete list of distributors

Review Type:

First Look.

Advantages:

Very good quality, excellent range of paint cross-references.

Disadvantages:

None apparent.

Conclusion:

This decal package appears to be well researched, with thorough attention to detail, and are produced to the highest standards. It covers a very specific choice of schemes that will be welcomed by fans of WW2 Yugoslav subjects, or perhaps Spitfire buffs who wish to have and interesting variation on RAF markings - Recommended.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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F i r s t L o o k

 

The decals reviewed here relate to a very specific subject, the first Yugoslav fighter squadron formed within the RAF. No 352 Sqn came into being in April 1944 in Libya flying Hurricanes, although by June of the same year it had converted to the Spitfire Mk.V. It deployed to Italy and joined No 282 Wing, RAF in June 1944 in the ground attack role. 

 

 

The decals and their instructions come in an A-5 plastic zip-lock bag along with a long fold out sheet that provides eight A-5 sized glossy colour pages. Each of the eight subjects is covered by a coloured 4-view painting & markings guide that details each spitfire’s pilot and various features specific to the aircraft concerned. Half of the Spitfires are noted as having six rather than three-stub ejector exhausts.

 

 

The guides are very nicely produced, and clearly indicate decal locations. Paint colours at first appear to be generically described, but when the colour key is related to the paint chart on the last page of the instructions they are cross-referenced to FS-595 & RAL codes, as well as a most helpful listing of paint numbers for the Revell, Humbrol, Model Master, Tamiya, Vallejo MC, and Vallejo AC paint ranges.
The decals look well printed with good colour density and registration.

 

 

The eight No 352 Sqn Spitfires covered by this set are:

  • Mk.Vb ES257 "SLOVENEC",

  • Mk.Vb EP886 "HRVAT",

  • Mk.Vc JK831 "SLAVONAC",

  • Mk.Vc JK608 "MAKEDONAC",

  • Mk.Vc JG948 "GORI?AN",

  • Mk.Vc JK448 "OSVETNIK 5. OFANZIVE",

  • Mk.Vc LZ830 "POPOV", and

  • Mk.Vc JK790.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

This decal package appears to be well researched, with thorough attention to detail, and are produced to the highest standards. It covers a very specific choice of schemes that will be welcomed by fans of WW2 Yugoslav subjects, or perhaps Spitfire buffs who wish to have and interesting variation on RAF markings - Recommended.

Thanks to Balkan Models  for the review sample.


Text and Images Copyright 2013 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 14 February, 2013
Last updated 14 February, 2013

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