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Decals for Wingnut Wings' 1/32 scale
RE8

Pheon Models, 1/32 scale

Summary

Catalogue No. & Description:

Pheon Decals Item No. #32038 - RE8 Decals for Wingnut Wings

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals, colour profiles, instructions and notes

Scale:

1/32

Ordering,

Post & Packing, Payment:

 £15.00 Available only direct from Pheon Models by email to: pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk

Post & packing:

£3.60 to the UK & Europe, £4.95 to the rest of the world

Payment by Paypal

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Twelve markings options to choose from. Excellent research and colouring notes, quality printing from Fantasy Printshop

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

If you want your RE8 to be a bit different, this set provides options with significant history, some with non-RFC/RAF markings and even a non-PC10 finish. Excellent quality package overall.

Reviewed by James Fahey


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FirstLook

 

RFC/RAF topics are hard work for an after-market decal manufacturer, compared to other WWI combatants, due to the general lack of personalised markings. One PC10 coloured aircraft looks much like another, right? Within the historical constraints Pheon Models have produced some interesting and relatively colourful options with the release of this set.

 

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#32038 has markings for 11 front line machines and one allocated to RFC HQ in France for ferrying the top brass around:

1.   A3930, “B” 9 Sqn.

The Vintage Aviator Ltd finished their RE8 (that was built for the RAF Museum) in these markings, with a white ‘B’. In his book ‘British Aviation Squadron Markings of WWI’ Les Rogers has the ‘B’ in blue with white edging. Pheon have provided both options.

2.   C2731, “East Grinstead” 5 Sqn.

Twin Lewis guns for the observer. East Grinstead is a small town in East Sussex

3.   E20, 4 Sqn

Has an additional Lewis gun fitted on a modified Foster mount above the wing centre section

4.   A3490, 53 Sqn.

Has roundels painted on the wheel covers. A crashed RE8 from 59 Squadron features in the WNW instruction booklet.

5.   A3224, ‘15’ 21 Sqn.

With dumbbell markings

6.   A4352, 30 Sqn, Mesopotamia 1918

The inclusion of a Middle East based aircraft allows modellers the license to finish the model in PC12 (chocolate brown) instead of the ubiquitous PC10 (yay!). Alternatively it may have the later AMDPT finish which had a more reddish brown colour

7.   C5048, 16 Sqn.

Pheon note in their instruction booklet that a third ‘25’ marking for the top fuselage decking was omitted in error. An additional decal is to be printed and distributed at no cost as soon as can be arranged.

8.   A3843, 42 Sqn.

This RE8 had the glazed centre section (provided in the kit for option B, but painted over)

9.   F6016, “Marjorie” 3 Sqn Australian Flying Corp

http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/R-E-8/R_E_8_Serial_F6016

10.   A4397, 3 Sqn Australian Flying Corp

The Vintage Aviator Ltd finished their first (non-flying) RE8 replica in these markings, which is on display at the Heritage Aviation Centre museum at Omaka, Blenheim, NZ. A.4397 took the record for British Forces as the hardest-working combat aircraft on the Western Front, accumulating 440 hours of service flying and completing 147 flights across the line.  It was flown mainly by Captain R. G. Francis. The Kewpie Doll marking inside the aircraft identification letter D (for Doll) is nicely reproduced by Pheon. Further online links for this aircraft:
http://www.3squadron.org.au/subpages/RE8.htm
http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/R-E-8/R_E_8_A4397_3SQN_AFC_Highest_hours_over_enemy_lines_440hrs_3

At the request of the Australian Government, A.4397 was shipped to Australia after the war, but unfortunately was destroyed in an accidental fire outside the Exhibition Building, Melbourne (where part of the AWM's collection had been temporarily displayed) in 1925.

11.   A3855, Aviation Militaire Belge

The inclusion of a Belgian aircraft certainly offers modellers are distinctive option with its black/yellow/red national markings.

12.   A4275, RFC HQ Liaison machine

Some modifications to the kit will be necessary to represent this aircraft. It has a large windshield fitted for passenger, the Scarf ring and gun need to be replaced by leather padding and additional foot step added on the lower longeron. Pheon speculate other internal modifications may also have been made such as a wicker seat for the top brass bloke.

Centres for the roundels are printed separately to avoid register issues. Rudder stripes and wing roundels are included, presumably to ensure the blue on the fuselage roundels matches the wings (rather than using the kit’s roundels for the wings).


 

Contents

The decals come in two sheets, printed by Fantasy Printshop in the UK.

There are five pages of colour decal placement guides printed on glossy white card.

The instruction booklet is somewhat abbreviated due to the decals being rushed out in time for release at Telford’s Scale Model World 2012. Pheon have promised to provide a more complete booklet to modellers who purchased the set and left their address details with Pheon at the show.


 

Positives

  • Eleven markings options to choose from, including some with significant history, some non-RFC/RAF markings and non-PC10 finishes
  • Excellent colour artwork/decal placement guides
  • Robust packing (stiffening card, bubble pack)
  • Thoroughly researched

 

Things that could be improved

Nothing of any significance. More complete instruction booklets will be produced soon.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Within the constraints of historical RFC/RAF marking practice, Pheon have produced a decal set with a wide selection of options, some with interesting and colourful markings. Modellers will be able to complete their RE8 models in something different to the kit options.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Pheon Models for the review samples.


Available only directly from Pheon Models by email: pheon.models@hotmail.co.uk


Text and Images Copyright 2013 by James Fahey
Page Created 28 February, 2013
Last updated 28 February, 2013

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