Spitfire Mk.VIII Over Pacific
Eduard, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Graham Carter
Designed for their own kit but I’m sure these will fit any Mk.VIII kit, this sheet will provide the modeller interested in the Pacific campaign with a range of nice schemes for their models.
Contained in a zip-lock bag with a card insert to protect the sheets from damage, are two well-printed sheets for four Australian Spitfires. The smaller sheet has four sets of blue/white roundels and flashes, while the other has all the individual codes, serials, nose art, shark-mouths and stencils for the individual aeroplanes.
Three are in Ocean Grey/Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey and are :
A58-631 , ZP*V of F/L George Scrimgeour , 457sqn, Labuan, Borneo, June 1945 with a shark mouth and ‘Grey Nurse’ text in front of the canopy on both sides,
the well-known A58-602 RG*V of W/C Bobbie Gibbes, CO 80 Wing, Morotai, April 1945, with a large shark mouth, ‘Grey Nurse’ script, red spinner, white leading edges to the main planes. and pale blue under the tail and elevators,
A58-526, UP*L of 79sqn, Morotai, May 1945 with a scantily-clad lass on the nose urging the onlooker to “Avagrog”and white leading edges to the main planes.
The fourth choice is in natural metal, and is A58-379, of F/L David Glaser, 549Sqn, Strauss Airstrip, September 1944 with yellow cannon and spinner.
Colours look to be nicely printed, density is good and carrier film manageable - I would imagine that most modellers will trim inside and around the letters to reduce the possibility of silvering. I like the slightly rough edges to the shark-mouths which make them look like they have been hand-painted.
The 4-page A5 instructions are a work of art with each example given a full page colour coverage with clear drawings of both upper and lower surfaces and each side of the aircraft. Colours are called in both name and MMP, H and C numbers.
This is an excellent set of decals for the RAAF Spitfire VIIIs that fought in the South Pacific island campaign. Recommended.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample.
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9 March, 2021
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