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Desert War WWII Collection
Part One

Xtradecal, 1/72 scale


Catalogue Number and Price:

Xtradecal Item No. X72344 - Desert War WWII Collection Pt. 1

GBP 7.49 (Export)
GBP 8.99 (EU price) plus shipping available online from Hannants



Contents and Media:

One waterslide decal sheet for ten subjects plus instructions and notes.

Review Type:



Excellent printing, colour and register quality, minimal carrier film and a nice choice of schemes backed up with good, clear instructions.


None noted.


This is an interesting set of choices that should attract modellers who wish to have collection of aircraft that participated in the campaigns across North Africa in the lead-up to the defeat of the German forces in 1943. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Graham Carter



The single sheet comes in the familiar zip-lock bag with an A5 title sheet with the handy paint guide on the back giving a full Xtrcrylix list of colours for the RAF BS series, the US FS numbers and the Luftwaffe RLM series as well as varnishes and finishes - very thoughtful.



There are then two A4 double-sided colour sheets covering decal placement for the the ten subjects in port and starboard profiles.



Instructions are rounded out with a set of elevation views for the upper and lower markings and colours.



The sheet itself is beautifully printed in a gloss finish with minuscule film and perfect register.



The sheet covers a variety of Allied aircraft as follows:

  1. Supermarine Spitfire Vb Trop, ES276 , WD*D of the USAAC in Tunisia in June 1943 in Dark Earth/ Middle Stone over Azure Blue with a red spinner,

  2. Curtiss Tomahawk Mk. IIb, AM406 DX*O of 4Sqn SAAF , May 1942, in the same scheme,

  3. Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Z4244 “H”, of RNFS in August 1941 in Dark Earth/ Middle Stone over Sky Blue, with black spinner, 

  4. Hawker Hurricane Mk.Ib, W9291 ‘M’  of 10Sqn RAF in August 1941 in overall black,

  5. North American P-51A, unknown serial, WU*B of 225Sqn RAF Algeria in May 1943 in Middle Stone /Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with a red spinner,

  6. Grumman Martlet Mk. III AX733, ‘K’ of 805 RNFU Egypt August 1941 in Middle Stone over Light Grey,

  7. Supermarine Spitfire Vb Trop, ER758 , ’S’ of the 336 (Greek) Sqn in Libya in February 1944 in Dark Earth/ Middle Stone over Azure Blue with a blue/white spinner,

  8. Vickers Wellington Mk. Ic, T2607, LF*P, , of 37Sqn, Egypt January 1942 in Green/Brown over Black scheme,

  9. Douglas Boston Mk.III, W8376, ‘C’ of the SAAF, Libya, April 1943 in Dark Earth/ Middle Stone over Sky Blue with black spinners, and 

  10. Curtiss P-40F, ’12’ of USAAC, about July 1943 in US Sand 26 over Neutral Grey.

This ia an excellent, diverse collection of schemes that should appeal to those modellers with an interest in this campaign.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Hannants for the review sample

Xtradecals are available online from Hannants' website

Review Text Copyright © 2023 by Graham Carter
This Page Created on 27 June, 2023
Last updated 27 June, 2023

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