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Kits at War K4/1
Mustang, Sabre & Tempest II

Dutch Decal

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: K4/1
Scale: 1/48 
Contents and Media: One 8" x 5.5" decal sheet and 8" x 11" double-sided black and white instructions
Price: 15.95 Dutch Guilders (approximately US$6.60)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Large selection of colourful subjects; donor kits readily available; national markings included; good registration and saturation; different reds for wartime and post-war roundels.
Disadvantages: Slight registration problem with blue/white checks (easily fixed with a little trimming).
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Dutch Decal's sheet K4/1 is the first in a series that focuses on RAF, FAA and Royal Navy subjects.

This sheet covers includes natural metal Mustang IV (P-51D) in RAF service in overall silver with blue trim and blue and white chequers on the nose. The name "Dooleybird" in large red letters adorn the port fuselage side. This should be a popular choice for Tamiya's or Hasegawa's excellent P-51 kits. 

A Tempest Mk. II (the Centaurus radial engine variant) in natural metal is also included. This aicraft features a red spinner and code letters, with post-war "D" type roundels and large black underwing serials. The Eduard kit can be converted to this version of the Tempest using MDC's conversion, but I have been advised that it is a tough build!

The choice of five Sabres rounds out this decal sheet.

There are some very interesting squadron markings and fuselage flashes over Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey upper surfaces. One Natural Metal Sabre is also included. These will provide some great alternate markings for modellers wanting to build Hasegawa's F-86F-30 Sabre with the 6-3 wing.

Dutch Decal should be congratulated for making the subtle distinction between the Dull Red used on wartime roundels compared to the brighter roundel red on the post-war "D" type markings.

Registration is good except for the Mustang's blue and white chequered nose. Even so, the problem is slight and will be easily managed by a little judicious trimming with a hobby knife.

This decal sheet represents an inexpensive opportunity to customise your Mustang, Sabre and Tempest II models.

Recommended.

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Decal for the samples


Orion decals and accessories are available at the Dutch Decal Website


Review Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 16 August, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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