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EagleCals Decals
EC#12 Bf 109G-6s of JG 300 "Wilde Sau"
EC#13 Me 262A-1a of KG(J) 6 and JG 7

       

Catalogue No.: EC#12 and EC#13
Scale: both available in 1/72 and 1/48
Media: Decal sheet and full colour instructions
Review Type: First Look
Rating: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

S u m m a r y


Contents:
Markings for four aircraft and stencil data one a single decal sheet in each set. Colour profile and plan view of each subject aircraft plus three-view drawing for stencil placement.
Price: US$9.00 each
Advantages: Unique subjects; original research; excellent references (particularly EC#12) - excellent value as a "one-stop reference and decal" deal; well printed; available in both major scales.
Disadvantages: Nit-pick - only one red band supplied in EC#12
Recommendation: Just the thing for Luftwaffe-o-philes looking for a different subject.

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

EagleCals latest decal sheets cover Bf 109G-6's and Me 262A-1a's in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale.

The Bf 109 markings are particularly interesting. To quote Eagle Editions' Press release:

"In a desperate effort to stop the RAF night bombing offensive, Major Hajo Hermann developed a controversial system of using Bf 109s as night fighters. Using only ground radio guidance these pilots, without night fighter experience, hunted down the bombers. This "Wilde Boar" tactic took its toll as losses were heavy; eventually I./JG 300 flew both night and day missions. They experimented with different combinations of 74/75/76 and Black undersides looking for the perfect camouflage system."

EC#12 provides markings for four of these "Wilde Sau" aircraft from JG 300. The colour schemes are pretty "wilde" themselves. Two of the aircraft feature toned-down day-fighter camouflage and black under surfaces, one has overall White-Blue 76 upper surfaces with squiggly grey 75 lines on the wings and fuselage, while the final subject has a series of very dark spots over a dark medium grey! Three of the four aircraft are equipped with exhaust dampers.

In case modellers are skeptical about the authenticity of these unusual schemes, EagleCals have kindly provided reference photos and history for each aircraft.

This decal set includes one dull red RVD band decal, sufficient national markings for all subjects and some handy stencil decals. Two of the subjects require a narrow yellow ring around the spinner. These rings are supplied as circular decals and should sit down nicely with careful application and plenty of setting solution.

The second new release, EC#13, supplies four sets of decals for JG 7 and KG(J) 6. All are portrayed very late in the war - April and May 1945. Two of these machines have previously been depicted with Green/Blue checked RVD band, but EagleCals' research now suggests that the correct assignment is the Red/Black chequers of KG(J) 6. All aircraft are finished in Bright Green/Brown Violet upper surfaces.

No reference photos with this set, but plenty of helpful notes regarding colours and the characteristics of each aircraft.

Both sheets feature colour artwork, detailed drawings for stencil placement and references where applicable.

Microscale printed the decals, so there should be no problems with application. Registration and colour on both sheets were perfect on my samples.

Recommended to all Luftwaffe fans wanting something a little bit different!

              

EagleCals decals are available from Eagle Editions Website or Hobby Retailers.

Thanks to Judy at Eagle Editions for the sample.


Review Copyright 1999 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 14 April, 1999.
Last updated 22 July, 2003.

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