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EagleCals Decals
EC#14 "Doras of the Galland Circus"

       

Catalogue No.: EC#14
Scale: both available in 1/72 and 1/48
Media: Decal sheet and full colour instructions
Review Type: First Look
Rating: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

S u m m a r y


Contents:
Markings for four aircraft and stencil data on a single decal sheet, plus a smaller sheet with white stripes. Colour profile of each subject aircraft plus two plan views, three-view drawing for stencil placement and scrap view drawings for details..
Price: US$9.00
Advantages: Great tie-in to new "Doras of the Galland Circus" book; excellent quality of printing; thoroughly researched; great instructions.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: These Doras are about as colourful as they come. A striking set of aircraft.

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

The four Focke-Wulf 190D-9 of the "Papageienstaffel" (Parrot Squadron) featured some of the most distinctive markings of any German aircraft of World War Two. Although the Papageienstaffel label was not applied during their operational period, the bright plumage worn by these aircraft certainly justified the name!

EagleCals new decal set EC#14 cover all four of the colorfully marked Doras of JV44's protection flight.

Each aircraft features a yellow forward spinner cap, irregular white stripes on red undersurfaces, a distinctive unit emblem, a written slogan on the fuselage side and white-outlined red aircraft numbers. Two of the aircraft are finished in upper surfaces of RLM 82 Bright Green/ RLM 83 Dark Green and the remaining two in RLM 75 Grey Violet/ RLM 83 Dark Green.

Inclusion of a tightly printed sheet of white decal stripes is a nice touch for those who do not wish to mask the fiddly lower-surface scheme.

Registration of my sample was perfect. Colours are brightly printed and most tiny stencil markings are readable under a magnifying glass. The decals are printed by Microscale.

The instructions are noteworthy for their detail and colour. They are a worthy reference source in their own right, and should serve as a template for all decal manufacturers.

This decal set is an ideal example of modelling product and reference tie-in. The four aircraft feature in Jerry Crandall's excellent new book, "Doras of the Galland Circus" (also reviewed here on HyperScale). Mr Crandall's book is truly all the reference required for anyone modelling these subjects with over 50 photographs and larger colour aircraft profiles. Three of the subject aircraft have been seen in various publications over the last decade but one aircraft, Red 3, is based on new photographs revealed for the first time in this book.

I can heartily recommend EagleCals' newest decal sheet to all Dora enthusiasts!

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 07 July, 1999.
Last updated 20 July, 2003.

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