Reviewed by Brett Green
Red Roo Models have built a tradition of highly detailed examination of RAAF subjects through their books and other products.
They have now dramatically increased their product range with ten new 1/48 and 1/72 scale decals.
The benefit of this approach is that the history and colours of each subject aircraft is thoroughly described. Where photos are available they are included on the instruction sheet. Research for both history and colours is quite thorough.
I was pleased to see the Squadron Codes on the P-40s supplied in RAAF Sky Blue, the officially specified colour of the period. Although quite a few RAAF P-40Ns have been covered by decal sheets in the past, the Sky Blue codes have rarely been correctly depicted.
The subjects are interesting. I was particularly excited at the prospect of building "Black Magic" (see the artwork at the top of this review). This P-40N was the mount of Len Waters, Australia's first Aboriginal pilot. Len was also married to my mother-in-law's Auntie - my closest relationship to a WWII fighter pilot!
Two sheets of Buffalos round out these new releases
All decal sheets are accompanied by a separate A4 sheet of colour side profiles and top/bottom plan views. The artwork is quite clear, and colour keys used in conjunction with the notes in the instruction sheet will ensure a very accurate result.
This is an excellent new range of decals for Australian fighter aircraft in 1/48 and 1/72 scale. Any modeller with an interest in WWII RAAF should check these out.
Red Roo Decals are available direct from their website and from selected hobby retailers
Thanks to Gary at Red Roo for the review samples.
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett