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RAN Sea Fury Decals



Aussie Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: A72008
Scale: 1/72 and 1/48
Contents and Media: One decal sheets, One instruction sheet, One invasion stripe stencil guide
Price: AUD$7.90 (approx USD$4.00)
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Attractive range of options with different national markings (Roos and sans-Roos), "invasion stripes" and blue options; warbird markings supplied; separate printing of roos and roundel centres to ensure perfect registration; thoughtful inclusion of stencil guide for painting stripes.
Disadvantages: Some decals will have to be cut out (solid carrier film)
Recommendation: Recommended for anyone wanting to build an Aussie Sea Fury

Reviewed by Brett Green


F i r s t   L o o k


I may be biased, but I reckon the Sea Fury in the markings of the Royal Australian Navy is a very attractive combination. Several present-day Sea Fury owners appear to agree. There are a couple of warbirds marked as RAN machines on the airshow circuit today.

Interestingly, Aussie Decals have included two of these warbirds on their revised Sea Fury decal sheet. Sea Fury 253 K, "Magnificent Obsession", complete with full Korean War invasion stripes, Kangaroo roundels and yellow spinner is one of the options. The bogus nature of the marking combination does not detract from the attractiveness of the aircraft, and the modeller now has an excuse to model this colourful warbird.

If historical subjects are more to your taste, there are six authentically marked options including two in overall Oxford Blue. My particular favorite is VX730 / 109 K based in HMAS Sydney during the Korean War in 1951.

The decals have been printed with a satin finish and are quite crisp and clear. Carrier film surrounds the entire section of the decal sheet devoted to codes and "NAVY" lettering, so these parts will require careful cutting-out before application. In fact, the carrier film is quite prominent surrounding other decals too, and may benefit from some judicious trimming.

Instructions for the eight subjects are clearly laid out, and the inclusion of a template marking guide for the white section of the invasion stripes is a nice touch.

This is a very attractive and versatile decal set that will be appreciated by any modeller wanting to build a RAN Sea Fury in either 1/72 or 1/48 scale.


Thanks to Peter from Aussie Decals for the review sample.

Enquiries about Aussie Decals may be made direct to their email address. Aussie Decals are available at hobby shops and retailers including Snowy Mountains Models

Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 12 August, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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