SPAD VII & XIII
S u m m a r y
||AMD48-575A and AMD48-576
||Interesting WWI subjects;
colourful and varied schemes and markings; decals opaque and in
register; good instructions.
||Subject models are difficult to
Reviewed by Jon Freeman
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Hot on the heels of a landslide of recent Aeromaster releases are two
new and yet to be released quarter scale decal sheets. Being part of the
father-son design team for these and other AM decals I'll try to be
Sheet 48-576 - "Italo-French
Sheet 48-576 is titled "Italo-French SPAD Aces" which is based solely
around the difficult to find Blue Max 1:48 Spad VII.
Eight aircraft are catered for with all the pilots being 'aces'.
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The artwork and decals were based on photos or illustrations in the
Osprey "Spad VII Aces of World War One" No. 39 by Jon Guttman.
48-575A - "U.S. SPAD Aces"
Sheet 48-575A is titled "U.S. SPAD Aces" which is based primarily
around the once again difficult to find Dragon 1:48 Spad XIII and one
aircraft will require a Blue Max 1:48 Spad VII.
This time six Spad XIII's and one Spad VII are present with full colour
artwork adorning the fuselage sides on all aircraft.
Two Spad XIIIs even have diagonal upperwing stripes and checkers along
with large aircraft numbers.
Again the artwork and decals were based around photos or illustrations in
Ospreys' "Spad VII Aces of World War One" No. 39 book by Jon Guttman and
"American Aces of World War One" No.42 by Norman Franks.
All the painting plans and schemes are supplied and all the decals are
nicely in register and are opaque.
Aeromasters' reasoning of producing decals for two of the hardest to find
WWI kits will be annoying to some modellers, but for those with hoards of
Spads in their loft these sheets will be most welcome.
All in all, these are two very colourful sheets indeed and if you have the
relevent Osprey and Windsock books to hand not forgetting half a dozen
Spads a nice Spad aces collection could be on the cards!
Lets hope that Aeromaster will release some more World War One decals
These sets will be available on-line at
the Eagle Strike /
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