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Classic Airframes Decals

 


Classic Airframes' Walrus decals are available online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48-006
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: One 5" x 8" decal sheet; one small sheet with wingwalk markings; and one black-and-white, letter sized decal placement and painting guide in each set.
Price: RRP USD$8.50 each (USD$7.46 from Squadron.com)
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Good variety for new Walrus; worthy subject; four view diagrams for all four subjects; beautifully printed decals - perfect registration and very thin; footprint walkway decal option provided.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended to anyone wanting a different finish for their Classic Airframes Walrus.


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Classic Airframes has diversified into the decal business. The follow-up release after their five sheets for the Hudson kit is a decal set with alternate markings for Classic Airframes' brand-new 1/48 scale Walrus.

This set contains four decal options on a 5" x 8" sheet, a smaller sheet with wing walk markings, and a folded, letter sized decal placement and painting guide.

The decals are printed by Microscale. Registration is perfect on my sheet, and the carrier film looks very thin. The colours are well rendered too. 

The subjects covered are as follows:

  • Walrus Mk. I, Armada Argentina, late 1940s. This is quite a different finish to the more common disruptive camouflage. The upper surfaces are Aluminium with a Chrome Yellow upper wing. Lower fuselage and the bottom of the outrigger floats are black. The familiar Argentine blue and white national markings plus the large Armada anchor logos enliven this Walrus even further.

  • Walrus Mk. I, HMS Victorious, Japan, 1945. Finished in a non-shadow-shaded scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey. Roundels are SEA blue and white, with US-style bars to assist identification. A single grey code letter is applied to the tail.

  • Walrus Mk. II, 277 Sqn, Normandy Invasion, June 1944. This is a shadow-shaded machine with invasion stripes. You'll be painting the invasion stripes yourself, but no chances have been taken with the registration of the roundels. These are supplied in multiple parts to ensure that alignment of the colours is perfect. Codes are red.

  • Walrus Mk. I, 1700 NAS, HMS Ameer, 1945. Another shadow-shaded Walrus. This aircraft wears small SEA blue and white markings plus white identification stripes on the wings and tailplanes.

The wing walk markings include the conventional black lines, plus additional markings in the shape of shoeprints. The decal instructions point out that these markings cannot be confirmed on camouflaged aircraft, but they would certainly be a talking point!

 

 

Now there will be no need for your CA Walrus to look the same as the next one on the competition table.

Recommended.


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Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 02 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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