Aeromaster 48-062: Augsburg Eagles pt 2

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Scott Van Aken


Here is another early Aeromaster sheet from 1993. It is about half and half with non-German aircraft and makes up some relatively colorful schemes. Aeromaster was known early in its life as 'error master' for the glitches that showed up in its sheets more often than with other companies. It seems to be an axiom that new decal companies make a lot of mistakes when they get started. Then after multiple complaints, they realize that they need to pay more attention to research and generally the glitches decrease over time.

First plane is a Russian Army of the Liberation 109G-10 in RLM 82/75/76. Now frankly, I've never seen a photo of this plane and I'm not really sure that one exists. The unit was around for just a month or two near the end of the war and while it was extant, the same can not be said of photos. I'd take this set of markings with a grain of salt.

Next is a Hungarian F-4 in RLM 74/75/76. It has a yellow nose with the usual Eastern Front markings. Decals are provided for the tail stripes and horizontal stabilizers. Toss away the ones for the stabs as the colors are in the wrong order. Red should be on the inside.

An interesting Bulgarian G-6 is next. This one is in the standare RLM 74/75/76 with a yellow fuselage band and lower wing tips. Older German markings have been overpainted with what appears to be a grey.

From III./JG 53 is this F-2. It appears to be overall RLM 76 on the fuselage with mottling on the tail. There are several areas of different shades of mottling from light to heavy. The instructions state that the upper wings are RLM 75 or 02 with areas of RLM 74. I'm not sure where they got this scheme as it seems rather unlikely, but perhaps perusing the references will turn it up.

Red 29 is from i./JG 302 and has its standard RLM 74/75/76 scheme overpainted with squiggles of white. The rudder is yellow.

Finally, a scheme not shown is a 109F-4/R-3 of 1.(F)/122. F6+TH is in standard RLM 74/75/76, but has the lower starboard wing painted black.

All in all an interesting sheet, but I'd definitely verify those references on some of them. For kits, there are lots around so take your pick. Most will choose either Hobbycraft or Hasegawa.

Review sheet courtesy of my increasing 109 decal sheet collection.

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