Isradecal #74: IAF B-17G, PBY-5A and Beaufighter
Units: All of them in the IAF


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Scott Van Aken

Note: This sheet is 1/48 scale

Here is another great sheet of early IAF aircraft. In this case, these are types of which relatively small numbers were procured. Though many know that there were B-17s in service (most of which were without turrets), few realize that  all carried a variety of interesting camouflage schemes at one time or another during their career in the IAF, and one (which eventually got full defensive armament) was in unpainted metal. In addition, there were at least three Catalinas and four Beaufighters which had the later dorsal fin extension.

Isradecals provides basically two full sheets of markings and insignia for these planes. From the look of things, you can build one Catalina, one Beaufighter and at least two if not more B-17s. All of the info needed is included in the 8 page full color booklet. This includes not only color profiles of the planes in question, but also photographs to help you determine markings location and camouflage schemes. Not surprisingly, there are no upper wing/tailplane camo diagrams as images of the upper surface were minimal at best. This gives the modeler the opportunity for some enlightened guesswork on how these were painted!

As with all their recent sheets, this one is superbly printed in the Czech Republic and totally devoid of registration errors. For kits you don't have much of a choice in 1/48 with Revell-Monogram providing the B-17 and Catalina with Tamiya having the Beaufighter that you will want.

A superlative set of markings that will make some most interesting modeling presentations.  

December 2008.

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