Cutting Edge 48-256: Zircus Rosarius pt 1

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Tom Cleaver


Versuchsverband Oberkommando der Luftwaffe - the Trials and Research Unit of the Luftwaffe High Command - was responsible for flying and assessing the capabilities of captured Allied aircraft.  These aircraft were toured to units of the Luftwaffe, where German pilots had the opportunity to fly against them, and to fly the aircraft themselves, in order to understand the operational limitations of their opponents, as the Wanderzirkus Rosarius - the Rosarius Traveling Circus.   

     This decal sheet from Cutting Edge contains markings for a Mosquito B. Mk.IV, P-47D-2RA, and P-51B Mustang.  The first two are fully repainted in RLM74 upper camouflage, with lower surfaces in RLM04 yellow, while the P-51B is in natural metal upper surfaces and RLM04 lower surfaces.  All three are in German markings.

      Many modelers have seen photographs of these captured aircraft and wished they could do a model in these markings. They will certainly result in a familiar aircraft with a very different look and can provide real difference in your collection.

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