Cutting Edge 48-258: Zircus Rosarius pt 3

Units: See Review




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 sheet provides markings for the same P-51B on CED48-257, now completely painted in RLM74 upper surfaces and RLM04 lower surfaces.  Markings for two former RAF aircraft - a photo-recon Spitfire P.R.XI and a “cardoor” Typhoon are also provided, with both aircraft fully painted in RLM  74 and RLM04.

      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.

Review copy courtesy of

If you would like your product reviewed fairly and quickly by a site that has nearly 250,000 visitors a month, please contact me or see other details in the Note to Contributors.

Back to the Decal Review Index