Aviaeology AOD24008: 143 Wing (RCAF) Typhoons, Part 1




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Scott Van Aken


Also available in other scales

For those seeking aftermarket decals for the big Airfix 1/24 Typhoon, Aviaeology has part one of a pair of sets that focus on 143 Wing (RCAF) in operations during 1944 up until the end of that year. Due to the size of the markings for this aircraft, this set covers four aircraft. Sharp eyes will notice there are nine markings options shown on the cover, but the other five are in the second set.

The first set of markings is for JR 500/5V*X with 439 Squadron. This plane has invasion stripes on the lower wings and fuselage along with an odd assymetric design on the spinner.

Next is MN 716/F3*A with 438 Squadron. It has stripes on the lower fuselage and is named 'Diane.

With the same squadron is MP 131/F3*J. This was the wing commander's plane and has stripes under the wings and the fuselage.

The final option is MP 149/I8*P with 440 Squadron. You can also build this one as MN 311 using the same chodes. Both planes were named 'Pulverizer' with the first one having small nose are.

The instructions cover all the available options but mark through those not applicable to the decals provided. There are bonus markings provided for several of the units. You are provided with three decal sheets. One small oneand two larger. There are enough insignia for one plane. This set does not include stencils, however, Aviaeology offers a package that, for a few dollars more includes them.

There is a ton of historical information provided in the instructions and that includes details on each specific markings option as often, no two planes were exactly the same. When you buy a set of decals, you are provided with an e-mail that leads to the instructions in full color as well as any color images of the aircraft on the sheet. For those wanting to do more than one plane (though you'd have to have a pretty big display shelf for more than one of these), you can get an insignia sheet and a stencil sheet separately.

September 2015

My thanks to www.aviaeology.com for the review sheet. You can get yours direct from the link.

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