Fantasy Printshop Type 1 RAF Roundels

Units: Numerous


FP-863 is 5.95, while FP 869 is 3.95.
From Fantasy Printshop.


Scott Van Aken

There is always a need for replacement insignia for various models. It may be that the builder has hosed some up beyond all recovery. It could be that the kit decals are not up to specs. Perhaps the sheet that came with the kit was off register. Or it could be that the builder is doing a scheme that requires markings not available with the kit, especially if doing a more unusual scheme or making your own unique markings.

Regardless of the reason, having aftermarket insignia is always a plus and I know I've generally had several dozen insignia sheets around for such things. The thing about many of the previously done sheets is either unavailability as they have quickly sold out, or the technology of the sheets is outmoded (as with Modeldecal sheets) and newer printing technology provides superior results in terms of sharpness.

With that in mind, Fantasy Printshop in the UK has produced a full series of RAF roundels. The number of different versions really is rather complex, though most of us probably don't realize it. So, I've decided to review these in groups based on similar designs.

This time it is the Type 1 roundel in both 1/72 and 1/48. These roundels were generally used on the upper wing from about 1938 or so until near the end of the war, when it was pretty obvious that the war was won. The  two sets are FP 863 in 1/48 and FP 869 in 1/72 respectively.

Printing is superb with very small carriers and like the other sheets, come in a variety of standard sizes from 54 inches down to 15 inches.

February 2008

Thanks to Fantasy Printshop for the review sheet.

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