Exito Decals 48012: In Enemy Hands

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15.64 euros


Scott Van Aken

This next set from Exito Decals covers three aircraft in less than standard markings. Throughout the war, all sides of the conflict were able to capture enemy aircraft. Some were ready to fly and others were able to be brought to flight status by cannibalizing other aircraft. When these planes were flown, it was imperative that they be so marked to keep them from being shot down.

The first option is a Ju-88A-4 as flown by the 86th FS/79th FG based at Foggia, Italy during the fall of 1943. Lots of yellow on this one.

Next, a Bf-109K originally coded yellow 5 as flown from Salzburg Austria in mid 1945. This one basically has the German markings overpainted and replaced by US insignia.

The last option is another German bomber. In this case an He-111H-6 named 'Delta Lily' as flown by 211 Group in North Africa during December 1942. Very large RAF insignia and codes replacing the German markings.

Decals are superbly printed by Cartograf. What makes this set truly unique is that each of the markings options' placement diagrams are really full size color prints suitable for framing. The front gives left and right while on the back are upper and underside images as well as notes and sometimes a photo or two of the aircraft in question. Paint references are with AK and Mr Hobby Color, but most brands make the shades used.

This is a great sheet of a really intriguing subject.

March 2021

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