Model Alliance MA72177: Blackburn Buccaneer

Units: See review


12.50 for 1/72, 17.00 for 1/48


Scott Van Aken

You just have to love some of these British aircraft from the 60s and 70s. They are, well, unique looking and while one could scarcely call this on a beauty, it does have a rugged purposefulness about it that is quite appealing. This sheet is designed to compliment the On Target: Spotlinght #2 book on the aircraft.

There are a total of 14 different aircraft in all the schemes the plane wore in additional to a special scheme and the usual test and RAE schemes. Also as part of the set, two SAAF schemes are provided from its initial introduction to that which was worn when it was removed from service. In fact, South Africa is the only place where the plane still flies, though as a war bird. So without an additional ado, here are the markings options:

As you'd expect, the two sheets are superbly printed by Cartograf and in vibrant colors. Not shown, for lack of space on the platen, is a set of light blue serials for XV346.  In line with some of the other more recent sheets, the instruction booklet has a page devoted to each scheme, each with a four-view and complete color and markings placement information.

June 2009

Review sample courtesy of Model Alliance. This sheet can be found at and at quality hobby shops worldwide.

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