Sky Decals 48-047: P-40s of the CBI and Pacific

Units: See review




Scott Van Aken

We all like Warhawks and Tomahawks and Kittyhawks. This sheet covers many of those that operated in the Southwest Pacific and in the China/Burma/India area of operations. Like other Sky sheets, there are a LOT of subject; 17 in this case. There could have been more, but with all the sharkmouths to print, that took up a lot of room.

Naturally, many of the subjects are from the AVG or the Flying Tigers and you'll find a half dozen in there. There are also planes from the 23rd FG which took over where the AVG left off. In addition, there are the skull markings of the 80th FG and the Sabre-toothed tiger markings of the 51st FG.

There are a lot of aces included in this sheet like Robert Scott, 'Tex' Hill, Bruce Holloway, Charles Older and Ed Rector. A variety of P-40 subtypes are also provided; from the P-40C to the P-40N.

As always, the decals are superbly printed and a variety of markings are included. I find it a bit interesting to note that except for two add on blue surrounds, there are not enough for the wing insignia. Again, Sky doesn't provide any upper wing camo patterns for those not in OD upper colors and then none of the intermediate green splotches are shown. You must rely on other references once again for this information.

The instruction booklet gives basically profiles with one overhead shot for generic insignia placement. A color guide on the back gives FS 595, Humbrol, Molak, Tamiya, Gunze, and Testors paint references. There is also a list of sources from whence the markings were gleaned. A couple of the pages from the booklet are duplicated at the beginning of the review.

All in all, Sky sheets are probably the best 'bang for the buck' when it comes to aftermarket decals. If you can't find them locally, then they can be obtained from the link below.

Review copy courtesy of Pacific Coast Models. Thanks for your support.

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