Xtradecal X72194: 70th Anniversary D-Day part 1




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Review By:

Scott Van Aken


RAF, FAA & Commonwealth Single-Engine types

A great new sheet from Xtradecal is this one celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-day. This one concentrates on RAF, FAA, and Commonwealth squadrons (which means mostly green/grey over grey planes), all of which have invasion stripes. These are all single engine aircraft, which is one reason there are so many options. In fact, it is easier for me to provide a link to Hannants so you can see them all.

We are provided unique markings and insignia for 16 different aircraft. These are Spitfires, Mustangs, Typhoons, Tempests, Hurricanes and a Swordfish.

 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.Vb BL415 AZ-B 234(Madras Presidency) Sqn Flt.Lt Walt 'Johnnie' Johnston RAF Deanland;Spitfire Mk.Vb BL591 BA-U A Flt 277 Air Sea Rescue Sqn RAF Shoreham.

Spitfire HF.Mk.VII MD172 NX-L 133 Sqn RAF Harrowbeer Overall MSG/PRU Blue; MD106 YQ-W 'Isabel II' 616 Sqn Flt.Lt Jack Cleland 616 Sqn RAF Culmhead

Spitfire Mk.IXb/c MK892 ZD-C 222 Sqn RAF Coolham; ML407 OU-V 485(New Zealand) Sqn RAF Chailey; NH171 AH-Z 332(Norwiegian) RAF Bognor

Spitfire FR.Mk.IXc MK915 V 16 Sqn A.12 Bailleroy, France Overall PRU Pink

Spitfire Mk.XIVe RB188 DL-K 'Brunhilde' 91 Sqn RAF West Malling

Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib NM293 TP-D 198 Sqn Flt.Ser J.S.Fraser-Petherbridge RAF Thorney Island; MN625 MR-B 245(Nth Rhodesian) Sqn Flt.Off Flt.Off W.Smith RAF Holmesley South

North American P-51B Mustang Mk.II FR919 'N' II(AC) Sqn RAF B.10 Plumetot; P-51B Mustang Mk.III FB226 MT-K 122 Sqn RAF Funtington; FX855 541 Sqn RAF Benson overall PRU Blue

Hawker Tempest Mk.V JN812 SA-H 486(New Zealand) Sqn RAF Newchurch

Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc MW367 DR-B 'Jessie' 1697 (Air Dispatch Letter Service) Flight RAF Northolt; Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc NF698 7-D 835 NAS HMS Nairana;

Fairey Swordfish NF211/Q 616 NAS RNAS St Merryn

As you can see, this is a superb sheet for the RAF fan and one would be hard pressed not to model several of the options available. You have to look no farther than Airfix to find new tool kits for most of these options

My thanks to Hannants for the review sheet. You can get yours at this link.

June 2014

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