Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Schlacht Bf-109Es. The Schlacht units were ground-attack units. I believe their mission was what is now known as “close air support”.
This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model all of them and covering all main fronts during 1941/42: Russia, North Africa and the English Channel. Well done Illiad Design!
The airframes cover a transitional period on the standard camouflages during 1941/42. This means some of them are 71/02 over 65 while others are 74/75 over 76. Yellow noses and fuselage bands and rudders add a spot of color to the camouflages. To top it one of the camouflages is in a North Africa scheme of 79 over 76, with a replacement wing in 71/02 over 65. Amazing choices!
The decal sheet provides you with squadron emblems (if applicable), fuselage code/letter, Schlacht triangle, unit emblems and swastikas. You will need to provide your own stencils, but those can be easily sourced from the original decal sheet of your model.
The decal themselves are glossy and in register. The colors are vivid (good density) and while I have not tested them, my previous experience with Illiad Decals is that they are easy to work with and conform to the model surface really well.
This decal sheet is great. Excellent choice of camouflages and enough decals to model all of the choices provided.
I would like to thank Illiad Design and IPMS/USA for the review sample.