Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals
Eagle Editions has produced some of the most accurate decals on the market. Normally known for their Luftwaffe subjects, they have quite a collection of other aircraft as well, including the Spitfire. With new 1/48th subjects from Airfix, Eduard, and Tamiya these decals are perfectly timed.
There are decals for three aircraft that represent the evolution of the Temperate Land Scheme and the under-surface colors. One aircraft has the black and white belly, the next has the sky color and the following one has the Sky-Blue belly. The first one is flown by P/O Al Deere with the Kiwi emblem in front of the cockpit. The next is flown by Sgt. Bernard Jennings from No.19 Squadron and is typical of the Battle of Britain period. The final option has an American flavor, with a red spinner, flown by an American, P/O Hugh Reilley, flying with No.66 Sqdn.in the Battle of Britain. He was shot down and killed by Werner Molders.
The decals come in a Ziplock baggie with the instructions and the decals. The decals are printed by Cartograf so you know they are perfect. The colors are in perfect register and have good color saturation. They look perfectly printed as is expected. There are two sheets in this release. The first one has all the markings for the individual aircraft. The second smaller sheet has some additional roundels and longer fin flashes.
The instructions are printed on 11 x 17 sheet folded in half and then folded to fit the baggie. Color profiles are provided for all three aircraft. There is a written description of the markings and painting. One page has the stencil locations. The back cover is the plan view of all the aircraft.
Another great decal sheet from Eagle Editions. Whether it is Luftwaffe or their adversaries you can count on the sheet being well researched. With Cartograf you know they are the best in the world and respond well with any setting solutions. There is not much you could do to improve this sheet. An exceptional value. Great job Eagle Editions.
Thanks to Eagle Editions and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours directly from Eagle Edition at www.eagle-editions.com . Let them know we sent you.