Review: Eagle Cal #157 Spitfire Mk 1a Decals Review
Recently there has been a lot of excitement with Tamiya announcing an all new tool Spitfire Mk 1 in 1/48 scale. But do we need another Spitfire model? After looking at the various photos of the plastic trees, and a video review online, I'm going to say YES! Yes we do... It looks to be a real beauty and I can't wait to get a few of them.
Because of this I decided to do a quick review on this decal sheet, since this is currently available, and it will add more options for the Spitfire builder other than just the kit supplied decals. These decals are available in three sizes, 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72, and can be purchased directly from the manufacturer, or through various retail hobby shops. They offer decals for a lot of well researched subjects.
Here are the four options, in order from Top to Bottom.
"AZ-H" N3277 named "Dirty Dick" from 234 Squadron, 15 August 1940
"KL-B" N3183 named "KIWI II" from 54 Squadron, July 1940
"QV-K" P9386 from 19 Squadron, Sept 1940
"DW-Q" L1016 from 610 Squadron, May 1940
The decals are printed very well, with my sample in perfect register. I like the colors too. The red and blues look to be spot on... as do the aircraft and Squadron codes.
This company has a good reputation of doing considerable research on the subject chosen. Occasionally, they include photographs that are very helpful with documenting the original planes. Unfortunately no such photos were included this time. But with a little patience and luck, photos can be found on the internet.
Each aircraft has the colors Dark Green and Dark Earth listed for the upper surfaces. The lower side (which can be a bit confusing with the time frames given), is another story. Sky Type S is listed for "AZ-H" and "KL-B", while "Sky" is listed for "QV-K". "DW-Q" is shown with White and Night Black as the under surface colors, with the dividing line running down the center of the fuselage.
A full set of stenciling decals are included. The instruction sheet also has a placement guide for the stencils should you decide to use them.
Al Deere's Spitfire "KL-B / KIWI II" is correctly depicted with the proper Rotol propeller. The rest of these examples have the De Havilland three blade prop.
Originally this set of decals was purchased to use on one of my 1/48 scale Spitfires, that I currently have under construction as a part of the 100 Years of the RAF Group Build. Now that Tamiya is going to be releasing the new tool Spitfire kits soon, I have an "excuse" to use the rest of the decals remaining on the sheet...
I have used Eagle Cal decals before, and they work very well. The lighter colors have not been too translucent, and they snuggle down well. I used a set on my Heinkel 111and they worked perfectly. No setting solution was needed. Hopefully this set will act in the same manner. Here's a link to see how the Eagle Cals decals look on the He-111.
I'll tell you soon, when I use the "KL-B" set on one of my Spitfires I have on the work bench now.
Comments are encouraged.