A.V.G. Tomahawks in 1/32nd Scale, 1st Squadron
Editions has released three new decal sheets for Trumpeter's
1/32nd scale P-40B/C. Each sheet supplies markings for Tomahawks
of the famous American Volunteer Group of the Second World War.
Two schemes from the three A.V.G. squadrons, for a total of
six, will ultimately be available. These decals are based on
the EagleFile, Tigers Over China: The Aircraft of the AVG by
Tom Tulis and reviewed here.
EagleCals #68 supplies markings
for two 1st Squadron P-40's. The first aircraft, numbered "3",
was flown by Dick Rossi. The second P-40 was numbered "21"
and flown by Greg "Pappy" Boyington. He would later
become famous for his antics with the Black Sheep Squadron.
The instructions are a four-page fold out. Tom Tullis supplies
his superb airbrush profiles for each aircraft. He spent the
better part of a year reviewing surviving pilots and amassing
the reference material that these decals are based on. The artwork
is among the best available and a welcome addition to the instructions.
The text explains in extensive detail the colors and markings
for each aircraft. However, limited information is supplied
about the individuals that flew the aircraft. Color profiles
are included of the left fuselage, upper and lower surfaces.
Provisional markings are identified and included, allowing the
modeler to make their own decisions.
Microscale prints the decals
on a single piece of paper. They are printed in perfect register
and very thin. Faded national insignia's are supplied, as the
blue of the Chinese national insignia tended to fade rapidly.
The instructions also expand further upon this feature. Stencils
are also included. I have not had an opportunity to try these
decals at the time of this review so I can't comment on the
application. However, Microscale has a good reputation and I
am confident that no problems will be encountered.
I recommend these decals to
any modelers with an interest in the story of the P-40 and its
association with "The Flying Tigers".
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