EagleCals Decals
A.V.G. Tomahawks in 1/32nd Scale, 2nd Squadron

by Mark Proulx

This is a review of the second of three new 1/32nd scale releases depicting Tomahawks of the famous Flying Tigers. These decals are designed for use with the Trumpeter kit of the same scale.

The markings are provided for two colorful aircraft from the 2nd Pursuit Squadron. The first is numbered "48" and carried the serial number P-8127. John Petach and Bob Layher jointly flew the aircraft. Later, the aircraft would be transferred to the 3rd Pursuit Squadron where R.T. Smith flew it. The second aircraft on the decal sheet is numbered "47". This P-40 had an A.V.G. serial number of P-8134. David "Tex" Hill would fly this aircraft.

The instructions elaborate in further detail the camouflage and markings applied to the aircraft. DuPont paints were used throughout and were a fairly close match to the specified RAF colors. The instructions further identify the required changes. Modelers wishing further information should consult Tigers Over China: The Aircraft of the A.V.G. by Tom Tullis. The decals are based upon this book reviewed here. Tom's superb color profiles are used to identify proper decal placement. Profile views also show the correct upper surface camouflage pattern.

Microscale prints the decals on a single piece of paper. There are enough decals to complete one P-40, due to the limited amount of unfaded Chinese National Insignia's included. The decal sheet does include an additional box of light blue color if required. I can't comment on the use of the decals, as I have not tried them for this review. A close examination of the decals reveals that they are very thin and in perfect register. The complicated shark mouths are printed as multiple decals to ensure crisp color demarcation.

The garish shark mouth designs of the A.V.G. P-40's have guaranteed their popularity amongst modelers. The Trumpeter P-40 enables the 1/32nd scale modeler to add this important aircraft to their collections. These new decals are well researched and will make a welcome addition to those with an interest in The American Volunteer Group and the Curtiss P-40.

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© Mark Proulx 2004