AUSSIE DECALS A48071


A48071 1/48 Sopwith Camel F1 - AFC and RFC WWI


First look review by David Harvey


Scale:
1/48 scale
Catalogue Number and Details:
AD48071
Price:
$? AUD
Review Type:
First Look
Contents and Media:
1 printed decals sheet with an A4 sized instruction sheet.
Advantages:
Covering areas rarely covered
Disadvantages:
Slightly streaky in some areas (not serious)
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

When I was young my father gave me a few books he had from his childhood. The books were by a bloke call CAPT W.E. Johns and covered WWI and the RFC with a jolly chap called James Bigglesworth, or more commonly called Biggle's. He really introduced me to the world of WWI aircraft and the Sopwith Camel in particular. Who could forget the battles he had in the sky and on the ground against foe such as Von Stalhein! But anyway, I digress.

The AFC has been rarely covered before recent years due to the lack of decent models to put markings on. With the release a year or two ago of the Roden 1/48 Sopwith Camel, we now have the ability to produce a decent reproduction of a well known aircraft.

The decals

This set comes in the usual zip-lock bag and printed on continuous decal film. The aircraft covered are:

  • Sopwith Camel F.1 B7406, flown by CAPT Herbert Watson, 4 SQN AFC, France mid 1918;
  • Sopwith Camel F.1 B2424, 4 SQN AFC, France 1918;
  • Sopwith Camel F.1 B7406, flown by CAPT Ray Brownell, 45 SQN RFC / RAF, Istana, Italy early 1918;
  • Sopwith Camel F.1 E1416, flown by CAPT Arthur Cobby, 4 SQN AFC, France mid 1918;
  • Sopwith Camel F.1 E7259, flown by CAPT Garnet Malley, 5 SQN AFC, Minchinhampton, England, 1918; and
  • Sopwith Camel F.1 B5248, 6 SQN AFC, Minchinhampton, England, mid 1918.

The set provides sufficient roundels for one aircraft but sufficient unit markings for two of the 4 SQN aircraft with Boomerangs on the sides. All of the markings are solid in colour and appear to give a good representation of the original markings. The set also includes 'Charlie Chaplin' for the aircraft flown by CAPT Cobby. This marking suffers slightly from the printing process in that it is slightly 'streaky' in one area but once again this will not be noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

The instructions

The instructions are the usual two page full colour decal placement sheet from Aussie Decals. The main marking location is given for all the aircraft by side views but the upper and lower marking location page is on the last page of the sheet as you can see below.

 

Recommendation

This set covers a barely reproduced area that has been crying out for a decent set of markings. Now that Aussie Decals has brought these out I can only hope that we shall start to see more WWI aircraft on the tables at model shows. This set is well produced and deserves to be bought just to encourage more manufacturers to do WWI aircraft.

I highly recommend this set due to it being well done and covering a rarely covered area.

Review set courtesy of Aussie Decals.

 

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