Kits At War Decals


Sheet K4/14


by David Harvey

Introduction

Following on from the review of Kits At War Decal sheet K7/14 by Damian Coburn we received a number of other decal sheets from the Kits At War range. This sheet covers a number of both RAAF and South African Air Force aircraft in 1/48. The decals come in a plastic ziplock bag with a double sided colour instruction sheet. The Kits at War range covers Commonwealth aircraft from during WWII as well as post war. The number of different aircraft types and countries covered by Kits At War is quite extensive so you will have to look at the site to browse through them all. The company itself is based in the Netherlands and produces the Kits at War range of Decals as well as a series of 'History, Camouflage and Markings profiles of Dutch aircraft, it also formerly produced the Dutch Decals range.

The Instruction sheet

The instruction sheet is a double sided colour sheet that shows the placement of the decals supplied as well as suggestions for the paint colours and the kit to use for the model. For the Marauder Mk 1 it also gives some ideas on what would be involved to convert a Monogram/Revell kit to the Mk 1 version. For some of the conversion you will definately have to do some research to find out the total conversion required eg the Lightning Mk 1.

The decals

The decals cover the following aircraft:

a. Marauder Mk 1 FK375, D, No 14 SQN RAF, Egypt 1942. Dark Earth/Middle Stone/Azure Blue scheme.
b. Marauder Mk III (B-26G), HD610, K, No 39 SQN RAF, Biferno/Rivolto Italy 1944 - '46. Olive Drab / Nuetral Grey scheme.
c. Marauder Mk II (B-26C), FB443, K, No 24 SQN SAAF, Nth Africa 1944. Olive Drab / Nuetral Grey scheme.
d. P-38J Lightning 44-23517 DPA, RAF 1944. Used by the Co of RAF Coningsby for experimental flights with Bomber formations. Overall bare metal with some parts in former PRU scheme.
e. Lockheed Lightning I (P-322), AE979, Burbank USA 1942. Painted in the RAF scheme of Dk Earth / Dk Green / Sky.
f. Lancaster Mk III AR*A2, ED664, No 460 SQN RAAF, Binbrook Sept 1943. Dark Earth / dark Green / Black scheme.
g. Lancaster Mk III AR*E, DV175, No 460 SQN RAAF, Binbrook Sept 1943. Dark Earth / Dark Green / Black scheme.
h. PV-1 Ventura G, JS953, No 17 SQN SAAF, Port Elizabeth Sth Africa 1945. Sea Blue / Intermediate Blue / Night Black scheme.

As you can see this sheet covers a large variety of aircraft and schemes.The decal sheet only provides you with those not supplied by the kit sheets so don't dispose of the kit decals! You are supplied with two sheets for this set, one main sheet which includes white backing and the other small sheet that provides two extra decals. The main sheet is a standard type sheet of decals that are separated (not continuous sheeting) and they look quite good. The second small sheet has only two decals on it and is continuous sheet so you have to trim them carefully.

Summary

This is an impressive collection of decals on one sheet! This array may be the sets only real downfall as it covers a great variety of countries and types that may not be used by one modeller. My only other real concern at this stage is that the sheet seems to like sticking to the bag it comes in! This may just be the lovely weather we are currently having here in Wodonga but it may cause problems in the future. Other than those small concerns I think that this is a good sheet that covers an area of interest for Australian modellers that few other companies cover (the Lancaster in RAAF service) as well as a good variety of RAF and SAAF aircraft.

I am unsure of the availability in Australia but they can be ordered direct from the company.

The samples are courtesy of Kits At War Decals.

 

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