K7/16 SAAF aircraft
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 South African
Air Force aircraft in 1/72. 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 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 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 each aircraft there is
usualy a two or four view diagram of the camouflage required as well
as the colours You will also require the original kit instruction sheet
to place the kit supplied decals. The sheet doesn't list the colours
for Kittyhawk F Mk III FR817 but I dare say if you are interested in
SAAF aircraft you will easily find the colours required.
The decals cover the following aircraft:
a. Short Sunderland GR V, PP156/1712, no 35 SQN SAAF, Congella
Dunbar, Sth Africa 1945. Gloss White/Matt White/Extra Dark
Sea Grey scheme.
b. Beaufort Mk II, AW313F, No 16 SQN Misurata 238 Wing SAAF 1945. Dark
Slate Grey / Extra Dark Sea Grey / Sky scheme.
c. Marauder Mk II (B-26C), FB443, K, No 24 SQN SAAF, Nth Africa
1944. Olive Drab / Nuetral Grey scheme.
d. Mohawk F Mk I, 2511, NORD TRANSVAAL, No 4 SQN SAAF, Abyssinia
1941. Dk Green / Dk Earth / Sky scheme.
e. Mohawk F Mk I, 2537, No 3 SQN SAAF, Abyssinia 1941. Dk
Green / Dk Earth / Sky scheme.
f. Mohawk F Mk ID, 2518, No 3 SQN SAAF, Abyssinia 1941.Dk
Green / Dk Earth / Sky scheme.
g. Kittyhawk F Mk IV, 5082 *16, No 11 SQN OTU SAAF,
Waterkloof 1944. Dk Earth / Middle Stone / Azure Blue scheme.
h. Kittyhawk F Mk IV, 5077 *R, No 11 SQN OTU SAAF, Port Elizabeth
1945. Dk Earth / Middle Stone / Azure Blue scheme.
i. Kittyhawk F Mk III, FR817, No 5 SQN SAAF, Italy 1944.
j. Junkers 52/3m, *26 SAAF. Dark Green / Azure
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 one extra decal. 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 one decals on it
which is continuous sheet so you have to trim it carefully. The decals
are clearly marked on the sheet so you will not lose the one you are
after in the large number available.
This is an impressive collection of decals on one sheet! If you are
a fan of the South African Air Force then this company is producing the
decals for you. My only 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 this small concern I think
that this sheet covers a country that you don't often see decals for
even though they played a large part of the war in the desert and other
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.