||1/48 and 1/72 - Max4808 and Max7208
||$20 from Just Planes.com.au
|Contents and Media:
covers a not often seen or known
aircraft for the RAAF
||The RAAF knagaroo appears to be incorrect
A few months ago I purchased a Beaver kit
from Snowy Mountain Models during one of their sales. Once again I
wanted to do something that looked a bit different compared to the
Foilage green and other standard finishes on RAAF aircraft, so I started
looking. I discovered that the Beaver was used in the Australian National
Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) during the 50's and 60's, this
seemed perfect for me as it was a totaly differnet colour scheme. I
was then informed of this selection from Max Decals that covered the
ANARE aircraft amongst others.
The options provided in the set are:
Beaver A95-201 ANARE 1956 - 57,
overall gloss orange with black cheatline and anti-glare panel;
Beaver A95-205 ANARE 1962, overall
orange with large ANARE badge on the fueslage sides;
Beaver NZ6001 Antarctic Flight 1957-58, overall bright red-orange with black trim; and
Air Force Beaver 907 Anatrctica 1961, overall natural metal meta l finish withdayglo orange panels.
This set has very simple instructions that
are easy to follow as the markings for the aircraft are very basic.
The decals themselves are printed by Tally
Ho in the Czech Republic and look well printed. The accuracy of the
Kangaroos on A95-201 are dubious according to the photo on the ADF
Serial numbers site (see photo at top of review). This image shows
the kangaroos on all roundels to be the 'pregnant' roo. Max decals
only supply them for the fueslage roundels and supply the normal sleek
roo for the rest. This sleek kangaroo would be correct for the later
aircraft depicted but for the earlier ones apparantly it should be
the 'pregnant' roo. It is also possible to depict the roundels as the
normal red/white/blue circles and Max Decals also provides these in
the form of the separate red dots.
The RNZAF decals seem to be accurate according
to the images on the New
Zealand Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History site (accessible through ADF serial number site). They have
an interesting photo of the aircraft with bomb (?) racks under the
wings that would add interest to the model.
I was unable to find any images of the Chilean
This set covers a not often seen or known
aircraft for the RAAF and would be a very colourful addition to the
For more decals from this producer go to
the Max Decals site.
serial number site