During 1942 four ships containing aircraft
for the Netherlands East Indies were redirected when the
East Indies were rapidly conquered by the Japanese. Part
of th ecargo on these ships were 24 Vought Sikorsky OS2U-3
Kingfishers of which 18 were redirected to the RAAF. Three
of the remaining six were receipted by the USAAF, the other
three are still missing.
Of the eighteen receipted by the RAAF, the first seven
were sent at Rathmines NSW on 22 Apr 1942 and the remainder
at No 1 Aircraft Depot, Point Cook, Victoria on 06 May
1942. The aircraft were initialy received in the USN Blue
Grey and White scheme. The aircraft assmebled at Point
Cook were repainted in the RAAF scheme of Dark Slate Grey/
Extra Dark Grey and Sky Grey undersides. After this they
saw service in a variety of schemes including an all over
Trainer Yellow used on the Antarctica aircraft.
During it's time in service the Kingfisher served in the
Seaplane Training Flight, 3 Operational Training Flight
and 107 SQN. For more information on this aircraft I can
but recommend the book "Kingfisher in the Antipodes" by
Barry Patterson which is also available from Red Roo Models.
The aircraft survived in the RAAF until 21 January 1953
when A48-13 was sold to the highest bidder at auction.
The instruction sheet is the usual high
quality series of pages from Red Roo. It consists of four
pages of double sided colour images and paint guides.Each
aircraft included on the sheet has a four view profile included.
Another nice touch is a side profile of the Kingfisher that
shows where lanolin was applied to the aircraft to protect
the floats. The images below show the different schemes on
the sheet but my scanner didn't do them justice.
The decals are of the high quality I have
come to expect from Red Roo Models. Red Roo has finaly fixed
my biggest problem with decal sheets, this is the supplying
of only one set of National Markings on the normal decal
sheet. With this set you are provided with sufficient National
Markings for all options on the sheet.