1/48 RAAF 75 SQN Avon Sabre Mk 32
This sheet from Southern Sky Models follows closely on the
heels of their excellent Australian Army Tiger decals and
covers three different black diamond/checker schemes worn
by 75 Squadron Avon Sabres during the 1960’s as well
as the 75 Squadron air show display Sabre scheme from the
1980’s in 1/48 & 1/72 scales. (1/144 & 1/32
will be available soon but in limited quantities).
For those that haven’t heard of Southern Sky Models,
the brand is owned by Roy Lee from Perth WA, who has over
the last 2-3 years been building up his E-Bay web store “ModelOz
Kits & Decals” (http://stores.ebay.com.au/ModelOz-Kits-Decals)
and is currently working on his own website (www.southernskymodels.com.au),
aiming to provide a wide selection of kits, decals and model
accessories that are of interest to the Australian modeller.
As with his previous Australian Army Tiger decals, these
Avon Sabre decals were designed and researched by Steven
Evans who was the former owner of Hawkeye Models Australia
and as a result these decals and instructions have the same
look and feel of the ALPS printed Hawkeye decal sheets, in
that they feature the separate ‘white only’ decal
sheet and no demarcation for the decals themselves on the
The specific aircraft covered on this sheet are as follows
- A94-365 – featuring black trim and checker
band on the tail with a top hat and cane motif. As seen
at RAAF Williamtown in the 1960’s
- A94-353 – featuring the same as ‘365’ plus
the fuselage black diamond, a black fuselage band and
drop tank bands. As seen at RAAF Williamtown in the 1960’s
- A94-983 – featuring an enlarged fuselage
diamond & band than was worn by ‘353’,
as well as revised checker style drop tank bands. As
seen at numerous airshows in the 80’s as the 75
Squadron show bird and which is currently held by the
The sheet also includes stencil data for one full aircraft
and when I say one full aircraft I mean one very full aircraft.
There are over 90 odd stencil data decals with this sheet
which means you would go mad trying to decal your Sabre in
one sitting. It also includes two sets of Zero to Nine serial
numbers in two different serial number styles used by the
I have heard that some people have had problems with silvering
on these ALPS style printed decals but I’ve always
used them on a well prepared glossy surface and haven’t
experienced any problems to date. I also give them a coat
of decal sealer before applying, regardless of their age,
and have not encountered any problems with them shattering
on contact with water.
Over all a very pleasing decal release of a much loved RAAF
subject and when teamed up with a 1/48 scale High Planes
Avon Sabre conversion for the Academy or Hasegawa Sabre kits
should make for a very rewarding and eye catching build.
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