Once again the prolific Red Roo Decals
have come out with some more decals to cover the Aircraft
flown by the Australian Defence Force. This set covers the
Wirraway flown by the RAN and RAAF after WWII.
The RAN ordered 17 Wirraways in 1948 that were delivered
between Nov 1948 and Nov 1953, they were all ex-RAAF aircraft. These
aircraft were all replaced in the training role by the
DeHavilland Vampire Mk 34A and Mk 22 two seater.
The RAAF operated 755 Wirraways with deliveries starting
in 1939 and ceasing in 1946 with the type withdrawn from
service in 1959. There are a a few kits available in 1/72
including High Planes Models and MPM.
The set comes with two small sheets comprising two sets
of National markings and the aircraft markings. The larger
sheet has the incorrect size markings printed on them so
a supplementary sheet is supplied with the correct markings.
This second sheet is printed on continuous film so you
will need to trim them to size. Page two of the instructions
are quite clear on which decals should be used and those
that shouldn't. The markings covered by this set are:
- A20-722 in RAAF service. Finished in all-over aluminium
lacquer and dope with a matt black anti glare panel on
the engine cowling and forward fuselage as well as yellow
bands on rear fuselage and wings.
- A20-752, 971/NW in RAN service. Finished as per above.
- A20-168, 972/NW in RAN service. Finished as per above.
- VH-CAC, ex A20-722, restoration scheme. Finished as
per above but with civil registration.
The instructions are four double sided A4
sheets with colour profiles and short histories of the aircraft
covered by the sheet. Each four view profile on the instructions
comes with a reference photo of the original aircraft.