|Product||BarracudaCals decal sheet Spitfire Mk. IX Series – Part I|
|Product type||Waterslide decals for plastic models|
|Availability and pricing||$11.95
Available directly via manufacturer’s website www.barracudacals.com or in the UK via Hannants
One of the newest decal sheets from California-based BarracudaCals is entitled “Spitfire Mk. IX Series – Part I”.
The sheet is available in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales and offers markings for four rather colourful Spitfires. The choice of Spitfire Mk. IX is particularly timely considering the brand-new kits of this mark being released by Tamiya (1/32) and Airfix (1/72). However, it should be noted that two of the supplied markings are for high-altitude HF Mk. VIIs – a minor conversion of a Mk. IX kit which should be well within capabilities of an average modeller.
The supplied markings are:
- Spitfire HF. VII, NX-Q, serial no. MD111. 131 Squadron, RAF in high altitude fighter scheme of Medium Sea Grey upper surfaces with PRU Blue lower surfaces.
- Spitfire HF. VII, ON-E, serial MB820. 124 Squadron, RAF, flown by F/O Barrit. Standard Day Fighter camouflage scheme, interrupted by interesting stripes for Operation Starkey with black wing tips.
- Spitfire FR. IX, serial MK716. 16 Squadron, RAF, in overall PRU Pink camouflage for low-level dawn and dusk operations.
- Spitfire Mk. IXc, VZ-B serial MH883. 412 Squadron RCAF, flown by Canadian top-scoring ace F/Lt George “Buzz” Beurling. Standard Day Fighter camouflage.
The subject of this review are the 1/32 and 1/72 sheets. Both supply complete set of national insignia and individual markings for all four featured Spitfires as well as complete stencilling for one aircraft.
The quality of these decals is impeccable. Printed by Cartograph in Italy, the decals are thin, opaque and in register. I was particularly impressed by the finesse of the stencil decals – see photo.
The 1/72 scale sheet contains an added bonus in the form of the same markings repeated in 1/144 scale – a nice touch.
Where applicable, the supplied RAF roundels feature separate red centres to avoid any misalignment which may have occurred during print.
The instructions are printed in colour and contain side, top and bottom views for each aircraft.
This is a top-quality decal sheet which should be superior to most of the kit-supplied decals, while offering an interesting choice of paint schemes for long-nosed Merlin Spitfires. The marking options present colourful alternatives for finishing the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire, or the smaller Airfix one in 1/72 scale.
Recommended without reservation.
Review sheets supplied by the manufacturer