Iliad Design Oddball Spitfires – Decal Review

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  Product Iliad Design decal sheet Oddball Spitfires Product type Waterslide decals for plastic models, 1/48 and 1/72 scales Manufacturer Iliad Design www.iliad-design.com  Availability ...

 

Product Iliad Design decal sheet Oddball Spitfires
Product type Waterslide decals for plastic models,
1/48 and 1/72 scales
Manufacturer Iliad Design
www.iliad-design.com 
Availability and pricing $11.00
Available directly via manufacturer’s website www.iliad-design.com

Looking for a colour scheme for a Spitfire which departs from the familiar RAF pattern? This decal sheet from Iliad Design of Canada is intended to offer a choice of unusual schemes for various Spitfire marks.

Iliad Design used to produce decal sheets in 1/48 scale. A welcome news in this case is that Oddball Spitfires is also available in the smaller 1/72 scale.

This sheet provides markings for four Spitfires: a Mk. I, two Mk. Vs and a Mk. IX.

  • Spitfire Mk. I, JZ-E, serial number AR213, serving with No.57 Operational Training Unit. This aircraft sported what would have been known today as an “aggressor” scheme, being used as an “enemy” against student pilots, with the nose clearly marked in white, blue and red stripes. 
     
  • Spitfire Mk. IXe, 8J*GG of GC II/7, also known as a part of No. 326 (Nice) Squadron, May 1945. This aircraft was flown by Capitaine Gabriel Gauthier and carried his personal markings “GG”.
     
  • Spitfire Mk. Vc, JK764 of No. 352 (Yugoslav) Squadron, Croatia, 1944, with standard RAF markings converted into Yugoslav markings of the Partisan Air Force.
     
  • Spitfire Mk. Vc, AA963, one of the earliest Mk. Vcs which was supplied to the United States for evaluation. It is known to have ended up carrying the Olive Drab over Neutral Gray finish, with Medium Green splotches.

The A4-sized instructions offers large colour profiles of all aircraft, as well as black-and-white top and bottom views on the reverse.

Quality

The sheet provides complete supply complete set of national insignia. There are also individual code letters and serials for each aircraft. Stencilling is not provided.

The quality of the decals is very good, with nice colour reproduction and colour printing in perfect register.


 

The three- and four-colour roundels are printed with separate red and yellow discs to avoid any misalignment.

Verdict

Oddball Spitfires is a good set for modellers wanting a different set of markings for their next scale creation. As such, it is a welcome product, and I’m confident that the AR213 with its unusual nose should prove particularly popular with modellers.

When choosing markings from this sheet, be mindful that the presented Vs and IX are of Mk. Vc and Mk. IXe variety respectivelywing. These variants, although popular in the field, haven’t been equally well covered in plastic. Most mainstream Spitfire kits represent Mk. Vb and Mk. IXc respectively.

This is a top-quality decal sheet with some interesting options. Recommended.

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