Iliad Design Silver Spitfires – Decal Review

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Product Iliad Design decal sheet Silver Spitfires Product type Waterslide decals for plastic models, 1/48 scale Manufacturer Iliad Design www.iliad-design.com Availability and pricing $11.00 ...

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

Iliad Design from Canada is providing decals and accessories for plastic scale models. One of Spitfire-related sheets in their range is entitled Silver Spitfires. As the name implies, it provides markings for silver (natural metal or aluminium-painted) Spitfires. Silver finish was not very common on Spitfires and thus this sheet provides a welcome alternative to the standard RAF camouflage featured on most aircraft.

This sheet provides markings for four Spitfires, two Mk. IXc, one Vc and one low-back Mk. XVI.

  • Spitfire LF Mk. IXc MJ250, UF-Q operated by No. 601 Squadron in Italy, 1943; overall silver finish with replacement upper nose panels left in camouflage colours and red spinner.
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc EP-A, flown by Lt. Col. E.P.Allen of XIX Tactical Air Command, 1945; Overall silver with small anti-glare panel and replacement camouflaged rudder.
  • Spitfire Mk.Vc Trop A58-137 SH-W of No, 85 Squadron RAAF, in Australian markings, 1945. Red spinner, black anti-glare panel, white tail and while wing leading edges make for a lively colour scheme.
  • Spitfire LF Mk. XVIe, TE395, HT-D of No. 601 Squadron, 1950. A low-back silver Spitfire with post-war roundels, red squadron letters and red spinner. Camouflaged replacement rear hood frame.

The A4-sized instructions offers a large colour profile of each aircraft, plus black-and-white top and bottom views.

The instructions lists all four aircraft as natural metal, but I would rather suggest that in line with the common RAF practice, at least some of them were painted in Aluminium rather than stripped to bare metal. This comment applies especially to MJ250 UF-Q and TE395 HT-D.

Quality

The sheet provides complete supply complete set of national insignia, plus individual code letters, serials and emblems 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. No. 601 Squadron emblems are particularly nice.

Verdict

Some may argue with me if the Spitfire looks its best in silver, but I think it does! If you agree, this is a comprehensive decal set for Merlin-powered Spitfires in such finish.

Don’t forget the stencils as they have been omitted from the Iliad Design sheet.

This is a top-quality and well-researched decal sheet providing some interesting markings. Recommended.

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