by: Rowan Baylis [ ]
EagleCals #120-122 each include markings for four aircraft and, as we've come to expect from this manufacturer, the quality is superb. The thin glossy items are printed precisely in register, with accurate colours and crystal clear carrier film trimmed tightly to each decal. Notwithstanding the pin-sharp printing, the sheets' designers have left nothing to chance and a few of the items (e.g. Swastikas) are produced in two layers for the modeller to align by eye. (Note, these sheets were originally announced for 1/48 scale as well, but due to the lack of currently available E-1's out-of-the-box in that scale, they are now 1/32 scale only until further notice.)
The breakdown of each set is identical, with the decals spread over two sheets - unit insignia, individual aircraft markings and stencilling on one, and national insignia on the second.
The instructions are printed on good quality stock and feature colour side profiles for each scheme, smaller plan views and a line-drawing (actually of an E-3) for the stencil placement guide. Each scheme is backed up with a very useful brief description that explains the colours, dimensions of the national markings and any details specific to that aircraft. A reference is provided in each case to where photos can be found.
1. "Yellow 14", 6.(J) Trägergruppe 186
2. "Yellow 12", 6./JG 26
3. "Yellow 3", 6./JG 52
4. "Black <", Lt. Josef "Pips" Priller, Stab I./JG 51
1. "White 13", Hptm. Helmut Henz, 4./JG 77
2. "Red 1", Oblt. Gert Framm, 2./JG 27
3. "Red 16", Oblt. Fritz Losigkeit, 2./JG 26
*4. "Yellow 12", 9./JG 52
1. "Yellow 12", Fw. Ernst Arnold, 3./ JG 27
2. "White 2", Fw. Paul Boche, 4./JG 52
*3. "Yellow 10", W.Nr. 6352 6./JG 54
*4. "Black 13", 2./JG 77
You'll notice that I've marked several of the schemes with an asterix (*). That's because, despite being E-1s, they have been fitted with the late-style canopy which isn't included in Eduard's kit. So, if you have your heart set on these particular Emils, you'll have to source your own canopy or wait for Eduard's 'E-4, due out in an May, to do a bit of cross-kitting.
ConclusionAs usual, Eagle Editions have come up with top quality decals for some very attractive alternative colour schemes. Highly recommended.
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