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  1. Hi Gang, I'd like to buy or trade for a set of decal suitable for MvR's Fokker Dr1 in 1/32nd. Ideally I'd like the bonus markings from WNW 32601#601 Fokker Dr.1 for Roden's model. Failing that any, Pheon decals that might suit. I'm in Australia. Thanks.
  2. 1:32 Jagdstaffel 17 & Jagsstaffel 30 Vol.2 Pheon Decals Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from Pheon Decals I originally saw these sheets at Telford’s Scale Model World 2014, but issues with printing prevented these from going on sale. Those issues were actually things you could barely notice, but ably recognised by Fantasy Printshop. Ray Horwell is pretty meticulous when it comes to his QA, so these were postponed for a short while until it was guaranteed that these would be as good as you could possibly get. At last, I can now take a look at Rowan Broadbent’s latest labour of love in these two new releases. There are a staggering number of available schemes in each set for that specific Jagdstaffel, so we’ll take a look at what the modeller is offered with each release. The sets we have here are: 32051, Jagsstaffel 17, £15.75 32052, Jagsstaffel 30 Vol.2, £15.75 Jagdstaffel 17 Both of these releases are packed into large A4 zip-lock wallets, with an inkjet-printed front cover insert, in this case, depicting the FOURTEEN schemes available in this release. It’s not just Wingnut Wings kits that these decals cater to, but also Roden, as the machines depicted are Albatros D.II and D.III, as well as the popular D.V and D.Va variants which WNW offer. Other aircraft catered to are the Fokker D.VII and Pfalz D.XII. Despite the sheer number of schemes here, clever selection has enabled the decals to be printed over only TWO sheets, and you will be reliant on using your kits own national markings, saving production costs here. These sheets essentially contain the specific personal emblems only, and the accompanying serial numbers. Inside the wallet, there are four, shiny A4, laser-printed sheets which show the profiles in a larger scale, and these are of course easier to judge decal placement. No decals are numbered, apart from some strip decals for the edging of a D.VII fuselage. The decals are so obvious, that they need no further identification. These scheme sheets also depict the tails of various machines, so you can tell how they were painted. No wing profiles are supplied, as this isn’t deemed necessary, but you will be able to find the information you need on the accompanying booklet. The schemes this set offers are: Albatros D.II (OAW), 933/16, Vzfw. Jakob Wolff, Metz-Frescaty, February 1917 Albatros D.III, 2033/16, Vzfw. Julius Buckler, St. Quentin-le-Petit, April 1917 Albatros D.III (OAW), 1694/17, Lt. Alfred Träger, St. Quentin-le-Petit, June 1917 Albatros D.III, serial unknown, Lt. Gunther Schuster, St. Quentin-le-Petit, June 1917 Albatros D.Va, serial unknown, Hptm. Rudolf Freiherr von Esebeck, Douilly (?), March 1918 Albatros D.V, 4408/17, Vzfw. Georg Strasser, Rethéuil Ferme, Winter 1917/18 Albatros D.V, serial unknown, Oblt. Hubertus Freiherr von Rudno-Rudzinski, Wasquehal, October 1917 Albatros D.Va (OAW), serial unknown, Ltn. Alfred Fleischer, Ercheu, June 1918 Albatros D.V, serial unknown, Ltn. Alfred Träger, Wasquehal, September 1917 Pfalz D.XII, 1416/18, pilot unknown, Vivaise, September 1918 Fokker D.VII (Alb), serial unknown, Ltn. Alfred Fleischer, Vivaise, late July 1918 Fokker D.VII (Alb), serial and pilot unknown, Vivaise, late July 1918 Fokker D.VII (Alb), serial unknown, Ltn. Gunther Schuster, Vivaise, late July 1918 The instruction booklet included with this release starts by supplying the modeller with a small history of Jagdstaffel 17, and the reference used for the production of these decals. Decal application notes are included to the rear. Notes are contained for each scheme, containing historical data, and some colour notation reference, where applicable. Colour images are contained for the Fokker D.VII with the fuselage stripes, showing decal placement for this more unusual scheme. Both the booklet and the decals are included within a smaller wallet, and those decals look absolutely gorgeous! As I mentioned, no national markings are given here, so as you have no reliance on them, there’s actually nothing stopping you from building EVERY scheme on this sheet, proving that this release is excellent value for money. A picture speaks a thousand words, so just take a look at what these decals offer. Printing quality is first rate, with the decals being suitably thin, and of course, in perfect register. You can guarantee that the colours will be as authentic as they possibly can when you consider that these have had to be determined from crusty black and white photographs. As always, Rowan has chosen an eclectic mix of very attractive aircraft, with each one crying out to be built. I suspect WNW will be getting a flurry of ordered for Albatros and D.VII kits! Jagdstaffel 30 Vol.2 This set is presented in the same format as the above release, but this time there are SIXTEEN scheme profiles on the inkjet-printed insert! A lot of the schemes on the previous set, are to be set against wooden Albatros fuselages, but this set has only five wooden fuse aircraft, albeit, highly attractive. In actuality, there are EIGHTEEN schemes in this release, with one of them depicted as two slightly different incarnations. This time, there are FIVE laser-printed sheets, with each profile supplied in vivid technicolour, and again, tail detail for specific machines. The schemes present here are: Albatros D.III, Oblt. Hans Bethge, May/June 1917 Albatros D.III, D2054/16, Ltn. Heinrich Brügman, April/June 1917 Albatros D.V, Ltn. Kurt Katzenstein, August/October 1917 Albatros D.V, D1012/17, Lt. Paul Erbguth, June 1917 Albatros D.V, Ltn. Otto Fuchs, September/October 1917 Albatros D.V, D2140/17, Otto Fuchs, July/August 1917 Albatros D.V, D1016/17, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, June 1917 Albatros D.V, Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, November 1917/February 1918 Albatros D.V, Vzfw. Josef Heiligers, November/December 1917 Albatros D.V D4420/17, Lt. Karl Weltz, November 1917 Albatros D.V, Uffz. Emil Liebert, November 1917/January 1918 Fokker D.VII, Ltn. August Hartmann, July/November 1918 Fokker D.VII, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, September/October 1918 Fokker D.VII, pilot unknown, Autimn 1918 Pfalz D.XII, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, pilot unknown, Autumn 1918 Fokker D.VII, 370/18, Ltn. Hans Holthusen, June/September 1918 Again, the instruction booklet provides excellent depth of detail, and even more so than the previous set, with plenty of historical data and scheme notation. As well as historical notes on the Jagdstaffel and the applied markings. This booklet is an absolute mine of information. Again, there are two decal sheets supplied here, in roughly A5 format, and containing just the machine and staffel decals (where appropriate). What I really like about this release are the stripe decals for the D.VII. These are printed as black and white, instead of having to prepare a vivid white base onto which to affix black stripes, and the possibility of debris and bubbles which could ruin a finish. Decal printing is as great as with the first sheet. Take a look at these and see how good these are for yourself, and the actual breakdown of certain decals. Conclusion You can never have enough Albatros and D.VII kits, and when you see these decals, you know that is literally, as well as figuratively! There are around 3 machines I’d quite like to tackle, from each set, and I really should set time aside to do this. With Pheon, you just know that you will purchase the best-researched and most accurate decals on the market. A real passion is instilled into each release, and these are no exception. Now, where’s that Albatros kit……… VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review samples seen here. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  3. 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Volumes 1 & 2 Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32054 & 32055 Available from Pheon for £12.75 each, plus P&P We usually associate Pheon Decals with WW1 decal releases, so these two new sets came as a big surprise to me, but certainly a very welcome one. Aftermarket decal sets for the new HK Models Gloster Meteor F.4 are few and far between, so Rowan and Sabine redress the balance a little with these new sets, containing two very attractive schemes each. Both sets are packaged in large zip-lock sleeves, but instead of the lower-quality inkjet printed multi-scheme face sheet, these both have the glossy, laser-printed scheme sheet at the front. With only two schemes per set, and not half a dozen or so, it makes sense. There are in fact THREE gloss sheets in these sets. As well as the main sheet that is used for your guide for scheme decal placement, the second and third gloss sheets have the Meteor printed in upper and lower plan form. The main sheet also has the squadron badges printed in large scale, and could be quite nice to carefully cut out and use on a display plinth, along with your completed masterpiece. Volume 1 has schemes for No.1 and No.63 Squadrons, whilst Volume 2 contains schemes for a No.56 Squadron machine, and one from 263 Squadron. We'll look at those specifically, soon. There are two other printed sheets in here, done on an inkjet machine, but these, for me, are one of the most important factors when buying any of these sets: stencils. HK Models released a great kit, but the decals left more than a little to be desired. I found them to be thick, and needing lots of setting solution to bed down properly. When it came to stencils, these were virtually ignored by the manufacturer. The closest we got to them were the wing walkway lines, and that was it. Also, if you use the Dutch Decals set, the stencils in there are either partially or wholly in Dutch. That certainly wouldn't be correct if you wanted to build an RAF machine. The Kitsworld set does include stencils, but they certainly aren't as comprehensive as the Pheon release. A number of key stencils are missing on the Kitsworld set. It does appear that if you want a full set of stencils, and ones that have been properly researched, then Pheon is the only game in town here. A decal set which contains a mass of stencils will obviously need good illustration to show placement, and the two sheets show this with some of the best clarity I have yet seen in any decal set, whether kit or aftermarket. Each set also contains a small booklet that not only explains the best way to apply your decals, but also a little about each machine too, with the marking heritage of the No.1 Squadron bird being shown on a Siskin and Fury. As all the machines depicted on these schemes were finished in silver, notes are also supplied to explain this colour and its application. Notes also exist which pertain to the stencils and their research origin. Noted is the fact that HK Models actually missed a little surface detail, but decals have still been included for this. You will need to do a little research of your own when it comes to that missing detail (you can't expect Rowan to do everything for you!). Each set contains TWO decal sheets. The largest has the main scheme markings, complete with the fuselage flashes etc. The white colours are also double printed for absolute solidity. Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and the proprietor, Ray Horwell, is absolutely anal about attention to decal and the quality of his product. It shows too, and this is why Pheon use them. I consider Fantasy Printshop decals to be possibly the very best you can buy. There are also a reasonable number of stencil decals printed on thelarge sheets too. The second sheet is entirely devoted to stencils, and the sheet itself is broken up into sections which state where the decals therein are to be placed, by airframe area. You really need to look closely at these stencils. Note that they are all readable! Quite a feat of printing. That printing is exceptional, being beautifully thin, with minimal carrier film. Colours are solid and authentic, and registration is perfect. The schemes included are: Volume 1 VT219, "C", 63 Squadron, RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire, 1950 VZ420, 1 Squadron, RAF Tangmere, Sussex, 1950 Volume 2 VT413, "W", 56 Squadron, RAF Waterbeach, Cambridge, 1951 VZ240, 263 Squadron, RAF Acklington, Northumberland, 1950 Conclusion Despite these sets only offering schemes in the traditional high speed silver which was commonly seen at the time, Pheon have chosen 4 very attractive and different machines which will no doubt leaving you in need of buying an extra HK Models Meteor or two. I've never been an ardent fan of silver-doped aircraft, but these are just begging to be built. I really might crack open another Meteor kit next year. Stencils add a lot to a model. It's the small details which add up, and with a set of these applied, you'll have the best-appointed Meteor that can possibly be built. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review samples seen here. To purchase directly, click HERE James H
  4. 1:32 decal sets for WNW 2A2 Salmson kits Pheon Decals Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from Pheon Decals Has there ever been any specific Wingnut Wings kit more underrepresented in the online modelling community, than the excellent 2A2 Salmson? I must admit that whilst I don't regularly visit the various modelling shows around the country, I am told that you really don't see any of these models made up anywhere. I, for one, think that's a crying shame as it really is, for me, one of the real highlights in the WNW catalogue. Having said that, Pheon decals have come to the rescue, and offered not one or two new decal sets for this kit, but THREE. We have been lucky enough to receive all three sets, and thought we'd share our findings with you. 32048, In French Service Vol.1, £12.75 32049, In French Service Vol.2, £12.75 32050, In USAS & Polish Service, £14.00 Before we dive in, I must share with you a little of what Pheon have told me regarding these new sets. We are all used to seeing Limited Edition decal sheets that are sometimes given another print run. Well, these are slightly different. Pheon aren't calling any of these sets 'Limited Edition', but due to the number of processes required for their printing (11 colours plus varnish), when these sets are sold out, that's it.....finito! As only 125 of each have been produced, I really do suggest you get your order in as soon as possible, to avoid inevitable disappointment. Printing is by Fantasy Printshop, and my experiences with their products have been nothing short of excellent. Decals react well to setting solutions (but there is a disclaimer against using them!), and their quality is among the very best in the business. Each set is packaged into a large Zip-lock wallet, and contains (as well as the actual decals) laser-printed colour scheme sheets and a rather neat booklet containing information on the schemes and also the best way to apply your decals. Of course, when it comes to scale models, reference and research is what sets some products apart from others. Rowan Broadbent is pretty picky when it comes to getting things right, and will research his schemes so that as little ambiguity as to these old aircraft, remain. The reference he uses is listed per machine. That is as standard, so now we'll take a look at t he individual sets and see what they offer. 32048, In French Service Vol.1 From this set, no less than NINE machines can be modelled. First of all, where national markings are required, you need to use the kit decals, as these are, being printed by Cartograf, perfectly for the job. A good number of the schemes present here, have the same basic camouflage layout which you will see in the WNW kit, with the exception of one machine that is finished in what might be grey or silver. This machine carries a 'Sun of Rhodes' insignia, due to the unit being commanded by Capitane Derode, who himself was a student of ancient Greece. This particular scheme, like the others, contains a list of optional parts in each aircraft section, which must be used for building that specific machine. These decals are among some of the most varied and colourful that I've see from Pheon. Schemes available with this set are: Serial not known, SPA 102 Serial 520 of SAL 1, Summer 1918 Serial XX(53?)47, SAL 14 Serial "5531" (purely speculative) SAL 17, Mayence-Gonsenheim (Mainz), Germany, 8 May, 1919 Serial 490, SAL 33 Serial 316, SAL 39 Serial 5351, SAL 74 Serial 5033 or 5039, SAL 263 Serial 798, SAL 288 The decals look quite extraordinary, and of course contain all of those amazing logos and serials in their varying styles. Two sets of serial numbers are included for the rudder. The font remains the same, but they are of different sizes. Two sets of each are also included, to give you duplicates, depending on which machine you build, or even if you build more than one from this sheet. In actuality, you could build the whole nine schemes, as the decals, as I have said are reliant on the kit sheet for the main markings. Now, THAT is value for money! I say this for all decal sets in this review. Printing is sharp, superbly thin, and with minimal carrier film. Colours are authentic and solid, and registration is perfect. Please take that for granted in this article. The instruction booklet also explains a little about the possible reasons for the lack of French aircraft on the modelling scene, recounting the horrific casualty statistics that the French endured. Notes are supplied for French Unit Designations too, and a separate page of listed reference material is supplied. 32049, In French Service Vol.2 All machines in this second set carry the same camouflage as was used in 8 of the 9 schemes in the previous set. What sets all of these aircraft apart are the colourful emblems employed by the various units/machines. Again, there are NINE schemes to choose from here, and the decal sheet format is very similar except that these schemes don't use a generic rudder numbering format. This set offers up the following Salmson aircraft: Serial 563 (purely speculative), SAL 10, winter 1918 – 1919 Serial 26(5?), SAL 16, April 1918, flown by Asp. Paul Honnorat, Observer Ltt Martin Serial 945, SAL 18 Serial 5351 (speculative), SAL 32 Serial 539 (possibly 531), SAL 40, flown by Adjutant Marius Roche, October 1918 Serial 479, SAL 58 Serial 359, SAL 70 Serial 504, SAL 259 Serial 4321, SAL 580 32050, In USAS & Polish Service Despite costing a couple of £ more, this set offers only SEVEN schemes, in comparison to the nine in each of the others, but don't let that put you off. What this set does contain is THREE decal sheets, as opposed to the single sheet in the others. There are two A5 size sheets which not only contain the emblems and serials of the Salmson, but also national markings in the form of the cockade and the large red/white Polish chequer squares. A smaller sheet/strip contains serials (with an obliteration), and bands for the lower wing. Cockades are split to accommodate the ailerons, and hinge/rigging locations are also included. The machines which may be built here are: Serial not known, 24th Aero Squadron, November 1918 Serial not known, 88th Aero Squadron, Forces of Occupation, Trier, Germany, December 1918 Serial not known, 90th Aero Squadron, Lt. Harvey Conover and 2nd Lt. Velentine J Burger, October 1918 Serial "986", 99th Aero Squadron, Lt. Llewellyn, September 1918 Serial 5247, Capt. Clearton H Reynolds, 104th Aero Squadron, 11th November 1918 Serial not known, 258th Aero Squadron, Germany, May 1919 Serial not known, "Winius", 1 Eskadra Wywiadowcze, Polish Air Service, ex SAL 582 French Aéronautique Militaire. Conclusion If ever there was a good reason to open your Salmson kit, or indeed order one from Wingnut Wings, this is kit. Whilst the Salmson's camouflage didn't exactly vary much from machine to machine, the personal and unit emblems here are very fetching and certainly evoke thoughts of the struggles of the Great War, and the tragedy for the French nation. As always with Pheon Decals, production and research are exemplary, and the product is of the highest quality. If you want a set of these, I suggest you head over to Pheon and buy them ASAP! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review samples. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  5. 1:32 Jasta 5 Albatros D.V Lt. Wolf (2nd Edition) Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32016 Available from Pheon Decals Use website contact detail for further info As the included manual will tell you, there isn't very much known about Lt. Wolf. Even his Christian name is lost to history. He seems to have popped briefly in the history of Jasta 5, with his 2 victories recorded, then he disappears as mysteriously as he appeared, leaving only the legacy of his highly decorated aircraft as a testimony to his life. The aircraft scheme is also subject to a little supposition too, as we have the aircraft shown only in a Jasta line-up, and some verbal testimony to certain aspects of its appearance. Not a great lot to go on, but a scheme which really couldn't be ignored nonetheless. Yes, you read that title correctly. SECOND edition. The original, and much sought after release of this rather beautiful, and to me, the most beautiful Albatros scheme, is now finally available again. This set as I infer, concentrates on a single Albatros flown by Lt. Wolf. If recreating the wooden fuselage of the Albatros is a little daunting to you, then this set could be just what you're after. The fuselage on this aircraft is entirely resplendent in beautiful Bavarian blue and white diamonds, with a dark green tail and a doped silver/grey centre fuselage panel. More on that soon. This decal set is packaged into a large A4 ziplock wallet, as with all Pheon releases, and unlike regular multi-aircraft sets, this doesn't contain a cover sheet as it's not really required. Inside we have two glossy A4 laser printed sheets, and instruction manual, and an A5-size decal sheet. Looking at the first colour sheet, you gain a real sense of just how beautiful this aircraft was. Another way of describing it would be 'striking'. As well as the aforementioned blue and white diamonds and silver-grey panel, a golden yellow band wrapped around the fuselage at this juncture, both fore and aft of this panel. The dark, emerald green tail was trimmed with red, and this trim also existed as the border between the rear diamond pattern and the tail itself. Forward engine cowls, wheel hubs and struts were also painted in silver-grey, whilst the spinner was painted red, providing a beautiful contrast to the scheme, and a little affinity to the tail trim colour. Lower wings were light blue with 'W' on each lower wing panel, inboard of the cross marking, and the upper wings were in a mauve and green camouflage pattern. No lozenge to be seen on this machine. Pheon have gone to great pains when it comes to breaking down this diamond scheme so that a mere mortal can apply it in decal form. I can almost imagine Rowan spitting feathers with his first attempts as he was perfecting the panel shapes. Thankfully his pain has paid off and we can already see a number of beautifully finished Wolf Albatros aircraft on the internet. Pop to the Wingnut Wings site and take a look on there too. At this point, I do need to tell you that this set is designed ONLY for the WNW kit, due to the complex panel shapes. The second laser-printed sheet shows the scheme in a broken down format, and explains exactly how the various panels must be placed. These diamond panels are not placed edge to edge either. You line them up with the starting datum points, and then a central panel is placed equidistantly between them. The gaps between are filled with single strips of diamond. These diamond panels are blue printed on clear, meaning you need a gloss white background onto which you assemble the pattern. This sheet clearly shows the sequence you MUST under undertake in order to successfully fit the various panels. The diamond section just in front of the tail section is supplied as one part per side, and there is a cut out position into which you will apply the fuselage crosses. These panels of course will line up on the centre-lines of the fuselage. By some accounts, the wolf emblem on the starboard side of the fuselage, was done in a different, rougher style to the Royal lion crest on the port side. This isn't confirmed, nor is there any evidence to really support the theory. As a result, Pheon have supplied this in the same style as the lion crest, which looks quite superb. These specific decals are printed as the main body colours, with a fine black lined overlay which will give the various elements their edges. The red and yellow/gold trim lines are also supplied in decal format. As for that decal sheet, is does look daunting when you first look at it, but when you tie this into the instruction sheet, it is straightforward. Printed by Fantasy Printshop, the decals are thin, contain minimal carrier film, and very importantly, are in perfect register. The only national markings supplied are the fuselage crosses, as the kit ones will do perfectly for the remainder. Various edge trimmings etc are easily identifiable with the colour sheet. Pheon's instruction manual is again a hive of information, with the origins of German fighter units being explained, as well as the creation of Jasta 5, and the colours used for their machines. Two passages on Wolf and his machine are also supplied, as well as some brief notes on decal application, and information of the reference used for the production of this set. Conclusion I've been waiting a long time for this one, and I'm certainly not disappointed. I have a sort of affinity with all things Bavarian, possibly due to many misspent hours in Munich beer halls, and I find the lure of the Bavarian colours on an aircraft, just a little too much to resist. This one has to be the ultimate for folks like me. You'll need to ensure a flawless gloss white surface onto which to apply the main pattern, and that will be your biggest challenge. I actually think the decals should be a breeze to apply, and any compound curves there are should be quite simple to overcome with Fantasy Printshop decals. I've had excellent success with getting them to conform, even without setting solutions (which I don't recommend on these multi-part patterns). Simply the most beautiful Albatros ever, and perhaps even the most attractive bird to take to the skies in the Great War. Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  6. 1:32 Pfalz D.IIIa fighters of Jasta 30 Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32026 Available from Pheon Decals for £12.75 plus P&P Use website contact detail for further info Wingnut Wings released their own aftermarket decal set for their 1:32 Pfalz D.IIIa, back in 2011, and SP&R reviewed it here. The focus of these separate decal sheets, as indeed with most AM sets, is to provide a variety of schemes which usually differ vastly from each other. However, this release looks at the Pfalz D.IIIa aircraft which flew specifically with Jasta 30, and their most unusual and attractive diamond emblems. This isn't of course the first time that Pheon have focused on a single Jasta. Take a look at our Fokker D.VII's of Jasta 18 review, here. Pheon's new Jasta 30 decal set is packaged into a large, A4 ziplock wallet, and contains a bubble-ink printed cover sheet showing the schemes in small profile format, THREE laser printed profile sheets, and a single, large and very colourful decal sheet, printed by Fantasy Printshop. Pheon's detailed instruction booklet is the norm for all releases, and is of course included here. The cover profile sheet really doesn't do the schemes as much justice as the vibrant laser-printed sheets actually show. One of the schemes is for a machine which is painted burgundy, looks like a chocolate brown on the cover sheet. Appearances can be deceptive, and you must only use the cover sheet as a guide to contents. This set contains decals for SIX Jasta 30 machines, of D.IIIa type, meaning the WNW kit is the only game in town when it comes to wanting to use these decals. Those three laser printed sheets show the schemes in a larger scale format than those on the cover sheet. Four scheme port-side profiles, including the burgundy machine, are shown on the first sheet. The second sheet shows those machines in upper plan format, whilst the last shows the last two profiles in port and upper profile. Where there are any question marks hanging over scheme specifics, alternative cutaway views are supplied. As with most WW1 subjects, the scant lack of surviving evidence of 'absolutes' with regard to some aircraft, means that there is an element of modeller freedom allowed! All six schemes are a variation around Jasta 30's orange diamond with its black trim line. Pheon do not give specifics for the history of each machine they supply decals for, presumably due to scant information being available, but they do supply a brief history of Pfalz Flugzeug-Werke, and how it come to produce its own designs, after initially building aircraft designs under licence from other companies, such as Otto (Lilienthal?), Roland and Morane-Saulnier. Of course, the real money to be made was in the design and building of home-grown designs, and this is what Pfalz began to do, branching into fighter design in 1917, with the D.III, taking the technologies of companies such as Roland, and incorporating them into their own designs. The D.III became the D.IIIa when modifications to the MG arrangement were made so that clearing a jammed gun in flight was easier than it was with the enclosed guns of the D.III variant. Jasta 30 was one of those which exclusively used the Pfalz D.IIIa, hence the subject of this decal release. A history of Jasta 30 is given, and that of the key protagonists within it, plus notes on the general finishes given to the machines they operated. The use of Wingnut decals for national markings, where Pheon don't include specific alternatives in this set. All schemes, with the exception of the burgundy machine, are based around the standard Pfalz silver/grey aluminium paint finish. Each machine carried the orange/black diamond on both port and starboard fuselage side, as well as on their upper wing centre panels. There are a number of very attractive variations in the schemes which include black fuselage stripes and also an orange tail section, trimmed in black. Where the fuselage diamond overlays the black stripes, Pheon have produced this as a single decal for you. Those tail sections in orange, and the black trims, are also supplied as decals, so you don't need to try and match the colour of the main diamonds, with any paint. There is no indication that I can see for the shade of burgundy used for that machine, so you'll have to use a shade which you consider to be more period-looking. Notes are given that the rounded struts, and not the pointed-end ones should be used for all machines in this set. The six schemes offered are: 4203/17, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, March 1918 Serial unknown, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, May 1918 Serial and pilot unknown, Phalempin, May 1918 4202/17(?), pilot unknown, Phalempin, May 1918 5888/17, Oblt. Hans Bethge, March 1918 5947/17, Ltn. Freiherr von der Horst, early 1918 The single decal sheet is split up into sections for each aircraft, easily identifiable from the scheme drawings and their accompanying scheme numbers. The individual decals themselves aren't numbered, but they don't need to be. Everything is self-explanatory, with decals marked left and right, where applicable. Printing is excellent with good, solid colour. Essentially, only black and orange inks are used in this set, but printing is in perfect register, and carrier film is minimal. The decals are also printed thinly too, which should help you with your setting solutions. Conclusion This particular decal set has actually been a few years in hiatus. They were originally planned to coincide with a book on Jasta 30 that never materialised. Realising that the book would probably shed no more light on the schemes that was actually known, Rowan decided to release them now, instead of depriving modellers of what is a beautiful set of decals. There isn't too much in the way of variety, but the basic scheme itself is very attractive, and these are most certainly worthy of your consideration if you are hankering for a Pfalz build. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  7. 1:32 Fokker D.VIIs (OAW & Alb) of Jasta 18 Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32045 Available from Pheon Decals for £12.75 Pheon Website: www.pheondecals.com Email for purchase. There's no doubt that with a set of Pheon Decals, you can indulge yourself in more than one scheme for your investment, and in many cases, you could perhaps build every machine depicted on the sheet. Things are no different here, except that you could actually build pretty much all ELEVEN schemes, including a Fokker Dr.1 that has crept into the Jasta 18 mix. Yes, of course, you would need to have almost a permanent hotline to Wingnut Wings in order to buy their D.VII kits, but just think what an amazing feat it would be to display a range of machines from the same Jasta! Let's take a look at exactly what Pheon have supplied us with here, and the various options available. Pheon's decals arrive in a large zip-lock wallet, with a regular, colour printed A4 sheet depicting 8 Jasta 18 profiles. Inside the wallet, another FIVE sheets of high gloss printed profiles are supplied, with sectional data given for the various tailplane and wing marking paintwork. One of these sheets includes something I don't think I've ever seen included in a decal sheet, and that is a MASKING TEMPLATE SHEET. Whilst Jasta 18 markings don't vary much, you will of course need to know where the demarcation between the red front and white rear fuselage begin and end. The fuselage masks are printed as such, with the double red banding for the rear fuselage also marked out for you. Correct....these are NOT given in decal form, and it is intended that you airbrush these as you would with the forward fuselage. Not that that's a bad thing, as at least you'll know you have exactly the same shade of red for both areas. Another set of fuselage masks is given to help you locate the fuselage corner stripes which apply to some machines. For me, these are perhaps the most attractive of the Jasta 18 schemes, and help to neatly break up the sold white rear fuselage of these aircraft. This sheet also contains both upper and lower tailplane plans, with the sections to be painted white and then masked, greyed out so you know exactly which stripes you should paint (work at this as a negative: grey = white, and white = airbrushed stripes). Another sheet contains the cross templates for the Fokker Dr.1. I really wish Wingnut Wings would release this particular kit. I dream of it. Pheon have wonderfully depicted their profiles in sharp, full colour, which of course highlights the common raven emblem. Most machines wore this as a black raven with the exception of the D.VII whose red fuselage extended rearwards to finish where the tailplane begins. In this case, it was white. This also applied to the extra Dr.1 scheme present here. Each machine carries either an extra personal emblem, extra to the raven, or as one machine depicts the raven picking off a line of chicks. Definitely one to consider! Each scheme also tells you whether that machine was an Albatros or OAW-built machine. A no-brainer. Looking carefully too, you will see that some machines had red upper and lower wings, whilst utilising lozenge on the lower panels. Check the profiles carefully. Pheon's instruction booklet is another highlight of their releases, and this one has had special attention to detail levelled at it. More on that in a moment. This booklet opens with a history of Jasta 18 covering FIVE pages, plus a list of references and acknowledgements that Rowan has supplied. This makes me realise I really do need to expand my own reference library. After a page explaining the best way to apply your decals, we arrive at a section regarding the Jasta 18 livery, and an explanation as to the various depictions of these scheme, with the raven colour being singled out too. Wing cross use is also explained, as is something I know took Rowan a lot of time to get right; the various cowl panels. Rowan told me that as WNW had gone to such pains to explain the various cowl options in their manual, then he needed to do the same here, except we have some extra modifications to make for every machine. This could include removing louvre detail, and indeed adding it too. Drawings are supplied for this, with note as to which machine they pertain, complete with the relevant WNW part number too. There is also another element of cowl modification that needs to be carried out for some machines, and that is the inclusion of two ventilation openings in the port side upper cowl. Again, explanation is given, along with a photograph of a completed modification. Cheers Rowan! Each machine is now given a few paragraphs of explanation as to the pilot, particular scheme variation and notes on the cowl and exhaust format. The notes are both informative and very useful. The schemes supplied in this set are: Fokker D.VII, early OAW-built, Ltn. Kurt Monnington, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, OAW-built, Ltn. August Raben, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, OAW-built and Albatros-built, serials unknown, Ltn/ Heinz Küstner, Montingen, Summer 1918, and post-war. Fokker D.VII, serial unknown, Albatros-built, Ltn. Gunther von Büren, August/September 1918, Montingen Fokker D.VII, Albatros-built, serial unknown, Ltn. Hans Müller, Montingen, September 1918 Fokker D.VII, Albatros-built, serial and pilot unknown, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, possibly Albatros-built, serial and pilot unknown, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, Albatros-built, serial unknown, Ltn. Wilhelm Kühne, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, OAW-built, possibly flown by Vzfw. Glatz, Montingen, Summer 1918 Fokker D.VII, OAW-built, pilot and serial unknown, reference photo data unknown, but probably summer 1918, Montingen Fokker Dr.1, 479/17, Ltn. August Raben, Montingen, October 1918 The Decals: This single, A4 sheet is absolutely CHOCK FULL of decals, and the inclusion of so many ravens does indeed prove that you can indeed do pretty much every scheme available, if the inclination takes you. The sheet is full of personal emblems/insignia/flashes, rudder crosses, tailplane decals, including trim lines, and also fuselage stripes. Normally, I would mention that things are in register, but that doesn't count here as the decals are either black or white, with no combinations. Printed by Fantasy Printshop, the decals are superbly thin, solid in colour (with non-vivid white), and contain minimal carrier film. Some notification is given as to direction of decal and whether they are applied to the left or right. Conclusion Yes, these schemes might be fairly similar, but what an iconic scheme! The D.VII is white and red is simply stunning, and the sheet simply cries for more than one to be built. In fact, that's just what I'll do. Jasta 18's scheme is simple enough for a modeller who isn't perhaps too adept with masking, yet wants to create something very eye-catching. I'll build mine with a combination of Aviattic and Old Propeller decals over the two I have planned for this sheet. Watch out on the Large Scale Modeller forums for those results. Very highly recommended. James H Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample used here.
  8. 1:32 Fokker D.VIIF Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32047 Available from Pheon Decals Use website contact detail for further info I don't think there's much doubt that the Fokker D.VII was one of the most colourful canvases to ever take to the air. Their pilots and ground-crew must've had some of the most fertile minds when it came to decorating their machines. Whether it be a genuine show of originality, or simply to disguise the day to day horror of the war, the resulting 'ultimate fighter' cut a very bright and beautiful sight whilst in the air, belaying the sheer brutal killing power of the robust, rig-less design. This certainly isn't the first Fokker D.VII decal set from Pheon. We reviewed their Jasta 18 set recently. However, it is their first dedicated Fokker D.VIIF release, addressing at least one machine which we were very surprised hadn't made the Wingnut Wings release itself. More on that later. Now, there are so many machines from which Pheon could have taken their pick, but again, the choices here are inspired for their unusual character, quirkiness and uniqueness. Let's take a look. Pheon's latest release, packaged into the usual large ziplock wallet, has an inkjet colour insert sheet at the front, highlighting the SEVEN schemes included within this release. Yes, the profile sheet does indeed show NINE machines, but two machines have alternative paint colours, either in whole or part, thus simply represent alternatives for those aircraft. Still, having seven schemes to choose from, is a real bonus! Fokker D.VIIF, 508/18, Offz-Stv. Wilhelm Hippert, Jasta 74, St. Loup-en-Champagne, September 1918 So why don't we start with something a little contentious. As Rowan says in his manual, there are some historians who say that this machine was NOT a D.VIIF, but instead a Mercedes-powered aircraft. Why would one of the flying 'proles' be assigned a machine which was in high demand, and one which some of the more prominent and acclaimed pilots were struggling to secure? Good question, but as this machine was fitted with a side-slung oxygen bottle for high altitude flying, it would indeed make sense. Another reason for including this is that simply AMAZING colour scheme, and certainly one of my real favourites for the D.VII of any type. The fuselage and tail surfaces are painted in a black and white chessboard style pattern, whilst the lozenge wings have a very large 'Mimmi' motif on the top surface of the upper wing. This machine is indeed quite a startling looking aircraft, and begging to be built. What about that oxygen bottle though? Well, Pheon will shortly be releasing this in a photo-etch and resin format, and when they do, we'll let you know, as I will be securing one of these to build this aircraft. The cowl panels for this aircraft are supplied in the WNW release, just needing a little louvre removal in order to correctly represent Hippert's aircraft. The wheel hubs, engine cowl and upper deck were painted blue. No national markings were displayed on the fuselage. Fokker D.VIIF, serial unknown, Oblt. Theodor Hermann Dahlmann Adjutant JGIII, Lieu St. Amand, September 1918 If you are a fan of black and white aircraft, then this machine, like the first, should certainly enthuse you. Before Dahlmann went onto become a General in Goering's WW2 Luftwaffe, he was a very competent fighter pilot in the Great War. His machine was adorned in black and white bands, as was the tail plane. The nose was painted black also. Worn in an area to the front of the fuselage cross was Dahlmann's black and white Wälkure (Valkyrie) emblem. Rowan does state that only one image of this aircraft exists, and the creation of the scheme from that image is conjectural, but very likely to be correct when looking at the practice of Jasta 26 practice. Dahlmann continued to fly with Jasta 26, despite him being Adjutant of JGIII. Fokker D.VIIF , 5125/18, Oblt. Hermann Goering, Kommandeur, Jagdgeschwader Freiherr von Richthofen Nr.1, September 1918 Of course, Goering went onto to find infamy as Germany's Reichsmarshall under Adolf Hitler, and ultimately, the end of the hangman's rope. During WW1 though, he became a highly decorated fighter pilot, and was one of Germany's most prominent aviation figures. This is the scheme that I am surprised wasn't included within the WNW kit release, as it is so simple, it could have been included merely as a bonus scheme. Goering's all-white Fokker D.VIIF was presented to him by Anthony Fokker, who was a friend of Goering's. Goering himself had a hip injury which made access into a cockpit a little awkward for him, so this machine was slightly modified, with a cut down upper coaming on the port side, and an external grab handle to facilitate a more comfortable entry/exit for him. This machine was also fitted with what can only be described as wind deflector plates to the fore of each Spandau spent ammo chute. If you don't like to weather your models too much, this scheme is for you. Goering's crew kept this aircraft in a rather pristine condition, so as the instructions say, 'go easy on the weathering'. Fokker D.VIIF, serial unknown, Ltn. Heinrich 'Heinz' Drekmann, Jasta 4, Monthussart Farm, July 1918 This particular scheme may have had an overall red or overall black finish, as depicted in the colour profiles, printed on the glossy profile sheets. Drekmann was Ernst Udet's wingman, and both Udet's and Drekmann's highly sought after BMW-powered 'F' machines were procured by Udet, for the pair of them. The limitations of defining the colours on period images means that while it is likely the machine was painted black due to a scheme feature instigated by Udet, it is possible the aircraft could have been red. No one will ever really be able to argue one way or the other with any proof, so this is one of those opportunities that you can use to finish it Drekmann was a citizen of Hamburg, and the city emblem of a ship is displayed on the fuselage sides. Fokker D.VIIF, serial unknown, Vzfw. Wilhelm Stör, Jasta 68, Preutin, September 1918 Stör was credited with 5 victories during the war, before becoming a Messerschmitt test pilot in the 1930s, and becoming a part of the ill-fated attempt to sell the Bf 109 licence to Japan during WW2. Stör's machine had a lozenge fuselage with a black and white band, and a sword/wings emblem also. I'm not sure about the engine cowl colour (also the wheel hubs), but they look like dark grey. There is a YouTube link to a slightly flawed replica, and that might give you some useful pointers. Rowan has said the partially displayed serial is indeed conjectural, as the full numerical status is unknown. Fokker D.VIIF, serial unknown, Oblt. Rudolf Berthold, Kommandeur, Jagdgeschwader II, September 1918 This is a strange one, because no actual photos of this machine exist whilst Berthold was its pilot. Instead, images of the machine, with a different pilot's over-painted scheme, have had to be analysed in order to peel back the layers and recreate Berthold's machine. This D.VIIF was painted blue, with a red nose and engine cowls, undercarriage struts and wheel hubs. The rudder and partial fin were painted white. A wings and dagger motif in white is emblazoned on each side of the fuselage. Whilst the lower wing retained its lozenge finish, the upper side of the top wing was painted blue, with a white centre section. Fokker D.VIIF, serial unknown, Lt. OliverFreiherr von Beaulieu-Marconnay, Jasta 15, Chery-les-Pouilly, August 1918 As Pheon admit, this is another aircraft whose scheme is one of conjecture. Being very similar in appearance to Berthold's machine, this one carried either a red or yellow nose/cowls and wheel hubs. The white fuselage motif is painted over the original dagger/wings emblem, and the upper wing has a lighter blue centre panel to contrast the remainder of the upper wing, painted in the same blue as the fuselage. Instructions For reference, these are simply the very best you can find with aftermarket decal sets. Starting with a brief resumé on the D.VIIF, and some hints and tips on the best method of applying your decals, each machine is then described in turn, using historical reference to help colour an image of the aircraft, it's deployment and the pilot who flew it. Some historical notes extend for a couple of pages, and make this set quite a treat to the aviation modeller/armchair historian. Rowan explains which kit parts are needed to recreate the different machines, with some cowl images included for the first machine, where louvers need to be removed. FIVE glossy A4 sheets are included which show the aircraft in larger profile section than the profile insert at the front of the packet. Where necessary, cutaway and plan drawings are included too. Notation is also supplied for the various aircraft modifications which are needed for certain aircraft. The Decals There are TWO sheets included in this set. One of them is an A4 sheet, and the other A5. A good number of the decals supplied here are 'cookie-cut', as per the chessboard pattern on the Hippert machine. For this, the fuselage is broken down into two panels for port and starboard, and separate panels for upper and lower. These should be easy to place due to accurate cut-outs which tie in with stabilizer and wing root cut outs. These are printed as black/clear, and are designed to sit upon a gloss white base coat. The tail plane patterns for highly decorated machines, are supplied in one piece too. Where other machines carry bands and bars, these are also supplied, so no need for any awkward or inaccurate masking. The first, larger sheet carries the large decal panels for the first two schemes. Yes, only TWO aircraft! This goes to show you the quantity of pre-shaped panels included here. The second sheet also carries markings for these aircraft, as well as the remaining schemes. The large 'Mimmi' for Hippert's aircraft, looks particularly good. A number of national markings are supplied here, but not enough to make all 7 schemes. If you need more, you can buy a supplement sheet from Pheon for a very reasonable price. Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and I know from experience just how good these are at conforming to surface detail and working with setting solutions. Carrier film is thin and minimal, and printing is perfectly in register. Conclusion This is by far my favourite sheet from Pheon, and when you look at what they have produced so far, that's quite a statement. The scheme choice, inclusion of those cookie-cut decals for the first two machines, and the fact we have Goering's D.VIIF here, is a clincher for me. This is a great set, packed with historical notes and includes schemes which are linked directly or indirectly to notorious figures from the following Third Reich. There are at least THREE I want to build here, so I'm thinking it's time to fire yet another order through to Wingnut Wings! Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Pheon for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
  9. 1:32 Sopwith Pups of the RNAS Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32014 Available from Pheon Decals Well, we've had two RFC Sopwith Pup decal reviews from Pheon, so it's only fair that we now redress the balance and turn our attention to a release designed for the RNAS version of the 1:32 Wingnut Wings kit. These RNAS machines are perhaps not quite as colourful as some of their RFC counterparts, having a basic PC10 scheme, but they are quite interesting subjects for a number of reasons that we'll outline here. Pheon's latest release is packed into the customary clear A4 ziplock bag, containing not only the A5 decal sheet, but a number of superbly printed glossy sheets depicting the profiles and plans for the FIVE marking options supplied, but also an excellent instructions leaflet, giving historical notes on the aircraft. The front of the package has an A4 insert, depicting the five schemes which this release contains. Rowan has again opted NOT to supply you with information about the type itself, as this is more than adequately covered within the Wingnut Wings manual. The eight page manual first explains the best way in which to apply the decals, as well as a note on wing cockade application. As a side note here, this set is supplied with ONE set of cockades, but should you want to build further schemes from this set, extra cockade sheets can be purchased from Pheon. The code is 32013a, and these sell for £4.50 per sheet. General colour notes are supplied too, as is the reference list that Rowan has used for producing this release. Also included are a few brief notes on how these aircraft were stained during their service life, and how natural metal panels would oxidize through lack of any treatment. The remainder of the manual goes on to detail the schemes, including both historical and color notation. Also check the scheme notes for modifications that a number of these models will have to undergo in terms of equipment and things like windscreens etc. We'll now take a look at these schemes. N6179, 'Baby Mine', Flt. Cdr T.C. Vernon, Flt Sub-Lts A.W. Carter & L.H. Slatter, 3 Sqn. RNAS, Marieux, France, April 1917 This machine, with a varnished upper decking, battleship grey cowl, and a white band around the fuselage, had a standard clear doped linen underside, and also a CDL vertical tail fin, with the Sopwith company name stenciled upon it. Wheel hubs are also CDL. This aircraft had an unusual windscreen which straddled the MG. This is clearly depicted on the profile, and supplied within this release, pre-printed onto a sheet of acetate!. N6200, 'Bobs', Flt Cdr A. M. Shook, 4 Sqn RNAS, Bray Dunes, France, May 1917 'Bobs' also had a varnished upper deck, but this time it had a bare metal engine cowl and side panels. Unusually for this machine, not only was the vertical fin painted in royal blue, but there was a distinct possibility that the entire upper tailplane was also painted to match this, as were the hubs. The drawings do show a possibility of CDL hubs. N6183, 'Mildred', Flt Cdr. J.A. Glen, 3 Sqn. RNAS, Marieux, France, May 1917 'Mildred' has her name emblazoned, as with the other machines, on the fabric panel just below the pilot's position. With the limitation in understanding how to represent colour from old black and white photographs, it is possible that the name 'Mildred' was stenciled in red, with a white 'shadow' to it. Pheon have included decals including the red version, as well as the shadow stencil by itself. It's up to you how you wish to depict this. I'm sure no one will be able to critique you for using the 'wrong' set! Mildred's engine cowl had its upper portion painted red, whilst the remainder of this and the side panels, were left in natural metal. The upper deck was varnished, and TWO types of hub option are included; a bare white version for the aircraft's early service, and a red, white and blue for later. The latter is supplied as a decal, split to help it overlay the cone shape of the hub. N6203, 'Mina', Flt Cdr. L.H. Slatter, RNAS Seaplane Defence Flight, St Pol, France, July 1917 This machine may have had a white cowl, or it could have been natural metal. Again, limitations in interpreting old photos will always leave more questions unanswered, than it will answer them. Mina's wheel hubs were white, and the vertical fin was painted in PC10 also. This aircraft had two very unusual large, white teardrops painted onto its tailplane. These are included as decals, due to their complex shape N6181, 'Happy', Flt Cdr. L.S. Breadner, 3 Naval Sqn, Marieux, France, April 1917 In amongst the carnage of war, I find it ironic that a pilot could name their aircraft 'Happy', but that's just what we have here. As with Mildred, the 'Happy' name is supplied in decal form as both a red word with white shadow, and as just the shadow itself. It's your decision as to which way you want to go with this. The natural metal engine cowl also had its upper portions painted in red. White horizontal bands adorned the upper and side fuselage, as did it on the upper wing centre section itself. Elevators were also painted white. Again, the unusual split windscreen of this machine is supplied with this set, on a piece of acetate. This set includes 3 glossy-printed sheets depicting the profiles. The first two sheets contain a portside profile of each machine, with cutaway drawings depicting various options. The third sheet shows the aircraft in upper plan. The decals As previously mentioned, the sheet accompanying this release is A5 in size, and contains one set of cockades, and one set of fin decals. Cockades are printed with separate red centres, and with cut-outs for the control surface inspection panels. With the exception of the wrap around fuselage band of the first machine, all other such bars etc are given as decals. Stencils are supplied for each serial machine, too. The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and are both thin and contain minimal carrier film. Colours are authentic and not too vivid, and printing is in perfect register. Conclusion This is a very simple set which will go to produce some fairly unusual PC10 schemes. Rowan has a knack of finding subjects which have a little bit of the unusual about them, and again, he has succeeded with this set. Thoroughly researched and beautifully presented, this set is another winner for WW1 aircraft modellers! Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review set. James H
  10. 1:32 Wartime Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe, and Canadian 'Trophy' Fokkers Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32044 Available from Pheon for £7.50 plus P&P Pheon Website: www.pheondecals.com Email for purchase. If you're a WW1 modeller, it's always a pleasure to see a new Pheon release. In fact, it seems to be a little bit of an event, almost akin to seeing a shiny new Wingnut Wings release. This isn't just my perspective, but also that of modellers I'm in contact with. Rowan's choices of schemes, and the sheer effort that goes into them, goes to make a great product. This new set is also a little unusual, catering to now just one type, the Sopwith Snipe, but also to the wonderful Fokker D.VII kit too, but with a twist. I know from my communication with Rowan that this set has been a labour of love, and the weight of information which comes within the manual, should show you his passion for the subject, and provides some very interesting background information to the chosen schemes. Packaged into a ziplock wallet, the new 1:32 Wartime Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe, and Canadian 'Trophy' Fokkers set has the six schemes on offer here (three Snipe and three D.VII), featured in small port-side profile on an inkjet cover sheet. Within the packet, TWO more profile sheets are included, printed these schemes in a larger scale, and of course, on high quality, glossy paper. As well as the profiles, wing detail cutaway images are shown too, where appropriate. It is pretty much true that RFC/RAF schemes were mostly PC10 or PC12, and the Snipe schemes here fall into that category for the main part, but Rowan has chosen some neat schemes which are broken up a little by either cowl paint colour, or wing identification letters. Let's take a look at those Snipe schemes before heading over to Fokker-land. 1. E8012, Maj. William George Barker, attached to 201 Sqn RAF, October 1918 Major Barker was an extraordinary man. He was a man of incredible flying skill and courage, and he was one of the highest scoring Allied 'aces' during the Great War. His machine was painted with grey turtle-deck, forward cowls and engine cowl. The rear fuselage was painted with five stripes in honour of the five aircraft which he simply claimed as being 'out of control', instead of destroyed. 2. E8050, Capt. E.R. 'Bo' King, Commander of 'A' Flight, 4 Sqn. AFC, October/November 1918 Again, this machine is painted in a similar way to Maj. Barker's Snipe, with the possibility of red wheel hubs, but the difference here is that the machine's 'A Flight' fuselage code is also displayed on the inboard, upper starboard wing. 3. E8082, 2/Lt. E.J. Richards, 'B' Flight, 4 Sqn. AFC, October/November 1918 Adorned in a similar manner to the 'Bo' King machine, with the 'X' displayed on the upper wing, the engine cowl (and possibly wheel hubs) were painted deep blue. ...and onto the Fokkers, which are of course, machines evaluated by the Canadians after capture. Despite their new ownership, these aircraft still wear their German national markings, with the 4th and 5th options carrying 'extra' markings which I'll describe in the text below. The last machine (scheme 6) is a composite aircraft, built from a number of airframes. 4. OAW-built Fokker D.VII 8493/18 This machine may have been captured at a production facility, and doesn't seem to have been assigned to any unit, as it is devoid of any typical and personal markings. There are also some neat little touches to this scheme, such as small repair panels, a British-installed bare metal panel to the front of the AVRO/Trainer Pup style windshield (to block the holes from the removed guns). One cowl panel is also possibly black too, so there are a number of areas of visual interest for this scheme which would certainly make it an interesting possibility. The fuselage carries a green maple leaf RCAF 1 Sqn. Badge, again adding more visual interest. 5. OAW-built Fokker D.VII, serial unknown Now, how about a racing Fokker!! You heard correctly. The identity of this aircraft isn't known, and of course as this was used in a non-military capacity after the war, this D.VII carried no Spandaus. This aircraft was flown by William Barker in the Toronto-new York Air Race of August 1919, and carried the aircraft's race number '50', emblazoned on both fuselage sides in white with black trim, and also in white on the inboard side of each lower wing. This machine looks very unusual indeed with this almost comedic writing. 6. Albatros-built Fokker D.VII 6810/18 "The Knowlton Fokker" As previously mentioned, this aircraft was built from a number of other D.VII parts to supplement the Albatros-built machine's fuselage. Some lozenge fading on airframe parts, and the fact that all the various panels are of a different origin, will make this one a mish-mash of different styles, derived from different glazes etc. A real mixed bag. No other non-German markings are evident either . Instructions This 17 page A5 manual begins with a little of the history of the Snipe itself, and a little introduction to the Canadian Fokkers, before presenting you with the reference Rowan has used to compile this set. Instructions on decal use is given, and then onto the main event; the history of the various aircraft. The historical aspects of this decal set are seriously superb, telling some amazing stories relating to the Snipes and their pilots. You certainly won't find this depth of info on wiki. I know, I tried! Colour notations and any other useful information relating to specifics and oddities, especially for the Fokker machines, is noted in detail for the modeller, including cowl peculiarities. The decals The decal sheet for this is quite small, but because it neither relies on, no contains national markings, it does mean that you will be able to build ALL SIX schemes here, should you have the kits and inclination (just over £1 per model!). Barker's Snipe has the fuselage stripes given as a decal, with overlapping serials. Serials are separately included, should you want to mask the stripes and paint them yourself. The decals aren't numbered for ID, but it is pretty obvious for which machine they apply. As usual, Fantasy Printshop are the producers of this sheet, and they are printed thinly, with minimal carrier film, and in perfect register. Colours are solid and authentic. Conclusion This is a very unusual set, no doubt. Both Fokkers and Snipe aircraft on the same bill. You don't see it every day. It really doesn't matter if you just like the D.VII, or indeed the Snipe, as this set presents excellent value for money, and of course, those killer historical schemes. Build two from the set, then you're quids-in. Build more, then you really start to see the benefits of including more than one aircraft type on a set. Rowan has chosen some super aircraft for this release, and you certainly would be forgiven for tailoring your stash to cater to more than one build. VERY highly recommended. Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample. James H
  11. 1:32 Sopwith Pups of the RFC Pheon Decals Catalogue 32013 Available from Pheon Decals for £10.50 Pheon Website: www.pheondecals.com Email for purchase. After the recent Pups 'Trainers and Pets' review we did here at SP&R, we thought your eyes perhaps needed a contrast for this next article. With more straight and sober colours, but certainly no less interesting, today we publish our look at the 'Sopwith Pups of the RFC' decal set. Despite first glances, there some rather unusual aircraft depicted here, and surely something that would pique your interest. As with all Pheon Decal sets, this release is packaged into a large zip-lock wallet, and has an inkjet-printed cover sheet showing the supplied scheme port-side profiles. Look a little closer, and you'll notice a couple of peculiarities. We'll discuss those in the scheme breakdown shortly. Also inside the wallet are THREE glossy colour profile sheets. Two of these contain larger and more detailed profiles than on the cover sheet, whilst the third sheet illustrates each machine in upper plan form. The first scheme already displays on of the oddities applicable to this set, and that is the inclusion of a Lewis gun mounted over the top wing, in addition to the regular fuselage-mounted Vickers gun. The airscrew also has a small, rounded spinner fitted too. This machine, as with all other options on this set, is finished in a standard, overall PC10, with the lower surfaces in clear doped linen. There are strut and cowl variations in colour with all schemes, with this specific one wearing a blue cowl, with badly worn paint, displaying the aluminium beneath. Option 2 has a completey PC10 and CDL finish, including the cowl, but outer wing struts are fitted with streamers. The cowl itself, whilst shown in profile as complete, is also shown in section as having the lower portion cut away to aid engine cooling. I would perhaps opt for the latter, probably because I'm quite a fan of anything out of the ordinary. Option 3 has natural metal cowl panels and engine cowl to supplement the regular PC10/CDL scheme. This particular machine was recalled from European combat in order to counter Gotha raids. Having been unsuccessful generally, this machine, and presumably others, were returned to European combat, where this aircraft was badly damaged after being shot down. If you aren't great at weathering models, then Option 4 is probably designed for you. This machine was lost in combat after only 4 days active service, so certainly not enough time to sully that PC10 and CDL too much. Luckily, the pilot survived, became a POW, but eventually escaped to Switzerland. The cowl panels and engine cowl appear to have been painted grey. The last scheme, Option 5, is without doubt the most unusual bird of this set. A little more work will be needed here as this is, unusually, a Gnome Monosoupape-powered aircraft. You don't get one of these engines in your box, so unless you want to rob one from an Eindecker kit, you'll be best served by buying the Taurus kit for this engine. We reviewed this HERE. Now, you might just find that you'll need a custom cowl too, and thankfully, Pheon can supply one for you, or they can be bought from Brian Fawcett. This machine does look quite elegant with this cowl, so perhaps an option for you? This aircraft displays the South Wales Borderer's emblem, which was that of its pilot Lt. A.B.Garnon-Williams, and the machine sported polished forward cowl and engine panels. The Pheon instruction manual is always a delight, and this one is of course a little lighter than that which accompanied last week's 'Trainers and Pets' review, weighing in at a mere 6 pages. Rowan forgoes the usual historical passage in favour of pointing the modeller to the notes which are printed with the WNW kit itself. An explanation as to the best way to deploy your decals is also provided, including general colour notes. Each machine is given a number of descriptive paragraphs which highlight the basic machine history and deployment, plus the various colour options available. This is a relatively simple set, and some machine history is scant. The schemes supplied are: B2162, 66 Sqn RFC, Estrée-Blanche, 2/Lt. W.A. Pritt, France, September 1917 B1703, 66 Sqn RFC, Capt. J.O. Andrews, Vert Galand, France, June 1917 B1716, 46 Sqn RFC, 2/Lt. F.B. Barager, France, June 1917 A6194, 66 Sqn RFC, Capt. L.H. Smith, France May 1917 B1803, 113 HD Sqn, 2/Lt. A.B. Garnon-Williams, Throwley, England, August 1917 The decals This is a smaller sheet than I've seen since I began to review Pheon Decals sets, being A5 in size, as opposed to the usual A4. Printed by Fantasy Printshop, the decals are superbly thin, contain minimal carrier film, are solid in colour and in perfect register. The colours are also authentic and not at all too vivid. Roundels are printed with separate red centres too. There are actually roundels for only one machine, but of course, you can supplement these with the WNW decals, should you wish to build more than one of these schemes. If you prefer the way that Pheon have depicted their roundels and tail stripes, with regard to colour, then you can purchase additional roundel and stripe sets. The code is 32013a, and these sell for £4.50 per sheet. Conclusion Again, another classy set which has as much research fed into it as is possible with today's historical information. Rowan has picked some rather nice schemes which have provenance as to combat duties and pilot information, as well as being happy to challenge the modeller further with the inclusion of a Gnome Monosoupape powered machine. This would look particularly interesting on the model club stand, alongside regular Pup versions. Add to this a rather low cost for this set, and you're onto a winner. What is there not to like? Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample used here.
  12. 1:32 Sopwith Pup Trainers and 'Pets' of the RFC Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32015 Available from Pheon Decals for £17.50 Pheon Website: www.pheondecals.com Email for purchase. If you think of RFC machines as being solely combinations of PC10/12 with linen undersides, then this set from Pheon Decals should put paid to that illusion. Yes, I suppose most aircraft operated by the RFC and early RAF were indeed combinations of those colours, but it didn't stop a little experimentation and even humour appearing in some of those early aircraft. This set isn't a new release, but it is a re-print of a set which was very popular when first released in 2010. The only issue here is that Wingnut Wings was a company that was only a year old, so many modellers new to this genre since then, and since this set first went out of print, may well have been unfortunate enough to miss this. To that end, we're delighted that Pheon have agreed that we can trumpet this release to newer converts to WW1 aviation modeling. As the Pheon manual for this set sates, we won't go into the history of these machines here, but will point you towards the review we published for the RNAS Pup kit in these links. Absorb a little about the actual type, and our analysis of these releases. As with all Pheon Decals releases, this comes in a large zip-lock envelope with a printed cover sheet showing the schemes in a smaller format. The pack contains the various A4 sheets and large decal sheet within. These sets aren't insubstantial either. If you're used to aftermarket decal sets, as I am, then surely there can't be many manufacturers which add so much beautifully presented and informative material within. Inside the pack, there are FIVE fabulously glossy sheets which show the SEVEN schemes available within this pack, plus also a detail sheet which gives the various changes that need to applied to the kit in order to produce those schemes. An A4 decal sheet is the crowning glory, with of course one of the famously detailed Pheon manuals, containing 14pages of information. More on that soon, but let's look at the scheme sheets first. Rowan sure knows how to kick off the party. The first scheme up could be arrested for being too loud in a built-up area after 9pm. Seriously, this takes bright schemes to the extreme, in a strangely beautiful way. The Pup in question is actually dressed in patriotic red, white and blue bands, with red wings lined in blue trim, and the Union Flag being sported just to the rear of the engine cowl. The wheels hubs have spirals and one side, and a radiating pattern on the reverse. This aircraft commands attention. As it was probably a post-war machine, of course, it would have been under the auspices of the RAF, and it was actually a training machine operated from a flying school. The machine is also unarmed, leaving beautifully smooth lines to the fore of the cockpit, and with a windshield installed. The detail sheet does show that you'll need to create a small pointed spinner to attach to the red, white and blue airscrew. So taken am I with this scheme, that I'll build this one fairly soon. The spinner will be courtesy of Magic Sculp. With the exception of two machines, all the schemes supplied here are unarmed. One machine carries its single gun mounted on a bracket above the top wing. The additional detail sheet again shows this detail clearly. Options 2 and 3 are entirely black, with individual motifs, whilst both are liberally sprinkled with stars, supplied as separate decals here. Again, there are changes which will need to be applied to the base kit, including a curious luggage area to the rear of the pilot, on one machine. Some other local variations apply in colour, such as one machine having a doped linen finish on the underside, but all variations are clearly shown in detail form, and also on both the side profile and upper plan sheets which are included. Option 4 is a little more sober in appearance, but nonetheless attractive. Operating from Joyce Green , I was flown by James McCudden who fitted this machine with a Lewis gun over the top wing. A rather unusual streamlined windscreen was also fitted. Details supplied on the supplied data sheets. McCudden brought down a Gotha with this machine. The aircraft is painted in pale blue, with PC10 uppers. You'll need to source the Lewis from the RNAS Pup kit, or from the LVG C.VI kit which has a spare, although the latter kit is now sadly OOP. Option 5; This aircraft is finished in an aluminium dope scheme, and was fitted with strut streamers. Very attractive indeed. Option 6 is mostly white, with a red cowl. Again, a spinner will need to be made for this simple but very attractive option. Option 7 was an all blue Pup, with silver cowls. Rowan explains that the shade of blue is open to question due to the representation of blue from orthographic film. This gives the user a little freedom to tailor this to suit personal appeal, but Rowan does cite blue colour VB3 a strong possibility. Ultimately, if someone critiques your shade, ask them to provide you with proof-positive. As well as the large side profile sheets (with additional cutaway information), we are also given TWO glossy sheets which depict the Pup from above, to help with those all-important individual details. In addition to this, another glossy sheet provides you with another sheet which highlights the additional equipment added to the night fighter machines. The last sheet I already mentioned a few time here provides the modeller with other detail such as gun mounts, windshields, fuselage hatches, spinners and the luggage panel mentioned for one of the night fighter aircraft. The 14 page manual is simply superb. This starts with a little additional information about the non-standard Pup aircraft, and then explains the best way to apply these decals, as well as general colour notes, and tips on where you should/could weather your model. Each aircraft scheme is described in detail, from a little historic detail, so full blown explanations of the scheme, backed up with as much reference as Rowan can find. Of course, where there are uncertainties, Rowan mentions these too. Your model may need to be modified for a scheme. For this, you will be given written descriptions of these changes, backed up with the printed diagrams. Some schemes are a little involved, such as Option 1. Where this applies, a description of the best order of application is given, as well as notes of where trim lines fit. This is very comprehensive. In relation to Option 1, Rowan does say that a mistake was made on the decals. The intention was for the roundel location on the side fuselage panels to have a blank area in which to add the roundel. Applying this over the stripes may well mean that you can see the stripes through the white roundel areas. Two ways to fix this are to either cut out the roundel location from the side panel, or to add a white disc before the roundel. In respect to that, Pheon have produced a white background decal for the night fighter moon scheme so that this doesn't take on a grey hue. I can't see this on the sheet, so contact Pheon if this is your chosen scheme. The schemes are: D4077, Central Flying School, unknown pilot, date uncertain (possibly post-war) C305 189 (Night) Training Squadron, Sutton's Farm, 1918 C312 189 (Night) Training Squadron, Sutton's Farm, 1918 A7311, Joyce Green, James MuCudden, July 1917 C354, Hainault Farm, unit and pilot unknown, date uncertain, 1918 – early 1919 C374, no history known D4073, CFS Upavon, pilot unknown and date uncertain The decals: All these schemes are presented on a single A4 sheet, superbly printed by Fantasy Printshop. Printing is beautifully thin, crisp and entirely in register. The decals aren't numbered, but it's obvious what applies to each specific scheme. Whilst decals aren't numbered, there are a few trim lines which are given a letter identifier. These trims apply to tailplane and wings. This sheet also includes a number of national markings, again meaning that you can certainly build more than one scheme from this set, comfortably. In fact, without counting every decal, I venture you can pretty much build them all. Roundels with white inners have their red centres printed separately, and the whites also aren't vivid, meaning no having to tone them down. No stencils exist here, so you will need to use them from the excellent ones provided in the kit. The most laborious job will be adding the stars to the night schemes, but ultimately, very rewarding. Conclusion I am so pleased to have this opportunity to see this earlier release from Pheon, and nothing here disappoints. The schemes are intelligently chosen, and their reference as complete as you can find. The decal break-down is also very, very good, despite the need to remove the roundel position from the Option 1 fuselage decals. This set probably represents the most outlandish paint-jobs that ever adorned the RFC Pup, and will surely signify a spike in sales of the kit for WNW. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample.
  13. 1:32 Hannover CL.II Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32042 Available from Pheon Decals for £15.00 This is the second set of decals from Pheon that we have been lucky enough to receive for review. We recently published an article for the Sopwith Snipe RAF Post-War set, and were impressed by the subject choice, decal quality and overall package, including reference material. Apart from this new Hannover CL.II set, I don't recall seeing any other aftermarket decal set specifically for this kit, so this was one I was always going to look forward to seeing. Pheon's decal sets are quite substantial in the reference and colour profile material included, and this is no exception. Packaged into a large zip-lock wallet, this set contains decals for no less than TWELVE schemes, and again, Pheon have chosen to be as diverse as it possible with regard to the ones they have chosen. The front cover of the package is illustrated by a regular, colour A4 sheet, showing all the schemes in miniature profile. It's when you open the wallet and see that Pheon have included FOUR sheets of glossy profile, sectional and wing plan detail, that you really get a feel for the particular subjects. The aircraft chosen include a number of Bavarian Schlasta units, as well as regular Schusta and Schlasta units, plus a single machine from a post-Armistice Polish Air Service unit. When you consider the process that needs to be used to determine colour identity, you'll understand that in a few cases, it isn't simple to say that a specific emblem or serial was painted in a particular colour. Generally, the science employed behind deducing the colour from black and white orthographic images can be pretty accurate. Where it isn't, then of course that can cause accuracy issues with knowing the colour of some machine details. Two such schemes are included here, and where the uncertainty lies, Pheon have included extra decals in the colours most likely to be of that specific conversion. The first machine, a Hannover CL.II from an unknown unit, carries a personal emblem of a man throwing an object. Pheon have deduced that this contains either yellow or grey shading. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide. Unless there is as yet unknown evidence of such detail lying in diaries or service notes, or indeed you can time travel, then these small details are left up to your own personal taste. The same applies to the aircraft number for the third choice, and the actual paint scheme colours on the Polish machine. Whilst some may baulk at building a subject where an element of accuracy is not quite determined, for me, this is manna from heaven, allowing me to use something more to my own taste. The Polish machine is certainly a point in case. Pheon's instruction manual/reference guide is every bit as good as the one we reviewed with the Snipe decal release. This is an A5, 10 page booklet which opens with an explanation of the units (Schlastas and Schustas) to which these machines were assigned, and the differences between them with regards to operational duty. Along with this, the evolution of the CL types is described. CL, of which 'L' in 'Cl' stands for leicht, or 'light', in direct translation. A table of both Halberstadt and Hannover types, and their chronology of servive life is also given. Following on from this is a potted history of the Hannover CL.II itself, being produced by a company which was more known for manufacturing railway rolling stock. Hannover used their skills to licence build aircraft from other companies, but realized it was a more profitable venture to design and build their own types, and with the appointment of a senior designer from DFW, they finally achieved this. A few lines on development are given, as well as a more comprehensive description about the rather poor Argus As.III engine which was used. The engine itself limited the Hannover to the duties to which it was primarily designed, and in fact, served rather well until the front line began to retract for the Germans. As well as a general section on applying decals, and some notes on colour, each machine is listed in turn, with a few notes relating to scheme marking and paint application for areas such as the forward nose cowl. Sources are also given, should you wish to research further. The machines depicted in this release are: Hannover CL.II, 13080/17, unit unknown Hannover CL.II, serial unknown, Schlasta 12, March 1918 Hannover CL.II, 9338/17, Schlasta 24b, Sgt. Zitzelsberger & Vzfw. Müller, Erchin, March 1918 Hannover CL.II, 9390/17, Schusta 30b, Inchy, March 1918 Hannover CL.II, 13282/17, Schlasta 31b, Vzfw. Peez & Gefr. Lang, May 1918 Hannover CL.II, 132?2/17, Schlasta 16, Linselles, May 1918 Hannover CL.II, 9387/17, Schusta 19, Tourmignies, December 1917 Hannover CL.II, serial unknown, Schusta 27b, Bertry, December 1917 Hannover CL.II, 9301/17, Schusta 12, Flg. Karl Romann & Vzfw. Georg Winkler, Wyngehene, January 1918 Hannover CL.II, 13181/17, Fl.Abt (A) 226, Vzfw. Willy Engler & Ltn. Alfred Kuerman Hannover CL.II, 13253/17, Schlasta 34, Dury, May 1918 Hannover CL.II, Polish Air Service, May 1919 A single, large A4 decal sheet contains everything you'll need to complete any one of the schemes supplied, and because there us a reliance, to a larger degree, in using the kit balkenkreuz (with a couple of exceptions), then you could use this sheet to build virtually all of these machines, if you're lucky enough to have a few Hannovers in stash. The decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and are both superbly thin and in perfect register. Carrier film is minimal, and colour is both solid and authentic, with no overly vivid colour. Decals aren't numbered per location, but those required for a specific machine are grouped together to make them easy to find. Conclusion The problem with this set, as with the Snipe, is that I really want to build more than one kit! The whole package itself can't be criticized. Pheon tend to give more to their customers with regard to information and presentation, than most decal manufacturers supply, and if you want decals which are properly researched, then Rowan and Sabine's releases are pretty hard to beat. As with a number of options with the Wingnut Wings kit, you'll need to provide your own solution for the fuselage lozenge pattern. That might limit your choice a little depending on your skill-set. However, we can't blame Pheon for the German choice of paint-job! Very highly recommended James H Thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample used here. 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  14. 1:32 Sopwith Snipe Post-War RAF Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32043 Available from Pheon Decals for £15.00 Pheon Decals, whilst not a new name on the scene, certainly are new with regards to their products appearing on Scale Plastic & Rail/Large Scale Modeller. For Pheon's debut here, they have sent two sets from their new 1:32 releases, and today we publish the first of these, concerning the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe 'Late' release, which we reviewed here. I'd heard some great things about Pheon, and indeed seen a number of models finished with their decals, so I was quite excited to see the decal quality and presentation that has now become synonymous with their releases, for myself. There's no doubt that this slightly larger than A4 size ziplock wallet is quite hefty with content, unlike most 1:32 decal releases, so without any further ado, let's take a look inside and see what you get for your money. This Sopwith Snipe Post-War RAF set has options for no less than ELEVEN schemes; all of which are based on the classic post-war silver dope finish. If the usual post-war chequer-board schemes are a little run of the mill for you, but you still want your model to have that attractive doped aluminium appearance, then Pheon have researched and presented some both varied and unusual options which are undoubtedly going to appeal to silver wing fans. Before I open this set, Pheon has attached a note to the package which states that a serial number for one of the schemes has been inadvertently omitted from the sheet, but will be forwarded on to the customer as soon as they arrive back from the printers. We'll certainly not let that spoil our enjoyment here, as we see exactly what's on offer. A colour-printed A4 insert is used as the cover sheet for this set, with all eleven profiles being printed in small scale for quick reference. Inside the package, a further THREE sheets present these profiles, but printed in a larger scale, and in full colour on high grade, glossy photographic quality paper. This is something I have never seen before, and I have definitely not seen profiles produced to this standard, with perhaps the exception of the Ronny Bar profiles which accompany the Wingnut Wings decal sets. Along with the port side profiles, a number of wing plans are given which aid the positions of various bars and panels, as well as any other decal placement. The profile sheets have no notation on them which refer to either decal number identification or machine history. With this set, decal numbering isn't used as it's pretty obvious where the individual decals need to be placed, and the profiles are to such as high standard that you can easily follow panel and wing rib locations to ensure that you place your decal precisely. As for the machine histories and reference material, here I find something else which I have never seen outside of Pheon Decals, namely an instruction manual totaling 12 pages! This is printed on regular A4 paper, folded into an A5 format. The first three pages relate to the history of the Sopwith Snipe, through its development and wartime service. Reference to the failed Dragonfly radial engine which caused a number purpose designed aircraft projects to be shelved, is mentioned. The stop-gap Snipe saw service beyond its intended life, and into the post-war period. Pheon have thoughtfully included an extensive list of the reference material they have used for the development of this decal set, with acknowledgements too. It seems Rowan wants to see a WNW Gloster Grebe. I have to concur that that would certainly be a welcome addition. Hopefully Richard Alexander is reading this, or indeed the Pheon booklet. Each numbered scheme has some notation printed too, including colour and marking information detail, and any other relevant notes, plus a little history. These aren't comprehensive histories of the machine by plane and pilot, but serve as useful reference for the individual aircraft's markings. Accompanying this section are a number of colour walkaround images and also some period images of the Snipe. A couple of colour Grebe profiles are thrown in for good measure too, just in case Richard is indeed looking in. There is a little notation included for the rationale behind printing the cockade centers' as separate decals, as well as general information on applying the decals. Setting solutions aren't recommended, but MicroSol Blue is suggested in order to allow the decal to float properly until it is finally positioned. The schemes included in this release are: E6655, "B" Flight, 1 Sqn, Hinaidi, Iraq, 1925. P/O Dermot Boyle E6942, "A" Flight, No.3(F) Sqn, RAF Manston, 1924 F2441, 111 Sqn, Duxford, 1924 F2408, 23 Sqn, Henlow 1925/6 E6268, 32 Sqn, Kenley, 1924 F2527, 111 Sqn, "A" Flight Commander, Duxford, 1924 E7538, 19 Sqn, Duxford, December, 1924 E8358 "Bonzo", No.1 School of Technical Training (No.1 SofTT), RAF Halton, 1923 E7528, 25(F) Sqn, San Stefano, Constantinople during the Chanak Crisis, September, 1922 E6825, 41 Sqn, Northolt, 1923 E7423, 25(F) Sqn, Hawkinge, 1923/4 The decals A single sheet of decals are included, roughly A4 in size. Printed by Fantasy Printshop, the sheet includes the majority of national markings (both individual and as part of fuselage décor), serials and personal machine markings for 'Bonzo'. Fuselage tail bands are included as well as vertical fin markings for E6268. You will of course need to use a number of standard decals from the Wingnut Wings sheet, to complement those on this release. Where there are similar decals for both port and starboard, these 'handed' decals are signified by a 'L and 'Rt' symbol (left and right). The various decals are tightly packed onto this sheet, with only the serial numbers being given an identifying number for the machine, and included within their own print box. The decals are superbly printed, beautifully thin, and with minimal carrier film. Having used decal setting solutions with Fantasy Printshop products, I can concur that MicroSol Blue does work very well on them. If you do plan to use any other solutions, use a test decal on some scrap plastic first. Registration is perfect and the inked edges are sharp. Conclusion It is true that you really have to look around to find silver-doped schemes that have some individuality to them, but I think this is just what Pheon have succeeded in doing here with this superb array of 11 varied machines. There are probably two or three of these that I would like to build myself, and combined with the informative instruction booklet and excellent glossy colour profiles, this seems more of a complete package than I would otherwise expect to see. As I said, this is a first time for me looking at Pheon Decals, and now I know exactly what I've been missing. Very highly recommended James H Our sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review sample used here. To purchase directly, click THIS link. (Note, website will be fully active soon, so please contact Pheon via the details on their site)
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