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Fighters over China

Empire City Decals 1/72 Fighters over China Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2009 Manufacturer Empire City Decals
Subject Fighters over China Scale 1/72
Set Number 7209 Pros Nine distinctive fighters
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $14.00

First Look

Empire City Decals has returned with nine distictive Chinese, Japanese, and Soviet fighter aircraft that took part in the early part of the war over China. Unlike some of their early releases however, these decals are not Alps-printed, they are waterslide decals printed by AviPrint of the Czech Republic.

Fighters over China Fighters over China

The nine aircraft featured in this set include:

  • Gladiator, 2909, 29 FS, Chinese AF, 1938
  • Hs 123A-1, 1506, 15 FS, Chinese AF, 1938
  • Ki-27, 2 Sentai/11 Chutai, IJA, 1939
  • I-153, Red 29, 56 IAP, Soviet AF, 1939
  • I-153, Red 11, 56 IAP, Soviet AF, 1939
  • I-16 Type 10, Red 5, 56 IAP, Soviet AF, 1939
  • I-16 Type 10, White 2, 70 IAP, Soviet AF, 1939
  • I-16 Type 10, White 7, unknown, Soviet AF, 1939
  • Ki-10II, 72 Chutai, 2 HikoDaitai, IJA, 1938

The decals are printed sharp, clear, and in perfect register. Plus it appears that there are sufficient markings on the sheet to do all nine aircraft with this one set. Nice!

These will provide some interesting subjects for the 1/72 WWII aviation modeler. Definitely recomended!

For more information about this set and the other releases from Empire City Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Empire City Decals for this review sample!


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