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Spitfire Decals

Victory Productions 1/32 Spitfire - Aces of the Empire Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2010 Manufacturer Victory Productions
Subject Spitfire - Aces of the Empire Scale 1/32
Set Number VPD32003 Pros Markings for 14 Spitfires
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $24.95    

First Look

Victory Productions released a 1/32nd scale subset of their original 1/48th scale Spitfire masterpiece (look here). This set covers the 14 aircraft out of the original release that pertain to the Mk.VIII and Mk.IX Spitfires. As before, the printing is well-done and you have sufficient markings for one RAF and one RAAF example, but if you can scrounge up roundels from outher sources, you can replicate virtually all 14 of these aircraft.

Spitfire Spitfire

This release is set up for the new Tamiya 1/32nd scale Spitfires and there are some really nice choices here:

  • Spitfire Mk.VII, PB, MD188, Culmhead Wing, Wing Cdr Peter Brothers, June 1944
  • Spitfire Mk.VII, PB, MD188, Culmhead Wing, Wing Cdr Peter Brothers, June 1944
  • Spitfire Mk.VIII, CR-C, A58-484, 452 Sqn RAAF, Morotal, Gp Capt Clive Caldwell, 1945
  • Spitfire Mk.VIII, RG-V, A58-602, 457 Sqn RAAF, Morotal, Wing Cdr Robert 'Bobby' Gibbes, 1945
  • Spitfire Mk.IXb, JE-J, EN398, Kenly Wing, Wing Cdr JE 'Johnnie' Johnson, summer 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, KH-B, MA585, 403 Sqn RCAF, Flt Lt George 'Buzz' Beurling, September 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, VZ-B, MH883, 412 Sqn RCAF, Flt Lt George 'Buzz' Beurling, December 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, PK-E, BS410, 315 Sqn (Polish), Northolt, Capt Frances 'Gabby' Gabreski, January 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, FL-A, EN520, 81 Sqn, Tunisia, Sqn Ldr Colin Gray, April 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, CG, MA408, 322 Wing, Sicily, Wing Cdr Colin Gray, July 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.IXe, JE-J, MK392, 144 Wing, Wing Cdr JE 'Johnnie' Johnson, summer 1944
  • Spitfire Mk.IXe, JE-J, MK392, 127 Wing, Wing Cdr JE 'Johnnie' Johnson, January 1945
  • Spitfire LF.IXe, DB-G, RR201, 411 Sqn, Holland, Flt Lt Richard 'Dick' Audet, December 1944
  • Spitfire Mk.IXe, JE-J 'JR', MK392, 144 Wing, Wing Cdr JE 'Johnnie' Johnson, summer 1944

This set is very impressive and my sample is in perfect register. This is definitely a set to get your hands on and build a few of those nice Tamiya kits.

Victory Productions Decals are available from Stevens International, Skygrid, Hannants, Beaver Corporation (Japan), Airdoc (Germany), Snowy Mountain Models (Australia), and of course directly from Victory Productions (www.victorymodels.com).

My sincere thanks to Victory Productions for this review sample!

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