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Spitfire Decals

Victory Productions 1/48 Spitfire - Aces of the Empire Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2003 Manufacturer Victory Productions
Subject Spitfire - Aces of the Empire Scale 1/48
Set Number VPD48006 Pros Markings for 40 Spitfires
Cons   Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $24.95    

First Look

Victory Productions has released another interesting decal collection. This set covers the a wide range of Supermarine Spitfires from different periods and theaters during World War II. In all, there are forty (40!!!) different aircraft to choose from. These decal options are presented on a full-color set of profiles (two pages) and a data sheet for specific airframe reference data. Two sheets of decals are included, both of which are 9" x 12". The first sheet contains most of the unique aircraft markings, whilst the second sheet has the remaining unique aircraft markings and an ample supply national markings and maintenance stencils.

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You're going to need a production line if quarter scale Spitfires to accommodate this set. Here is the line-up:

  • Spifire Mk.I, FZ-L, K9906, 65 Sqn RAF Hornchurch, FO Robert Stanford Tuck, May 1939
  • Spitfire Mk.I, KL-N, N3173, 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch, PO Colin Gray, May 1940
  • Spitfire Mk.I, KL-T, R6893, 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch, PO Colin Gray, Summer 1940
  • Spitfire Mk.I, ZP-A, K9953, 74 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch, Flt Lt Adolph 'Sailor' Malan
  • Spitfire Mk.I, GR-P, N3249, 92 Sqn, RAF Pembry, Flt Lt Robert Stanford Tuck, May 1940
  • Spitfire Mk.IIa, D-B, P7966, Tangmere Wing, Wing Cdr Douglas Bader, Summer 1941
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, T-L, EP706, 249 Sqn, Malta, FO George 'Buzz' Beurling, Summer 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, QJ-R, ER220, 92 Sqn, Libya, Flt Lt Neville Duke, January 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, QJ-R, ER821, 92 Sqn, Libya, Flt Lt Neville Duke, March 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, JU-H, W3848, 111 Sqn, RAF Debden, Flt Sgt Peter Durnford, December 1941
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, UD-W, AB852, 452 Sqn, Kirto-on-Lindsay, Flt Lt Brendan 'Paddy' Finucane, September 1941
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, IR-G, AB502, 244 Wing, Gabourine South, Tunisia, Wing Cdr Ian R. Gleed, April 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, YQ-A, unk, 616 Sqn, Kings Cliff, Sqn Ldr Colin Gray, January 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, YQ-C, W3457, 616 Sqn, Kings Cliff, FO James Edgar 'Johnnie' Johnson, August 1941
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, DW-B, EP251, 610 Sqn, Dieppe, Sqn Ldr James Edgar 'Johnnie' Johnson, August 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, FY-E, W3257, 611 Sqn, Hornchurch, Flt Lt Eric Lock, August 1941
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, GL-J, BR321, 185 Sqn, Malta, FO Johnny Plagis, Summer 1942
  • Spitfire LF.Vb, SH-B, BL374, 64 Sqn, Flt Lt Johnny Plagis, November 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, QJ-J, W3312, 92 Sqn, Biggin Hill, Sqn Ldr James Rankin, 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vb, RS-T, BL336, Biggin Hill Wing, Wing Cdr Robert Stanford Tuck, January 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vc, UF-S, BR301, 249 Sqn, Malta, FO George 'Buzz' Beurling, July 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.Vc, CR-C, JL394, 1 Wing, RAAF Darwin, Wing Cdr Clive Caldwell, August 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vc, T-N, EP289, 249 Sqn, Malta, Sqn Ldr Joseph Lynch, April 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.Vc, SN-A, JK715, 243 Sqn, Malta, FO Evan Mackie, June 1943
  • 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, EE201, 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
  • Spitfire Mk.XII, EB-B, MB882, 41 Sqn, Friston, Flt Lt Donald Smith, 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.XII, DL-K, EN625, 91 Sqn, Hawkinge, Sqn Ldr Raymond Harries, May 1943
  • Spitfire Mk.XIV, CG, RM787, Lympne Wing, Wing Cdg Colin Gray, September 1944

This set is very impressive and my sample is in perfect register. This is definitely a set to get your hands on and dust off those Hasegawa, Tamiya, Airfix and/or ICM Spitfires.

Victory Productions Decals are available from Stevens International, Sentai Distributors, 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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