Camouflage & Decals Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||October 2010||Title||Camouflage & Decals|
|Author||-||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||16 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£12.99 ($23.00 USD)|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. Their books are printed in Sandomierz Poland by their associate Stratus Publications in the English language. Stratus also does books in the Polish language too.
In collaboration with Techmod decals, MMP/Stratus announces the first release in a new product line. “Camouflage & Decals no. 1” comprises a reference booklet of 16 pages, plus a sheet of high quality 1/32nd scale decals from Techmod, covering three fighter aircraft flown by Polish pilots in the Battle of France. These are:
- Caudron CR.714 c/n 8584 (I-242), GC 1/145
- Morane-Saulnier MS.406 no. 907 (L-936), DIAP Lyon
- Curtis Hawk H-75A-2 no. 125 (U-025), GC 1/5
The booklet is in soft cover of large 13 ½” x 9 ½” page format. It is shrink-wrapped and the decal sheet is inside packaged in a zip-locked cello bag.
There is also a sheet showing the color boxarts of kits that MPM markets of the Special Hobby and Azur brands that these decals are designed to go on as alternates. There is to be a forthcoming duplicate booklet of these same decals, but in 1/48th scale.
For the Caudron CR. 714 there are 10 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. As well as 4-view color illustrustrations of it, including color chips. The markings and color of it are further discussed in the text.
For the Morane-Sulnier MS.406 there are 2 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. As well as 4-view color illustrations of it, including color chips. It too has the markings and color discussed in the text.
Finally, the Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2 has 9 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. It too has a 4-view color illustrations, a color illustration of a squadron badge, the color chips and text discribing things.
The decals are very well printed and in register.