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Stalin's Sky

AML 1/48 Americans in Stalin's Sky Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2006 Manufacturer AML
Subject Americans in Stalin's Sky Scale 1/48
Set Number 48020 Pros Four distinctive color schemes including two aces
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Just in time for the Hasegawa Airacobras, AML has released one of at least three parts of markings for US lend-lease aircraft sent to the USSR. I've never had the opportunity to see AML decals up-close before, but after seeing these, it won't be the last! These are very nicely printed decals that are not reliant on applying multiple layers to render a marking as many US makers are doing these days.

The print quality is excellent and high resolution.

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Four aircraft are rendered on this sheet. These are:

  • P-47D-10-RE, 42-75202, NII VVS, Moscow, 1944, "Sovereign Senators K of P"
  • Mustang Mk.I, AG348, Silver 33, NII VVS, Moscow, 1942
  • Airacobra Mk.I, AH636, 19 GIAP, Karelian Front, 1942
  • P-39N, serial unk, Silver 40, 69 GIAP, 1945

In addition, the decal set also comes with a fret of photo-etch containing two sets of seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. Nice touch!

Here are some nice markings for any of the 1/48 P-39s, and also some distinctive markigns for the Razorback Thunderbolt of your choice and even an Allison-powered Mustang from Accurate Miniatures!