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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 48021 Pros Five 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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Five aircraft are rendered on this sheet. These are:

  • P-47D-27-RE, 42-27062, delivery markings to the USSR
  • P-47D-27-RE, 42-27023, Silver 23, 255 IAP, Northern Fleet, 1945
  • P-47D-27-RE, serial unk, White 39, 255 IAP, Northern Fleet, 1945
  • P-39N, serial unk, White 21, 69 GIAP, 1945
  • P-39N, serial unk, 25 IAP, Northern Fleet, 1943

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