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BarracudaCals 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2009 Manufacturer BarracudaCals
Subject Spitfire Mk.IX Part 1 Scale 1/72
Set Number 72004 Pros Nice selection of subjects; bonus 1/144 decals of same subjects included
Cons Roundels requirer user to place the red dot separately Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $11.95

First Look

BarracudaCals has returned with their next installment in their 1/72 scale aircraft series with this nice selection of Spitfire Mk.IX series aircraft. The set also provides these same subjects in 1/144 scale as well. This set provides an interesting cross-section of subjects:

Spitfire Spitfire Spitfire

  • Spitfire HF.VII, MD111, 131 Sqn, NX-O, 1944
  • Spitfire HF.VII, MB820, 124 Sqn, ON-E, 1943, as flown by F/O Barrit
  • Spitfire FR.IX, MK716, 16 Sqn, X, 1944
  • Spitfire Mk.IXc, MH883, 412 Sqn (RCAF), VZ-B, 1944, as flown by F/L George 'Buzz' Beurling

The sheets are printed by Cartograf and are very sharp as well as in-register. The sheet comes with a nice set of maintenance stencils and good instructions on where everything goes. The instructions indicate that these markings are intended for the Hasegawa, Airfix, or CMK Resin Mk.IX kits in 1/72 scale. The only glitch in this set is the requirement for you to place the red dot onto the multi-colored roundels as a separate decal rather than having the decals pre-registered for you as a single decal.

My sincere thanks to BarracudaCals Decals for this preview!