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Lend Lease Heroes

Empire City Decals 1/48 Lend Lease Heroes Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2009 Manufacturer Empire City Decals
Subject Lend Lease Heroes Scale 1/48
Set Number 4810 Pros Eight distinctive Soviet Air Force subjects, excellent price
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $14.00

First Look

Empire City Decals continues to turn out some interesting subjects and this latest one is one of my favorites so far! This set covers a cross-section of US and British aircraft that were 'loaned' to the Soviet Air Force under the 'lend-lease' program. This set provides eight distinctive subjects which include:

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  • P-39N, White 2, 129 GIAP/205 IAD/7 IAK, Eastern Front, 1945, Za Rodinu (For the Motherland)
  • P-39D, White 95, 2 GSAP, Eastern Front, 1942
  • Spitfire Mk.V, White 538 (EP210), 57 GIAP, Kuban Region, 1943
  • Hurricane Mk.II, White 14, Northern Fleet, 1942
  • P-40N, White 8, 2 GIAP, Northern Fleet, 1943, Za Safonova (For Safonov)
  • Hurricane Mk.II, BE421, (Learn to Defeat the Snake Like Safonov)
  • B-25D, Red 85, 251 GBAP/15 GBAD/18 VA, Hungary, 1945, Za Krov' Vitebska (For the Blood of Vitebsk)
  • A-20G, White 3 (42-54258), Lvov, Ukraine, 1944

These decals are printed sharp, clear, and in perfect register. These are printed by AviPrint and I am very pleased with the quality of these markings.

This set is quite a bargain considering you can build all eight aircraft depicted in this set as all required markings are provided here. If you have a few of these subjects in your stash and you'd like a different combat color scheme on these, try this lend-lease set and add some VVS (Soviet Air Force) to your scale flightline.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Empire City Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Empire City Decals for this review sample!