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Max Decals 1/48 Irish Air Corps Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2007 Manufacturer Max Decals
Subject Irish Air Corps Scale 1/72, 1/48, 1/35
Set Number 4814 Pros Excellent colorful alternative markings for the Classic Airframes Anson
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (BP) £7.00 (Approx $14.00 USD)

First Look

This interesting release just arrived in the mailbox today. From Max Decals in Ireland, set number 4814 covers three versions of the Avro Anson Mk.I in Irish Air Corps service. This set is intended for two of the Classic Airframes' 1/48 Avro Anson releases - 4119 and 4122. This set isn't limited to the Anson nor 1/48 scale either. There's a little for everyone here.

Anson Anson

The subjects covered here are:

  • Anson Mk.I, 21, Irish Air Corps, 1939, kit 4122
  • Anson Mk.I, 41, Irish Air Corps, 1944, kit 4119
  • Anson Mk.I, 44, Irish Air Corps, 1945, kit 4119

The decal set also provides markings for Roden's 1/48 DH.9 kit to depict two Irish Air Corps examples.

In addition, the kit also provides modern Irish Air Corps markings for EC-135 number 270 in 1/72 and 1/32 scale, both targeted for the Revell/Germany kits.

One note on these decals, if you're not familiar with Max Decals (and I confess that I wasn't prior to this), these decals are not ALPS-generated markings. These are standard waterslide decals that have the clear carrier film slightly larger than the printed images, just like your average Cutting Edge or Aeromaster decal sheet. The printing is top-notch and I really like the different colorful alternatives to the otherwise routine RAF wartime schemes and drab silver post-war schemes.

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

My sincere thanks to Max Decals for this review sample!