Decal Sheet Review: VVS Fighters, Part
In our forthcoming decal sheet review series,
we'll seek to highlight and critique some of the currently available-- and long
past issue-- VVS decal sheets. This appears to be the first (that we know of)
decal sheet released by MPD dedicated to VVS aircraft.
[All decal sheet scans have been deliberately
skewed and distorted at random angles to dissuade illegal reproduction or Copyright
infringement by any such parties. The precise line and measurement of any specific
marking, therefore, should not be taken literally from these illustrations.]
MPD Sheet No. 72012
"Spitfire, P-40, P-51 Mustang in USSR"
This is an awesome sheet. There are five separate P-40s (one 'E', one 'M',
one 'B', one 'N' and one "P-40"), one P-51 (a Mustang Mk.I - the only
Mustang delivered to the VVS) and five Spitfires (two Mk.VBs, two Mk.IXEs and
one LF IX "UTI"). All decals are sharp, in register and there are
enough decals for each and every aircraft - no sharing of stars on this sheet.
Please note the following sent by Volker Beyer:
"I have discovered an error in this sheet - with some help of Carl Geust.
The colors of the white 50 - P-40E of Pokryshev in the sheet are wrong. The
colors are taken from Red Stars 4 color Profile. But the color Profile in RS4
was a copy of an old one - without correcting Colors. I've added scan of the
original color Profile in the Russian aviation historical journal As no 1/1991.
There you can read the Colors DG and DE over S - or dark green and dark earth
over sky. In fact this plane was build in US for GB - so it will be the FS-equivalent
of the British colors."
This is a very impressive decal sheet and is highly recommended.
The following comments come from István Vadász:
- P-40E "50"
This plane is very likely DG-DE with Sky Grey or perhaps Sky undersurfaces.
It was made in the US and was shipped in the early years to GB and according
to my recent knowledge the British colours were introduced to the American
colour list in 1943.
This is why I think the erly planes like P-39, Hudson, P-40 had Dark Earth-Medium
Green, Sky Grey coloured camo.
There may be exceptions like P-39s that were repainted Dark Green/Dark Sea
Perhaps that is why there is Sky or Grey can be seen in different publications.
- P-40M "47"
The color callouts are quite out of standard but I have seen some unique things
so far. The pattern makes the above mentioned camo probable. The shape of
the sharkmouth reminds those were used in Africa. If we suppose it believeable
than it can be Dark Earth-Midle Stone-Azur Blue(???). Let us see the photo!
- P-40B "58"
The well known plane with new colours!
I wonder whether the Russians repainted it by their own colours. I do not
- P-40N "8"
I personaly do not know the original photo of this plane so I can only talk
about the profile in Red Stars 4". I think the real colours are
- P-40K UTI
It did not turn out for me if it is an original factory version or a Russian
rebuild. It is not clear either if it is an UTI version or a photo-recce one.
That is why I do not express any opinion.
- Spit PR.IV "01"
According to the pictures the plane is one colour PRU Blue, the spinner as
well. It is worth examining the picture in Red Stars 4" since the
national insignia is NOT seen on upper wings!
- Spit Vb. "538"
In spite of the colour callout the plane is probably Dark Green/ Dark Sea
Grey/Medium Ocean Grey. The Sky undersurfarce seems unlikely however the spinner
and the fuselage band may have been. This resembles the standards more.
- Spit IX E. "78"
The Sky undersurface is unlikely. The normal" wing, NOT LF is good
according to the pictures! Although these pictures are hard to construe.
- Spit IX "2"
I have seen only one far-away picture about this plane but it seems to be
good, except for the Sky undersurface which is rather AMT-7.
- Spit IX UTI
According to the pictures this plane was one colour Green perhaps AMT-4.
- Mustang Mk. I
I do not dare to express an opinion both DG/DE and DG/Dark Sea Grey are conceivable.
As far as I know three Mustangs came to the VVS and they were sent to the
Kalinin front for testing. One of the pilots was Popkov.
In spite of these it is worth buying this sheet, because the printing quality
and the accuracy of the markings are good.