French Air Force Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Dauntless, Grumman F6

Published: January 21st, 2011     
Packaging artwork
Packaging artwork
Reviewed by: 
Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: PT Decals
Price: $19.56
Product / Stock #: PT3202

This decal provides markings for several different aircraft used by the Aeronaval/L’Armee de L’Air in the years following World War Two. Included are markings for two P-39's used in Algeria in 1945, a captured Fieseler 156 C Storch, two Grumman F6F Hellcats, an SBD-5, an Fw190-A5 and a Dewoitine D.520. The decals are very colorful and in perfect registry.

I just had to see these decals on a model so I have built an old Hasegawa 1/32 scale Fw190-A as a test bed. The model was built and painted to represent an aircraft captured at the end of the war and pressed in to service in 1946. The model was initially painted in the RLM 74, 75, 76 scheme common to Fw190’s. Then a very thin layer of Humbrol RLM 71 was sprayed over the upper surface colors leaving the camouflage pattern slightly visible. Then before the RLM 71 had time to dry I soaked a cotton cloth with Denatured Alcohol and rubbed the upper surfaces in the direction of the airflow to give it worn and weathered appearance.

The decals went down flawlessly using the Micro Scale system; pulling down over the rivet detail, (yes rivet detail, remember this is a 1960’s or 70’s model), and looking as if they are painted on.

I can honestly recommend this decal to model builders of all ages and experience level.

I would like to thank Dutch Profile Publications for providing the decal to IPMS/USA and IPMS for allowing me to test it and review it for you. You can visit their web site at www.dutchprofile.nl.

Dutch Profile Publications publish a line of books and decals for Camouflage and markings of aircraft of the Dutch Forces as can be seen in the accompanying photo of the flyer included with the decals.

  • Included aircraft markings
    Included aircraft markings
  • Decal sheet
    Decal sheet
  • Decal snuggled down
    Decal snuggled down
  • Sample finished aircraft
    Sample finished aircraft
  • Close-up
    Close-up
  • Sample finished aircraft top view
    Sample finished aircraft top view