Three identical sheets in the following scales: 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32
Prices around: 7.50, 8.80 and 10.00 GBP respectively
Review by: Geoff Coughlin (Oct 2011)
Our thanks to Kagero for supplying our review samples.
These three decal sheets plus full colour reference booklet are amongst the first batch we have received for review from Kagero and what a debut!
Pacific Mustangs Part 1 – Red Series (Limited Edition)
I’ve not seen this series by this manufacturer before, but the decal sheet comes in a well packed full colour booklet that is truly inspirational. Let’s start on the outside and just look at that artwork; highly impressive.
You can just feel the acceleration Lt. Ralph S. Gardner is getting from his mount, P-51D Mustang – “Fighting Lady”. Doubtless you’ll want to explore the Kagero website and see all the other subjects and possibilities on offer – I have and thoroughly recommend you taking a few minutes to have a look for yourself.
High Quality Profiles
Wow! Such quality. You cannot help but instantly notice the sheer quality of the artwork and colour all-aspect profiles, which are included for each featured subject. The realism is genuinely breathtaking and will definitely help you add some subtle and appropriate weathering to your P-51D model.
The subjects covered are excellent and different; I don’t remember seeing the green aft section markings on a P-51 for a long time. If you’ve recently bought the superb Tamiya 1:32 P-51D then this set of markings could provide you with a show-stopper!
- P-51D-25-NA 44-72671 Flown by 2nd Lt. William Saks, 457th FS, 506th FG, based at North Field, Iwo Jima, June 1945 “The Enchantress”. Standard natural metal finish with ANA 613 Olive Drab anti-glare panel. The squadron markings consisted of painting the fin, rear fuselage and horizontal stabilizers all over in green (very possibly ANA 503 Willow Green). Note the rudder and stabilizer control surfaces remained ‘silver’.
- P-51D-25-NA 44-72570 Flown by Lt. Ralph S Gardner and 2nd Lt. Chester Jatczak, 457th FS, 506th FG, based at North Field, Iwo Jima, 1945 “Fighting Lady”. Standard natural metal finish with ANA 613 Olive Drab anti-glare panel. The squadron markings consisted of painting the fin, rear fuselage and horizontal stabilizers all over in green (very possibly ANA 503 Willow Green). Note the rudder and stabilizer control surfaces remained ‘silver’.
- F-6D-10-NA 44-14841 Flown by Capt. William A. Shomo, 82nd TRS, 71st TRG, based at Hill Field, Mindoro, 12 January 1945. Standard natural metal finish with ANA 613 Olive Drab anti-glare panel. Very worn with no national markings on the upper surface of the wing.
Cartograf produce very high quality decals sheets and these are no exception. Colour saturation, hue and register are perfect. You get all the great nose art applied to the subject aircraft that will make your model stand out from the rest and add a little bit of colour too to break up the natural metal finish. The carrier film is very hard to even see on the sheet, which is excellent.
Really very impressive, especially when you consider the reasonable price point. I love the all-aspect colour profiles as they leave nothing to guesswork. Some excellent, authoritative information is given and you get everything you need. Love it!
I have given this package a full house – 5 stars across the board. This is the first time that has been awarded to any product. Congratulations Kagero!
|Quick summary||Star rating out of 5|
|Quality of printing||*****|
|Application (based on past experience with this manufacturer)||*****|