This week we’re looking at the fourth release from AMDG decals. The format is identical to the earlier sheets. The decals are enclosed in a sealed bag and inside we have:
- Double sided instruction sheet
- Cover sheet with information on how the instruction sheet works and how to best apply decals.
- The decal sheet itself.
This decal sheet covers 3 P-51Bs and one P-51D
- P-51B “SHOO SHOO BABY” 42-106447 of 364FS / 357FG based in Leiston UK, March 1944 – pilot: Lt. John Howell;
- P-51B “MARGIE MARU” 43-6425 of 353FS / 354 FG based at A-2 Criqueville, France, June 1944 – pilot: Capt. Jack T. Bradley;
- P-51B “QUEEN JEAN” 42-106875 of 375FS / 361FG based in Bottisham UK, August 1944 – pilot: Capt. William J. Shackelford;
- P-51D “PUNKIE II” 44-15499 of 504FS / 339FG based in Fowlmere UK, April 1945 – pilot: Lt. Vernon Blizzard.
The cover sheet is about half a sheet of A4/Letter size glossy paper and well designed. As you can see from the images it’s not just a simple piece of paper with some printing on it. There’s an image of each of the aircraft on one side and some in depth instructions on how to get the best out of your decals when it comes to applying them. Also on this sheet are explanatory images showing how the instruction sheet works.
The instruction sheet is a double sided, glossy paper, full colour sheet. As before the instruction sheet covers the background and idiosyncrasies of each particular aircraft and is an interesting read in itself. The text covering each aircraft goes into detail about the markings on the aircraft and areas that were replaced or repainted to a different shade of olive drab. There’s also background information on the ultimate fates of the aircraft and the pilots too. The instructions also give you a suggested order for applying the decal. The Tamiya 1/48 P-51B/C kit is recommended for the 3 P-51Bs and the Tamiya P-51D for the last aircraft. Overall the instruction sheet is as good as the best you will find available.
The decal sheet itself has very little carrier film and the colours are bright and strong and in register. You also get 2 ways of applying several of the decals that have more than one colour. Several of them are supplied as one complete decal and also as separate coloured decals.
This decal sheet is highly recommended and gives you some interesting P-51 B and D options.
Many thanks to Michal at AMDG Decals for the review sample. If you go to the links page on his website you will see the distributors. If you’re interested in being a distributor, Mike would be interested in hearing from you.
Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com