Iliad Design C-47 Decals

There’s plenty written about the C-47, so there’s not much point in talking about it here other than to say look at Wikipedia if you want more information. All the decals on this sheet cover aircraft used in the 1948 Berlin Airlift and vary from looking freshly painted in civilian colours to looking very used and abused in severely faded olive drab.

There are many 1-72 kits of the C-47 out there, but the one you probably want to go for is the recent new tooling Airfix release. Assuming you will go for the Airfix kit, it comes with 2 decal options; C-47A-65-DL “Kilroy is HERE”, 92nd Troop Carrier Sqn/439th TCG, Operation Overlord, 6th June 1944 and C47D, Military Air Transport Service (MATS), Isachsen airstrip, North West Territory, Canada, 1949. This decal sheet adds 4 more post war options from 1948. Three of the 4 options are for C-47s, while one is a C-47A with small carburettor air intakes. The small intakes are in the Airfix kit as extras on one of the sprues, so you’re covered.

The decal options in this set are all from the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and are:

  • C-47, “Fassberg Flyer”
  • C-47, Tempelhof, 1948
  • C-47, EATS (European Air Transport Services)
  • C-47A, BOAC

The decal sheet contains all the main decals you will need for each aircraft, but you will need to use the stencils from the kit decal sheet.

The decal sheet arrived from the publisher in a sturdy cardboard envelope. Inside this, the decals are in a resealable plastic bag and I’m glad to say there is enough space in the bag to allow you to insert and remove the sheet and instructions without having to bend and fold the sheets. The bag contains:

  • One double sided, colour, letter sized sheet of instructions
  • One 12.5cm x 20cm decal sheet.

The instruction sheet is clearly printed in colour and contains details about the idiosyncracies of each aircraft, both in the paints applied and external equipment fitted.

The decal sheet is printed by Canuck Model Products, from Ontario, Canada. We’ve seen a few of their products in the past and these decals look to be up to their usual standards. Colours look clear and in register, the Union Jacks are correctly handed for left and right sides of the aircraft (and identified as such). The backing sheet on the decals themselves is small and in many places non-existent.

The decal sheet is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design and also from various hobby shops.

This is a very nice, reasonably priced sheet and a good option to replace the two decal options for the Airfix kit.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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