One of the new releases from Iliad is a colourful set for the 1/72 Twin Otter. The only kit out there that I’m aware of is the ex-Matchbox Revell kit. I believe the kit is not too bad and was one of the last, better, kits done by Matchbox.
The set contains decals for 5 different subjects:
- DHC-6 Series 300, FAE 449, Ecuadorian AF
- Twin Otter Series 300, Transport Canada, 2006-7
- UV-18A, Alaska Army National Guard, 1979
- Twin Otter Series 300, French AF, Egypt, 1989
- Twin Otter Series 300, International Red Cross, Algeria & Afghanistan, 2004
The choice of subjects it very wide ranging from military to the International Red Cross, and also covers the extremes of colour from white and red, through green to camouflage. I don’t think I can remember seeing such diverse subjects on a single decal sheet.
There are no stencils on the set, but then again there doesn’t seem to be a need for any as the decal sheet in the kit itself doesn’t have them either.
The decals arrived in a stiff cardboard envelope and are inside a single Ziploc type bag. Inside the bag are:
- 2 Letter/A4 sized double sided colour sheets of instruction
- 1 Decal sheet
The 2 sheets of instructions are printed on standard paper and are in full colour. The first sheet shows a port side view of all 5 aircraft with colour call outs in FS numbers. There are also tips about some quirks of some of the aircraft. On the reverse this sheet has the upper surfaces of all 5 aircraft. It shows the placing of the black exhaust bands and also what to do with the decals that go over the wing fences on 2 kits. The second sheet shows the undersides of the 5 aircraft and again tells you everything you will need to know in a clear and easy fashion. The reverse of this sheet shows you the aerial placements for each of the aircraft as well as where the ‘cut here’ emergency decals go.
If you want more references, go to Iliad Design’s Facebook page as they have posted a couple of photos of some of the options.
The decal sheet itself is clearly printed with strong vibrant colours. There’s minimal carrier film beyond the edges of the decals and everything looks in register. I can’t see anywhere where it says who does the decal printing, but they do a good job, whoever they are.
This is a very well thought out decal sheet as well as very good decals in themselves. Looking at the market, there are some aftermarket decals available but I think the choice of options on this sheet is the best one out there. The decals themselves are excellent quality and this sheet is also very competitively priced compared to the other aftermarket decals for the Twin Otter. All in all, you can’t lose with this sheet and if you have, or are getting, the Revell kit you should consider getting this decal sheet to go with it.
Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.