The recent release of Eduard's 1:48 Fw 190D-9, coupled with the completion of Eagle Editions's own massive 2-part study of the Dora has placed the aircraft firmly in the spotlight for modellers and Luftwaffe enthusiasts like never before.
With such a wealth of material to draw on, Eagle Editions are in a probably unrivalled position when it comes to designing decals for the Fw 190D, and they've released a very timely trio of EagleCals sheets in all three major modelling scales, each taken from Vol. 2 of Jerry Crandall's books.
EC#124 features 5 x Doras:
1. Fw 190D-9, <- -, flown by Hans Ulrich Rudel, Geschwaderkommodore SG2, Großenhain, Germany, April 1945
2. Fw 190D-9 "Black 4", W.Nr. 500576, II./JG 301, Wunsdorf, Germany
3. Fw 190D-9 "White 1", W.Nr. 601033, 1./JG 26, Hustedt, Germany, April 1945
4. Fw 190D-11 "White 57", W.Nr. 22001?, 1./JG 101?, Schongau, Germany, May 1945
5. Fw 190D-11 "White 53", W.Nr. 2200?, VFS of G.d.J, Bad Wörishofen, Germany
EC#125 features 4 x Doras:
1. Fw 190D-9, W.Nr. 211??1, captured by the USSR, Marienburg, Germany, Spring 1945
2. Fw 190D-9 "Black 4", W.Nr. 400271, III./JG 2, Großostheim, Germany, May 1945
3. Fw 190D-9 "White 16", II./JG 301, Stendal?, Germany, May 1945
4. Fw 190D-9 "White 15", W.Nr. 600651, Straubing, Germany, May 1945
The schemes are accompanied by a brief, but detailed, description that points out notable features of the particular aircraft, along with its camouflage and markings. There's a very interesting selection of Doras on offer, with a good variety of camouflage types and both painted and part-n/m undersides, and a real odd-ball for anyone wanting an extra challenge; "Brown 4" on EC#126 features a Ta 152 tail.
The printing on each of the sample sheets is faultless - hardly surprising as they are custom produced for Eagle Editions by Cartograf, who have earned an enviable reputation for the quality of their work. The registration is spot on, and the carrier film on the thin, glossy items is crystal-clear.
A comprehensive set of stencil markings is provided (sufficient for one aircraft on each sheet), along with a placement guide. The clarity of the stencilling is superb - it's legible in even 1:72. Having just built the quarterscale Eduard 'D-9 I was interested to compare the stencilling with the kit's items, which in some cases seemed too large; similar stencils on the EC sheets are smaller, and the set also includes some items missed in the kit, such as propeller markings and undercarriage data-plates.
MRPs are as follows: 1:72 - $11.00, 1:48 - $15.00, 1:32 - $17.50. EagleCals are available direct from Eagle Editions and good model shops worldwide.
EagleCals new Dora sheets are excellent - beautifully printed and meticulously researched. Obviously, they're timed perfectly to coincide with the renewed interest generated by Eduard's series of kits, but they will also open up exciting new schemes for the established models in each scale. Recommended.
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Highs: A nice variety of subject aircraft. Excellent printing backed up by detailed instructions.Lows:Verdict: Whether it's for alternative markings, or simply as higher quality decals than those included with most kits, EagleCals are an excellent addition to Doras in any of the main aircraft scales.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...