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1/72 & 1/48 RAF TSR2 Operational Squadrons taken from official RAF records Decals

1/72 Sheet No. MA-72172 12.00 

1/48 Sheet No. MA-48172 17.00

Review by Steve Bamford on May 26 2009

 

This new decal sheet from Model Alliance Group features markings for 16 different RAF TSR2 Operational Squadrons taken from official RAF records.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1 DB (Development Batch), XS663 of A&AEE as it may have appeared in 1968.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1 DB (Development Batch), XS667, 'B' of 237 Operational Conversion Unit as it may have appeared in 1969.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1 DB (Development Batch), XS946, 'E' of 237 Operational Squadron as it may have appeared in 1969.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XS668, 'L' of 9 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two WE177B nuclear bombs carried internally and a full load of external drop tanks.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV669, 'X' of 45 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two Blue Water missiles and carrying a 1435 gallon ventral drop tank.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XS949, 'A' of 40 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1969.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XS954, 'Z' of 32 Squadron as it may have appeared between 1969 and 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' and shown fitted with four 36 tube, 68mm Matra pods on underwing pylons.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV884, 'P' of 6 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two WE177B nuclear bombs carried internally and carrying two underwing drop tanks and a jettisonable 1435 gallon ventral fuel tank.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV890, 'F' of 81 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 under the provisions of Plan 'P' armed with two Blue Water missiles and carrying a 1435 gallon ventral drop tank.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV892, 'O' of 14 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two WE177B nuclear bombs carried internally and two underwing drop tanks.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV926, 'M' of 3 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two WE177B nuclear bombs carried internally and two underwing drop tanks.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV930, 'G' of 617 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with two Blue Water missiles and carrying a 1435 gallon ventral drop tank.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV940, 'H' of 12 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1975 during the 'Spotswood scenario' armed with four TV guided Martel missiles and carrying a 1435 gallon ventral drop tank.
  • BAC Eagle GR.1, XV910, 'B' of 81 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1971 under the provisions of the 'Spotswood scenario' fitted with a belly reconnaissance pod and carrying two underwing drop tanks.
  • BAC Eagle PR.1, XV935, 'D' of 13 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972-1973 fitted with a belly reconnaissance pod and carrying two underwing drop tanks.
  • BAC Eagle PR.1, XV944, 'G' of 58 Squadron as it may have appeared in 1972 during arctic exercises over Norway fitted with a belly reconnaissance pod and carrying two underwing drop tanks.

The 20 page instruction booklet is straight forward and well laid out and includes 4 view colour profiles of all aircraft on this decal sheet. 

The decals themselves are flawlessly printed and very clearly printed on the 1/72 sample I have before me and are contained on 2 decal sheets.  Stencils are included.  Colours look solid and should cover very well, but the decals appear thin and of a very high quality.   

Wow.......this is a welcome decal sheet.  This aircraft has quite the following and to see these what-if schemes is great.  Each aircraft on this decal sheet has sort sort of colourful squadron artwork or even tailart on some of these RAF TSR2's.  You also get a variety of camo schemes and loadout with a selection of drop tanks.  My favourite camo on this sheet is the very last one....the Artic scheme......that one really stands out. 

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You can order these decals direct from aviation-workshop@btconnect.com   Contact them for prices and ordering information.

Special thanks to Model Alliance for sending me this review sample.  You can purchase these decals direct from the Model Alliance website.

Steve

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Photos and text by Steve Bamford