Just picked up the Academy's F-8 Crusader and started trying to find decals
for it. I found there are very few choices that work with this version in
the kit. Same thing with Academy's P-38 kit, nothing really new in decals
for it. Why are there so few new decals coming out for 1/72 kits. I see
more and more decals for 1/48 but they don't seem to make them in 1/72.
There are fourteen 1/72 scale Vautour kits out there and three more
Vacuform IIAs from Airmodel & Eurovac; cast resin IIAs from Hi-Tech &
Replica; a listing from Bevelite that I need more information on and an
upcomng kit from Azur. Vacuform IIB from Eurovac; cast resin IIBs from
Hi Tech & Replica; upcomng kit from Azur. Vautour IINs from Eurovac &
O'Neill; cast resin IINs from Hi Tech & Replica; injection molded kits
IIN kits from Eurokit & Mach ( I have this one, rough but buildable)
with one planned by Special Hobby.
All hard to find, but a market nonetheless. The decals are superb, BTW.
Well, maybe I should have said 'readily available'. I know there
were some limited in the past & there are some coming, but when?
Haven't they been announced a couple of years now? That's like making
decals for Aurora kits, or the Revell George or the ITC Staggerwing.
Not a real market, but in the days of just punching a button & making
bigger or smaller decals, I guess it's feasible to do so.
Same reasons that new aircraft kits no longer come from this country.
Europe, especially ex-Iron Curtain countries, have the work ethic and
desire to produce quality products that we once had, at least when it
comes to aircraft kits and accessories.
At last count there were 15,109 1/72 scale aircraft kits and models in
every medium from injection molded plastc to paper card. A huge
percentage of these are still available, if not from a retailer at
least through trading. The Poles and Czechs pay close attenton to the
new releases, but they keep the older stuff in mind, too. Aside from
decals they produce 95% of all of the after-market stuff.
I produced cast resin kits until stopped by resin contaminaton. Our
latest kit, the Beech Super King Air 200, comes from Hong Kong. Quality
is superb, price fair, decals cost us far too much. That's why it goes
for $40. High Planes did our injection molded Payen Pa.22 at 1/3 the
price demanded from domestic short run injection molding firms. That's
why we can sell it for $12.
Want to see what it's like to produce a kit or decal in this country?
Do the art work, master pattern, etc. and start shopping around. I'll
buy your first kit/decal if the price is affordable (and the product s
I know I bought a lot of F11Fs and A3Js just because there were so many
neat examples on the Micro/Superscale sheets. "I couldn't eat just
The last 2 issues of "Revi" have several sheets listed in 1/72. There
are two sheets out that cover US aircraft in Soviet service. Building a
Thunderbolt and marking it with those would be different. Not everyone
will have one.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
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