- Published on Monday, 27 June 2011 16:58 James Hatch
Aircraft Service & Maintenance Markings in 1/72 & 1/48
Catalogue #: See inventory for codes and prices.
Available directly from Fantasy Printshop
Fantasy Printshop do a good selection of aircraft decals that range from the more common types through to more unusual varieties that you will find useful for more unique projects.
I first came across this range when I was trying to locate the yellow ‘P’ markings that were carried on British prototype and captured aircraft. Despite the fact that I actually needed a 1/32 variety, Fantasy Printshop sold these in 1/48, and they were ideal for my ‘what if’ captured Japanese Shinden fighter. You’ll see this in the picture heading this article.
Fantasy Printshop have sent us their range of service and maintenance markings which just could be the answer to your latest project.
- Prototype P’s, 30 inch diameter, 1/48, FP806, £1.10
- Prototype P’s, 36 inch diameter, 1/48, FP807, £1.10
- Prototype P’s, 36 and 30 inch diameter, 1/72, FP808, £1.10
- Maintenance, 1/48, FP809, £1.50
- Maintenance, 1/72, FP810, £1.50
- Walkways, 1/48, FP811, £1.50
- Walkways, 1/72, FP812, £1.50
- Ejection Seat Triangles, 1/48, FP813, £1.25
- Ejection Seat Triangles, 1/72, FP814, £1.25
- Emergency Markings, 1/48, FP815, £1.50
- Emergency Markings, 1/72, FP816, £1.50
To access Fantasy Printshops store page for these items, click HERE.
These small decal sheets contain the familiar marking applied to both captured and prototypical aircraft from the 1940’s, and each set in 1/48 scale has six P’s printed. The 1/72 sheet has four of the 36 inch variety and six of the 30 inch type. Printing is thin and sharp, and as these are single colour, no need to look at registration. The colour itself looks perfect in relation to various books I have showing such applied markings.
These symbols aren’t too familiar to me, if I’m honest, but no doubt others will know what they are. The 1/48 sheet has two sets of each of the black, red and yellow symbols, and four of the white. The 1/72 sheet has two sets of black and red, with four sets of each of both yellow and white colours. Printing is thin, solid and crisp, and the carrier film is square shaped, and will possibly need trimming closer to the decal.
Each of these sets contain modern walkway marks, along with footprints to denote either walkable or non-walkable areas. The non walkable decals have the same footprint with a red cross to strike through it. The 1/48 set contains 12 footprints and 12 crossed footprints, plus six yellow and res hashed walkway decals. The 1/72 sheet contains 21 of each footprint, along with 12 walkway decals. Again, printing is clear, thin and crisp and register here is perfect.
Ejection Seat Triangles
Onto familiar territory here, with the safety warning triangles which adorn aircraft ejection seats. On both scale sheets, there are two varieties on offer. One is a simple red triangle, stencil-type marking, and the other has white edging to the triangle, and the writing in the triangle centre is also in white. The 1/48 set contains twelve of each type, whilst the 1/72 set has sixteen of each. Printing is thin, with authentic and solid colour, and in perfect registration and minimal carrier film.
Dotted around many aircraft types are a variety of safety markings, and Fantasy Printshop have supplied us here with a number of both common, and some not-so-common types. Black outlines, yellow arrows are included with ‘RESCUE’ markings to indicate safety handle locations, and these are given in both horizontal and vertical types. A number of these indicate that the rescue latch is located on the other side of the aircraft. Two varieties of fire extinguisher decal are supplied, in both yellow and red, with one type having a ‘rescue’ label presented above.
Canopy breakage decals are given in both yellow and red, as well as a number of Emergency Equipment decals in varying sizes and shapes. From the photographs, you will be able to see the number of each type of decal given on both 1/48 and 1/72 sheets.
Printing, again, is high quality, with thin, clear and crisp markings, and perfect registration.
So what do we think?
With the risk of repetition, I have to say that these useful and inexpensive sets really should be finding their way into modellers decal stashes. They are invaluable not only for helping you to create that scheme you wanted, but also to replace damaged kit decals, or to add them where the manufacturer hasn’t supplied you with what you really need.
Our sincere thanks to Fantasy Printshop for the review samples used here. To purchase directly, click the product name links in the article inventory.