- Published on Monday, 30 May 2011 08:23 James Hatch
1/32 Romanian Cross Decals (Stencil Type)
Catalogue # RB-D32009 for 860mm, and RB-D32008 for 960mm
Available from RB Productions for €6,50 per set
1/48 and 1/72 also available from same source.
Surely there is no person better placed in our hobby to produce Romanian decals than Radu Brinzan. Radu, himself Romanian, is a master modeller and published author, with a book on the IAR 80/81 soon to be released, and an amazing Romanian Hawker Hurricane build here, at Large Scale Planes.
Radu has designed these decals so that two variants of the cross can be constructed from the various elements on the decal sheet. A total of twelve crosses are included, and along with these, four-quadrant red circles, and an equal number of full red circles. A series of individual blue lines, already at the correct length, are included, should you want to produce that specific variant of the Romanian cross.
Synonymous with the Romanian colour scheme was the use of the ‘Mickey Mouse on horseback’ emblem. Again, Radu has incorporated two sets of these on his decal sheet, as there are enough crosses for two machines. The Mickey emblem though, had two variants of their own with regard to their colouration. Some emblems were painted in the same colour set as the national crosses, with Mickey himself having a yellow main colour. Some emblems were painted with this aspect in white. To get around this issue, Radu has designed these decals initially as the white version. Two ‘make-over’ decals are included which, printed in yellow’, lie perfectly over the white colour of the Mickey logo, and turns Mickey yellow!
Each set is presented on two decal sheets. These comprise a main sheet, with the majority of the decals present, and a mini sheet which holds two of the yellow Mickey decals.
Printed by Fantasy Printshop, these decals are not only beautifully thin, they are printed in solid and authentic colour, and in perfect register with minimal clear carrier. I know that Fantasy Printshop decals work well with setting solutions from my own personal experience.
As I have previously mentioned, you get enough decals for two models with each set, and both sets are of the same high quality.
So what do we think?
There really is only one game in town if you want to produce a model with Romanian colours. If you fancy trying your hand at a Romanian scheme, and this Air Force used both Allied and Axis machines, then take a look at Romanian Fighter Colours 1941 – 1945 book review. As these are from Radu, you know the product will be accurate and properly researched in every aspect. At what I consider to be a ‘more than reasonable’ cost, these are must-have decals for anyone wanting to build a Romanian model. RB Productions produces these sets in 1/48 and 1/72, as well as the 1/32 set reviewed here. Very highly recommended.
Our sincere thanks to RB Productions for the review samples used here. To purchase these directly, click THIS link.