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Camouflaged T-birds
RCAF Canadair Silver Stars in camouflage
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by: Is a secret [ JESSIE_C ]

History

The Canadiar Silver Star wore many different colour schemes during its service with the RCAF, but one of the rarest and least known is the overall disruptive camouflage which was worn only by aircraft serving with the RCAF's Air Division in Europe during the Cold War.

First Impressions

This set provides markings for two aircraft from a choice of three different variations of the basic camouflage scheme. One dates from the Air Division's early days in the 1950s, with Grey/green upper surfaces over PRU Blue lowers, matching the Air Division's Sabres. The next two date from the 1980s and 1990s, with light grey undersurfaces and subdued markings. The very rarely seen "Kiwi", "Penguin" and "Snoopy" fin markings are supplied.

Sufficient decals are provided to do two of the three aircraft featured.

decal sheets


Three sheets make up this set in 1/48 scale.

The first sheet covers the majority of the markings needed. Roundels, flags, tail markings and stencils sufficient to complete two models.

The second sheet holds RCAF style numbers in 7 different sizes, to allow for modelling aircraft not portrayed in the instructions. Some consultation with references will be required.

The third sheet is an addendum containing roundels and tail markings which could not fit onto the main sheet.

instruction sheets

Three 8 1/2 X 11 sheet printed in full colour and one black-and-white sheet comprise the instructions. Each page shows top and bottom, left and right side views of the subject aircraft.

The instruction sheet mentions that the decals may be harmed by strong setting solutions. I did a test using portions of the incorrect fuselage flash and my poor old knocked-about Revell 1/72 Voodoo.

  • 1. Solvaset
  • 2. Micro Sol
  • 3. Micro Set
  • 4. No setting solution

The results show that used carefully, Solvaset did not damage this decal, and that used without any setting solution at all, the decal still conforms to the moulded detail. These days the question is moot given that Canada Customs does not allow Solvaset into the country, so obeying the instructions about its use is an easy decision.

This decal sheet is available for purchase directly from Canuck Model Products' website.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Camouflaged RCAF T-birds are finally a reality.
Lows: None notable.
Verdict: RCAF Fans will find this sheet a must.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 029-48
  PUBLISHED: Jan 11, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Canada
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.12%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.21%

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About Is a secret (Jessie_C)
FROM: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Copyright 2018 text by Is a secret [ JESSIE_C ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



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