Max Decals

1/48 Irish Air Corps 1926-1956 decal sheet

Product # 4821 for 14

Product Article by Steve Bamford on May 2 2011

 

This new Limited Edition decal sheet from Max Decals includes markings for 12 different types of aircraft (17 aircraft in all) flown by the Irish Air Corps between 1926 and 1956.  Plus you get bonus markings for a 1/32 SA330L Puma in Irish Air Corps markings from 1981.

The aircraft include the following:

  • Westland Lysander Mk II #63 in late 1940 with green and brown upper surfaces and light grey or silver lower surfaces.   This aircraft includes noseart.  Use Italeri/Testors or Eduard Mk1 modified kit.

  • Westland Lysander Mk II #66 post war target tug in overall silver lower surfaces.  Use Italeri/Testors or Eduard Mk1 modified kit.

  • Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard # M1 in 1922 with overall khaki and doped linen on the undersides of the wings.  Use the Karata kit.

  • Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard # 1 post 1924 with overall silver.  Use the Karata kit.

  • Avro 504K AIII in 1922  with overall khaki and doped linen on the undersides of the wings.  Use either the Smer or Blue Max kit.

  • Bristol F.2B # BF VII in 1922  with overall khaki and doped linen on the undersides of the wings.  Use the Eduard kit.

  • Bristol F.2B Mk II # 22 in 1928 in overall silver with grey forward fuselage metal panels.  Use the Eduard kit.

  • DH 60 Cirrus Moth #23 in 1927 in overall silver.  Use the A Model or Aeroclub converted kit. 

  • Supermarine Walrus Mk1 #N18 in overall silver delivery scheme in 1939.  Use the Classic Airframes or Smer kit.

  • Supermarine Walrus Mk1 #18 with green and brown upper surfaces and silver lower surfaces.  Use the Classic Airframes or Smer kit.

  • Supermarine Walrus Mk1 #20 with green and brown upper surfaces and silver lower surfaces.  Use the Classic Airframes or Smer kit.

  • Gloster Gladiator #26 in 1938 in Titanine TE348 green with silver wings.  Use the Roden or Hawk/Impact kits.

  • Hawker Hurricane Mk II # 115 in late 1945 in dark green and ocean grey camo with medium sea grey undersides and a red spinner.  Use Hasegawa or Hobbycraft kit.

  • Supermarine Seafire LF III # 153 in 1950 in overall BS 283 aircraft grey green with a red spinner.  This aircraft include noseart.  Use Special Hobby or Airfix kit.

  • De Havilland Vampire T55 C. 1968 painted in overall aluminium with dayglo orange nose, wingtips and tailbooms.  This aircraft has noseart.  Use the Classic Airframe kit.

  • DHC-1 Chipmunk in 1952.  This aircraft is silver overall.  Use the Aeroclub or Heritage Aviation kits. 

Bonus decals:

  • 1/32 SA330L Puma, IAC 1981.  Olive drab overall.  Use the Bundesgrenzschutz version of the old Matchbox kit which provides the enlarged sponsons and other parts.  Or modify the Revell kit.

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Max Decals has outdone themselves on this sheet.  There are 2 decal sheets to cover all the markings and the decals are grouped for each aircraft to make finding them much easier.  There are plenty of national markings, so you will be able to amass quite the collection of Irish Air Corps aircraft for your display case.  The stripes for the rudder and wings will have to be cut from longer stripes on the decal sheet, which makes sense considering the large number of aircraft types on this decal sheet.  The instruction sheets are very good about showing your 4 view profiles to show you the layout of the camo and/or paint scheme.  Plus the instructions guide you through the process to create each aircraft from the kits that are available on the market. 

Special thanks goes out to Kevin Byrne and Paddy Cummins for their help on this decal sheet.

I applaud Max Decals for pulling together all these many Irish aircraft, now your only question is which one to build for the next St Patrick's Day.

You can buy this sheet direct from the Max Decals website.

I'd like to thank Max Decals for the review sample.

Steve Bamford

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Photos and text by Steve Bamford