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Mark 1 Ltd Dozen Set

Dozen Set Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Colours & Markings

 

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

MKD 48012, MKD72012 & MKD144012

Scale:

1/48, 1/72 & 1/144 (one scale per booklet)

Contents & Media:

1 x 28-page A-4 landscape format Booklet & Decals for 12 subjects

Price:

Available on-line from:

And should be with the other stockists including Red Roo Models listed towards the end of this review.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

A handy all-in-one reference and decal package for those who have several Gripen kits to build or as a group buy. Should also appeal to decal collectors because of the attractive high quality format.

Disadvantages:

Relatively expensive if all you want is decals for one or two models. No decals for the Czech Tiger-scheme drop tanks.

Conclusions:

Excellent production quality, clear walk-around colour photos, and decals for 12 attractive schemes to choose from that are supported by photo evidence.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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FirstRead

 

Mark 1 Ltd’s “Dozen Set” Colours & Markings format is well-established and familiar to many. The format consists of a very nicely produced A4 landscape booklet and decals for a dozen different aircraft of the type covered. It has an attractive front cover, whilst the rear cover has colour profiles of the 12 schemes the booklet provides colour plans and decals for. Decals for the schemes are available in different scales to suit commonly available kits of the subject (so make sure you order the correct product code for your chosen scale).

 

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Inside consists of two pages dedicated to each of the 12 colour schemes. The first page for each set of markings has a photograph of the subject scheme and some brief notes concerning its background. Also on this same page are walk-around photos of service aircraft. The second page on each scheme has clearly printed and attractive 4-view colour plans. The last three pages of the book have clear colour close-up photos of the both the single and twin-seat cockpits, as well as the undercarriage bays.

The 12 schemes offered are for the Swedish Air Force (4 single and 1 two seater), Czech Air Force (2 single and 1 twin seater), Hungarian Air Force (1 single and 1 twin seater), South African Air Force and Royal Thai Air Force (both single seaters). In each case the decals are beautifully printed. I do think that many modellers would have liked to have decals for the Tiger stripes for the drop tanks on two of the Czech options, rather than having to paint them.

The quality and attractiveness of production this “dozen set” is plain to see. Its appeal and value will no doubt lie with those who want a simple all-in-one decals and reference package to finish their Gripen model. I suspect that decal collectors will also be tempted where this “deluxe” combination of decals, colour plans and photos. The package is not the cheapest solution to decaling your Gripen, but to be fair the price is comparable to other premium presentations of decal packages

 

 

Conclusion

 

Mark 1’s Saab JAS39 Gripen “dozen set” is an ideal solution for modellers who want an all-in-one reference and decals. They will be able to complete their Gripen kits in attractive schemes supported by photos, and may want to exploit the walk around to add more detail to their finished model.


 

Stockists

Mark 1 Guides are available in the USA from UMM-USA and Stevens International; in Australia from Platypus and Red Roo Models; and in the UK from Hannants, Aviation Book Centre, Ian Allan, LSA Models and The Aviation Bookshop.

Thanks to Mark 1 Ltd for this review sample.


Review Copyright 2011 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 1 August, 2011
Last updated 1 August, 2011

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