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Flying Circus Pts 1 & 2
for Wingnut Wings' Pfalz D.IIIa

Wingnut Wings Decals, 1/32 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Description and Price:

Wingnut Wings Decals:              

#30019 “Flying Circus part 1” (for Pfalz D.IIIa) USD$19.00
#30020 “Flying Circus part 2” (for Pfalz D.IIIa)
USD$19.00

available online from Wingnut Wings. Includes free international shipping

Scale:

1/32

Contents and Media:

Each set contains decals and instructions.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Diverse range of well researched subjects, superb artwork with accompanying reference photos; optional parts listed from donor kit where needed; decals in perfect register with a minimal amount of surrounding carrier film; the inclusion of instrument faces, logos, and stencil data.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

Another couple of very comprehensive sheets from Wingnut Wings. They supply more than just the relevant national and personal markings, so there’s plenty left over for the spares box. The level of research means that each subject can be tackled with confidence and the diverse assortment of schemes is also pleasing. Some of the options presented here have “lozenge”covered wings. For reasons of economy, this material is not included in these releases but is available separately from this manufacturer.

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner


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FirstLook

 

Following hard on the heels of their recent sheets for the Albatros D.V/D.Va, Wingnut Wings has released a collection of markings for the Pfalz D.IIIa.

Each comes on an A4 sized sheet of decal paper (plus a smaller leaf for #30019) and is printed by Cartograf in Italy. As such the quality is up to the high standard found in the kits themselves. Every item is printed with perfect colour registration and is surrounded by a minimum of carrier film.

Despite their size, they do stand up to the rigours of pushing and prodding when being positioned on the model. Decal setting solutions will work well but it is advisable to stay clear of the stronger solutions.

A huge bonus with these sheets is the sheer number of extra items to be found. Not only do we get the usual national and personal markings but we also get a wealth of stencil data. Included in this lot are instrument dials, propeller logos, data plates, datum lines, rigging diagram, weight tables and much more. It’s all legible under a magnifying glass which is a credit to the printers.

The instruction sheet is very comprehensive and clearly lets you know where each decal should go. Ronny Bar’s superb artwork takes care of side, upper and lower views and is complimented by period photos of the subject under consideration. Another highly commendable aspect is the callout for optional parts that should be used from the donor kit. No second guessing needed by the builder here.


 

“Flying Circus part 1”  Sheet 30019 for the 1:32 Pfalz D.IIIa

  1. Pfalz D.IIIa, serial 1296/17, of Jasta 56, late 1918.

    Fuselage – light blue with chrome yellow nose and tail. Wings – 5 colour lozenge on both upper and lower surfaces.

  2. Pfalz D.IIIa, serial 8178/17, flown by Rudolf Stark of Jasta 34b, May 1918. (11 victories)

    Fuselage – silver gray with “lilac” personal markings. Wings – silver gray on both upper and lower surfaces.

  3. Pfalz D.IIIa, serial 8284/17, flown by Jakob Pollinger of Jasta 77b, May 1918.

    Fuselage – silver gray with dark blue nose and tail markings. Wings – 5 colour lozenge on both upper and lower surfaces.

  4. Pfalz D.IIIa, serial 8304/17, late 1918

    Fuselage – silver gray with chrome yellow nose. Wings – 5 colour lozenge on both upper and lower surfaces.

  5. Pfalz D.IIIa, of Jasta 37, late 1918

    Fuselage – discoloured black with striped tailplane, Wings – 5 colour lozenge on upper wing with lower wing left in silver gray.

  6. Pfalz D.IIIa, of a Marine Feld Jasta, mid – late 1918

    Fuselage – silver gray with chrome yellow nose and white tail. Wings – silver gray on both upper and lower surfaces.


 

“Flying Circus part 1” Sheet 30020 for the 1:32 Pfalz D.IIIa

  1. Pfalz D.IIIa, flown by Franz Hailer of Jasta 29, late 1917 – early 1918.

    Fuselage – upper surfaces green with black striped lower surfaces. Wings – green uppersurfaces on both wings with silver-grey on their lower surfaces.

  2. Pfalz D.IIIa, serial 8170/17, flown by Hans Böhning of Jasta 79b, June 1918. (17 victories)

    Fuselage – Blue with a silver nose. Wings – 5 colour lozenge on both upper and lower surfaces.

  3. Pfalz D.IIIa, flown by Rudolf Berthold, of JGII, June 1918. (40 victories)

    Fuselage – painted red forward of the cockpit with a blue rear. Wings – Blue top wing and upper surface of the lower wing. Undersurfaces of the bottom wing in silver gray.

  4. Pfalz D.IIIa, flown by Carl Degelow, of Jasta 7, March 1918. (30 victories)

    Fuselage – black overall. Wings – black upper and lower surfaces of both wings.

  5. Pfalz D.IIIa, flown by Werner Hertel, of Jasta 40s, July 1918.

    Fuselage – black with a white tail. Wings – 5 colour lozenge on both upper and lower surfaces.

 

 

Conclusion

 

It’s obvious that a lot of effort has gone into the production of these sheets. This is reflected in the instructions, reference photos, and artwork, which is some of the best on the subject.

 

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These releases capture a variety of schemes that are sufficiently different to suit all tastes. The quality of the printing is excellent and the level of research is first-class.

To keep costs down, 5-colour “lozenge” hasn’t been included in the package but is available separately as #32001 (upper) and #32002 (lower).

So if you want a replica that’s different from those options presented in the box, then these sheets are just the thing.

Thanks to Wingnut Wings for the sample


Review Text and Images Copyright 2011 by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 7 June, 2011
Last updated 7 June, 2011

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