AML has started a new line of decals and these two sets are the first
offerings. AML is a Czech company better known for plastic kits (such
as their Fiat G.50 reviewed in this issue) but if these decals are any
indication of things to come they will quickly become known for excellent
decals as well.
The first sheet is for Finnish Gladiators. The instruction booklet is
printed in full color and provides side view and top and bottom views
where applicable. There are decals for a total of seven Gladiators, some
Finnish and one Swedish in Finnish service. There
aren't enough Finnish roundels to do all eight planes, but there is enough
to do about four, depending on which ones you choose.
The Finnish planes are mostly finished in the standard black and olive
green over light gray. There is one finished an interesting scheme consisting
of light earth, light green, dark earth and dark green over a silver dope/black
split undersurface. The Swedish example has markings showing it at two
different times during its career in the Finnish Air Force. The plane
is finished in the standard Swedish scheme of dark green over blue gray,
but a temporary white camouflage has been applied to the upper surfaces
and fuselage sides. A yellow F is on the rudder. When this plane returned
to Sweden, it was painted up with some rather interesting markings. The
Finnish roundels on the fuselage sides were
blacked out and a skull and crossbones painted in the center, along with
a set of wings on the forward fuselage and another skull and crossbones
in blue on the tail.
The Lysander sheet is not quite as large as the Gladiator sheet, providing
markings for only four Lysanders, but it is every bit as good. Like the
Gladiator, the instruction sheet is printed in full color and side, top
and bottom views are provided. Two of the Lysanders are wheeled versions
and the other two sport skis.
Three of the planes are in the standard Finnish camouflage of olive
green and black over light gray, while the final scheme has a temporary
white winter camouflage over the light gray. Enough roundels are provided
to finish three out of the four Lysanders, and like the Gladiators the
serial numbers include a portion of the
black camouflage around the last number, allowing the olive green camouflage
to show through where the number is. This will work very well on the three
that are in the standard camouflage, but for the one that has the white
temporary camouflage they should have changed the black to white.
Both sheets are very well printed, thin and are in perfect register.
Both sheets include stenciling and data as well as a placement diagram
showing where everything goes. The actual sheets are printed by Tally
Ho!, so if you're familiar with their decals you have a good idea of what
to expect here.
These first two sheets from AML are very nice sheets of some interesting
subjects and I am looking forward to seeing what they do next.