The name Model Alliance has been
around for some time. Most Modellers are aware of the name and associate it
with limited run decals and short-run conversions to existing kits. What is
not well known though is that Model Alliance is joint venture between
Hawkeye models and Oz Mods of Australia and the Aviation Workshop in the
On Target Profiles series is a new item in the ever expanding range of Model
Alliance products. The 'Profiles' forward sums it up very well:
Target 'Profiles' are not designed to be the last word on the subject of
camouflage and markings, but are an addition and complement to your existing
reference material on any given subject. They are inspirational sources for
modellers and aircraft enthusiasts alike.
the artwork in this and all the other titles in the ongoing series, provided
by a dedicated group of like-minded aviation enthusiast and aircraft
modeller artists, is based upon a mixture of contemporary photographs and
information from a variety of sources, to offer as wide a ranging coverage
as possible, with good quality, well presented and well-researched colour
scheme and markings details for specific aircraft types.
Target 'Profiles' are also an integral part of a bigger package, comprising
these modeller-friendly On Target 'Profiles' reference books, together with
exclusive Model Alliance decal sheets, kits and conversion sets in 1:144,
1:172 and 1:48 scales."
The profile paintings are by Jon
Freeman. If the name is not familiar to you his work will certainly be. He
is the fellow responsible for the excellent profile paintings in the
Aircraft in Detail section of Scale Aircraft Modelling.
do the books meet theses principles? Yes they do.
As stated above, Profile No I covers
the F-104 Starfighter. It consists of 30 pages devoted to profiles covering
the aircraft and two pages covering the corresponding decal sheet. In all
ninety different aircraft are covered.
The book is printed on good quality
A-4 sized paper with stiff cardboard covers The pages and covers are held
together with staples. The back cover folds out and the fold-out page has a
colour chart of the colours used on F-104s (with FS matches where
appropriate) on the facing page and a cut-out panel for ordering the decal
sheet on the rear.
The book is divided into sections
for each of the users of the F-104. Countries covered are: Belgium,
Canada, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan,
Spain, Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United States. There are also four
pages devoted to what they term "special schemes" These include Tiger Meet
schemes of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Belgium Air Force, the
Italian Air force's flamboyant commemorative schemes as well as the
spectacular German Air Force schemes.
The layout of the book is such that,
for the larger users at least, the left hand page shows five left-hand side
views with the right hand page showing both left and right-hand side views
as well as plan views of the upper and lower surfaces of a single machine.
Scattered amongst the drawings are enlargements of squadron badges and any
Detailed text accompanies each
profile. The text not only describes the colour scheme by giving FS numbers
or commonly used paint names it also describes the markings and points out
any unusual features on the aircraft as well as giving history notes or
reasons why the machine was painted in this manner.
Whilst there are a few reasonably
well known aircraft amongst the profiles the majority of them are not
All up, an excellent opening round
from Model alliance. If you are a modeller who is searching for a
"different" colour scheme for your next F-104 then you will certainly find
one between these pages.
A visit to the Model Alliance
http://www.theaviationworkshop.co.uk/modelalliance.html reveals that
this is the first of many 'Profile' books.