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Dutch Profile nr. 4

De Indische Spitfires

Book & Decal Sheet
(available separately)

 

 

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: Not quoted
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 40 pages
Price: Profile nr. 4: 15.00 Euros each (plus postage and packing)
Decals: 11.25 Euros each (inc. P&P)

available online from Dutch Profile and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide including Meteor Productions and Hannants

Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Book: Interesting story of an overlooked aspect of Spitfire history; 17 colour profiles plus two four-view subjects; decal tie-in (available separately); plenty of helpfully captioned photos; covers history, operations, camouflage and markings; full text and captions in both Dutch and English.

Decals: High quality decals with minimum carrier film; includes both 1/72 and 1/48 scale decals; comprehensive instructions; attractive subjects

Disadvantages: Decals: Minor misalignment of red on 1/72 scale Soviet red stars (only)
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to Spitfire and/or Dutch East Indies aircraft enthusiasts and modellers.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstRead

 

The Book

The fourth release in the DutchProfile series is "De Indische Spitfires". This book covers Dutch and East Indies sponsorship of presentation around 100 Spitfires in RAF and FAA service.

The 40 pages provides detailed historical text presented in both Dutch and English, lots of great reference photos, seventeen attractive colour profiles, tables, drawings and two four-view marking diagrams.

The narrative commences with background to Dutch and East Indies support for the British war effort, establishment and fundraising for the Spitfire Fund, followed by a summary of operational use. Surprisingly, although these Spitfires were supposed to be issued to Dutch pilots in Dutch RAF units, instead they saw general Squadron service in the RAF and Fleet Air Arm.

The aircraft are all Spitfire Mk.II or Mk.Vb variants. This is an interesting period of change in the camouflage and markings of British fighters. The Dark Earth and Dark Green scheme was making way for camouflage better suited to the RAF's aggressive campaign of raids across the English Channel. The subject aircraft reflect this transitional period, with early machines still wearing the early colours, some in a scheme of "Mixed Grey" and Dark Green, with the final examples in Ocean Grey and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey.

The photos and profiles are excellent. The three colour photographs offer some fascinating insights into the camouflage of these aircraft - especially the piebald scheme on the over!

Spitfire fans will find plenty to keep them entertained between the covers of this new book.


 

The Decals

Once again, Dutch Profile is offering decals to tie-in with this book.

The decals are available separately. The sheet includes markings for 13 Spitfires in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales, although there are a few more 1/72 scale options than 1/48.

Subjects are Spitfire II and Vb aircraft, all featuring special presentation markings

The decals are produced to the same high standard as Dutch Decals earlier releases, with thin carrier film and generally good registration, although the red of the 1/72 scale Soviet stars was slightly misaligned on my sample. Instructions are very good, with text descriptions in Dutch and English, and four view diagrams as appropriate.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

I really do like the recent trend of specific subject reference books tying up with a simultaneous decal release. This "one-stop shop" style of reference and markings is very useful to modellers, especially in niche subject areas such as this.

DutchProfile's "De Indische Spitfires" is an interesting account of an almost unknown corner of aviation, and will be welcomed by Spitfire fans and history buffs alike.

The decals are the icing on the cake for modellers of 1/48 or 1/72 scale kits.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Profile for the review samples.


Dutch Decals and DutchProfile Publications are available online from the Dutch Profile website and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide



Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 20 June, 2006
Last updated 19 June, 2006

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