Dutch Profile nr. 2
Royal Netherlands East
Indies Air Force
Book & Decal Sheet
Reviewed by Brett Green
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second release in the DutchProfile series is "P-51D/K Mustang History,
Camouflage and Markings, Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force". This
book covers the Mustang's role in the Dutch return to the Netherlands
East Indies, and also touches on the transformation of some of these
machines in the new Indonesian Air Force.
The 40 pages provides concise yet informative coverage of the period
made up of historical text presented in both Dutch and English, lots of
great reference photos, seventeen attractive colour profiles, tables,
drawings and four-view marking diagrams.
A number of the featured aircraft are adorned with "shark mouths",
including two of the wildest Mustang schemes I have ever seen. These are
on Indonesian AURI aircraft (ex-Dutch) - one in natural metal with a
black and white chequered tail and a lively 3 Squadron logo; and the
other in Olive Drab and Aluminium with a wide section of the nose
painted red. In addition to the colour profiles, the book includes
photos of both these remarkable Mustangs.
The photos and profiles in the book display some of the interesting
attributes and armament of these Dutch and Indonesian Mustangs,
including tail-warning radar, dummy rockets and bombs, odd hook-shaped
aerials and even customised camera pods adapted from 75 gallon drop
Mustang fans will find plenty to keep them entertained between the
covers of this new book.
saw the back page of the book first. The wild, shark mouth Indonesian
P-51s immediately caught my eye.
Wouldn't it be great if there were decals for these birds, I thought.
I flicked back a few pages and saw a brochure advertising - you guessed
it - decals! Even better, they included markings for the natural metal
shark mouth Mustang. I flicked through another few pages and - be still
my beating heart - the decals themselves were nestled between the pages
of my review book!
The decals are available separately, or may be purchased as part of a
package deal. The sheet includes markings in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales,
although there are a few more 1/72 scale options than 1/48.
Subjects are P-51D and Ks, with a combination of standard and Dallas
canopies, in Dutch and Indonesian 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 Dutch roundels was slightly
misaligned on my sample. Instructions are very good, with text
descriptions in Dutch and English, and four view diagrams as
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 "P-51D/K Mustang History, Camouflage and Markings,
Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force" is an interesting account
of an almost forgotten corner of aviation, and will be welcomed by
Mustang fans and history buffs alike.
The decals are the icing on the cake for modellers of 1/48 or 1/72
Now I know I have stashed another unbuilt Tamiya P-51D
Thanks to Luuk from
Dutch Decals for the review samples.
Dutch Decals and
DutchProfile Publications are
available online from the Dutch Decals website and many retailers
and online hobby outlets worldwide
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