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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Pacific Monograph Les tigres Exotique! -- 1:32 Scale


The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was a 1930s design operated by the Royal Air Force and many other operators as a primary trainer.  During WWII, Tiger Moths were also pressed into service as maritime surveillance and even very light bombers.  Though a biplane, it remained in service into the early 1950s.  Many still fly as warbirds in private hands today.  It is also arguably rather underrepresented in the scale modeling world and especially in regarding 1:32 scale aftermarket decals.

If you have the late 1970s Matchbox 1:32 scale kit of the Tiger Moth, there’s a real good chance that your decals are shot.  However, this kit was one of Matchbox’s best efforts ever, and this factor led Revell of Germany to buy the molds and re-pop this kit in 1997 and again in 2004.  Pacific Monograph provides markings for this kit with two very eye-catching schemes for a pair of DH. 82As that operated in the southeast Asian theater in WWII.

The first scheme represents a Tiger Moth operated by the Vichy French Air Force of Escadrille 2/595 based at Tong, Indochina in 1941.  The second scheme is an overall yellow DH.82A operated by the Royal Thai Air Force (no date[s] given).

The decals appear to have been printed by Microscale and they look perfect – design is flawless, colors look great and solid, everything is in perfect register (including the sometimes hard-to-achieve circles within circles on the roundels), and carrier film is thin and quite restrained.  There’s also “bonus” marking in the form of the de Havilland logo and the Tiger Club insignia that could be useful somewhere, somehow (e.g., a display base).

Personally, I would opt for the Vichy French scheme as it is so colorful and rather engaging.  I love that blue, white, and red rudder, red and yellow engine cowling, and while fuselage stripes atop the aluminum dope overall finish.  And of course, if you go for the Royal Thai AF scheme, just remember to lay down your yellow on top of a white basecoat since yellow is a translucent color.              

Sometimes for me, a color scheme is what raises my eyebrows and gets me interested in a project.  That Vichy French scheme has done just that.  I don’t have this kit, so eBay, here I come...

We extend our sincere thanks to Burl Burlingame of Pacific Monograph for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at www.pacificmonograph.com where you will find this and many other products and their webstore as well: http://www.pacmonoshop.com/catalog/index.php

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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