Monday, 19 November 2018

Exito Decals order arrived ! "Gustavs over the Balkans" and "Wulf Pack" - Luftwaffe models

We first mentioned Exito Decals of Poland earlier this month on the Luftwaffe blog. My first order via their website just arrived! The web site itself is very easy to use and payment options include Paypal which makes the whole process even more straightforward. My order arrived in a stout A-4 card sleeve and the decals are backed by thick card. The placement instructions feature on one side of each A-4 sheet  and include colour three-views and photos of the actual machines on one side while high quality profile artwork  (both sides of the machine) from one of the leading artists in the digital environment is printed on the other - that's each decal subject on a separate thick card sheet. These are bound to become highly collectable! If the company manages regular releases these artwork sheets will build into an pretty neat album. The only downside I can see is that it seems a shame to start cutting the decals up, but as I particularly wanted a JG 77 G-6 on my shelves it will have to be...

Exito Decals enters the market with two sets available both in 1/48 and 1/72 scale. The decal sheets are printed by industry leader, Cartograf of Italy, which ensures top printing quality and ease of application. These are complemented by instructions that differ from the plain market standard. What you get are essentially high quality posters with accurate and inspiring illustrations created by Janusz Swiatlon. Each subject is presented on an A4-sized sheet, with large side aircraft profiles printed on the front, and the remaining artwork, photos and all necessary information laid out on the rear side. This way you not only get some cool decals for your model kit, but also attractive posters to adorn your man cave, at the same time!

The first decal set I ordered is entitled “Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, Gustavs over the Balkans” and covers three quite unusual machines:
  1. Bf 109 G-6, ‘White 12’, flown by Uffz. Anton Riemer of 7./JG 77, Mizil, Romania, January 1944.
  2. Bf 109 G-6, ‘Black 5’, 2./JG 53, Borovo, Croatia, May 1944.
  3. Bf 109 G-6, W.Nr. 166133; flown by Capt. Constantin “Bâzu” Cantacuzino, San Giovanni near Foggia, Italy, 27th August 1944.

The second set is entitled “Wulf Pack Vol.1” and includes markings for three different early Focke-Wulf Fw 190s, just in time for the recent Eduard kits:
  1. Fw 190 A-3, ‘Yellow 7’, flown by Oblt. Detlev Rohwer, Kapitän of 6./JG 1, Woensdrecht, the Netherlands, late spring 1942.
  2. Fw 190 A-4, W.Nr. 0799, coded ‘SK+OU’, probably belonging to I./SG 101, France, 1943.
  3. Fw 190 A-5, ‘Yellow 5’, flown by Fw. Karl ‘Charly’ Willius of 3./JG 26, Dno, Soviet Union, early April 1943.
None of these aircraft have been available in decal form before. ‘Yellow 5’ is the only documented Fw 190 with victory markings that served on the Eastern Front. Decals include bonus ‘Andrehkurbel’ stencils, which are missing from the majority of kit and aftermarket Fw 190 stencils.