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Mark I. LTD, “Dozen Set”
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch
Colours & Markings

in co-operation with 4+

 

S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details:

Mark I. LTD, “Dozen Set”
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Colours & Markings
in co-operation with 4+
available in either 1/72 or 1/48 scales MKD72004 / MKD48004

Media and Contents: Available on-line from Hannants for £14.99 and Modelimex for €21.11
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Great for those who need a handy all-in-one reference and decal package, or have several Storch kits to build, or as a group buy. Would also appeal to decal collectors because of the very attractive high quality format.
Disadvantages: Relatively expensive if all you want is decals for one or two models.
Conclusion: Excellent production quality, clear walk-around photos (most in colour) and decals for 12 attractive schemes to choose from that are supported by photo evidence.


Reviewed by Mark Davies

 
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FirstRead

 

Many Hyperscalers will be familiar with the excellent series of 4+ publications covering individual aircraft in detail. They may be less familiar with 4+’s cooperation with Mark 1 Ltd in the production of their “dozen set” Colours & Markings series. This series includes decals in either 1/72 or 1/48 scale for individual aircraft types.

The “dozen set” format consists of a very nicely produced A4 landscape booklet and decals for a dozen different aircraft of the type covered. The Fi 156 Storch example reviewed here is typical.

 

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The booklet has an attractive front cover, whilst the rear cover has colour profiles of the 12 schemes covered by the colour plans and decals. Inside consists of two pages dedicated to each of the 12 colour schemes. The first page for each set of markings has a photograph of the subject scheme and some brief notes concerning its background. Also on this same page are walk-around photos of a museum example and/or photos of service aircraft. This walk-around sequence flows onto the first pages for each subject and rounds out the last three pages of the booklet. The second page on each scheme has clearly printed and attractive 4-view colour plans.

The 12 Storch schemes offered are of the prototype, 3 x Luftwaffe, 1 x Bulgarian, 1 x British, 1 x French, 3 x Czechoslovak (Air Force, Border Police & Aeroclub), 1 x Hungarian (in early post-WW2 national insignia) and finally 1 x Swiss Aeroclub.

The decals themselves come together on one sheet sealed in cellophane. Markings for each subject clearly defined by a border and identification number. I have yet to use the decals, but they appear to have very good registration and opacity.

 

 

The quality and attractiveness of production of the “dozen set” is obvious to see. It’s appeal and value will no doubt lie with those who want a simple all-in-one decals and reference package to finish their Storch model. I suspect that decal collectors will also be tempted where this “deluxe” combination of decals, colour plans and photos. Given that these “dozen sets” are being produced as a series on several aircraft it would seem that there is potential to give some buyers the “collector bug”.

Where I struggle slightly is that this very high quality production must add cost for those who may only want to finish one model, when compared to decals accompanied by simpler markings guides. The booklet of course has some residual value as a reference in itself, but there are more comprehensive single-aircraft references like “Squadron In Actions” or Schiffer booklets for similar prices (but of course without the decals).

To be fair the price is comparable to other premium presentations of decal packages, and as I have said, both the booklet and decals are produced to very high standards that will be enough justification for some.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Mark 1’s Storch “dozen set” is an ideal solution for modellers who want an all-in-one reference and decals. They will be able to complete their Storch kit in attractive schemes supported by photos, and may want to exploit the walk around to add more detail to their finished model.

Purchased by reviewer


Review Copyright 2008 by Mark Davies
Page Created 25 September, 2009
Last updated 25 September, 2009

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