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Finnish National Insignia

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


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Finnish Air Force Swastikas "Hakaristi" and serials are hardly the most widely available decals, so Techmod's latest releases will answer many modellers' wishes. The sets are available in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales in the following combinations:

Set 72130 - 1 x sheet of national insignia on white and blue-grey disks and 2 x sheets of numerals in black, green and white. (RRP - 9.96 EUR)
Set 48073 - 1 x sheet of national insignia on white disks and 2 x sheets of numerals in black, green and white. (RRP - 9.95 EUR)
Set 48074 - 1 x sheet of national insignia on blue-grey disks and 2 x sheets of numerals in black, green and white. (RRP - 9.95 EUR)
Set 32022 - 1 x sheet of national insignia on white disks and 2 x sheets of numerals in black and green. (RRP - 14.95 EUR)
Set 32023 - 1 x sheet of national insignia on blue-grey disks and 2 x sheets of numerals in black and green. (RRP - 14.95 EUR)

In each case the national markings and numerals are provided in the following full-size dimensions:
Hakaristi: 580, 650, 720, 790, 860, 940 and 1010mm
Numerals: 220, 225, 250, 275 and 350mm

Each sheet is accompanied by a placement diagram for the national insignia along with historical notes for the use of the different colour disks.

As I've come to expect from Techmod, the decals themselves are faultless; the registration is perfect and the individual designs are thin with minimal carrier film. The numerals are all individual, so you'll need to align them carefully - and some careful trimming will be needed to cater for the distinctive green codes on black background, and black on green, according to the camouflage pattern - but everything you need is here to cover every combination.

Conclusion
With so many kits available of the foreign aircraft used by the Finnish Air Force, but a relative dearth of decals to go with them, these sets will be an absolute gold-mine for modellers. 1/32 scale modellers miss out on the white numerals, but perhaps these will be released later. Nevertheless, pretty much any Finnish aircraft of the period is catered for - all you need is the references to pin down the scheme. Highly recommended.

contact details.
The samples were very kindly supplied by Adalbertus, Techmod's sole export representative.

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SUMMARY
While it's often the individual eye-catching schemes that are attractive as decal subjects, it's actually basic items such as national insignia which prove most useful in the long term - particularly for less well-covered subjects. With this in mind, Techmod have released a comprehensive set of Finnish pre-war and WW2 insignia.
  PRINTING QUALITY:100%
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: Other
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Finland
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.85%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.50%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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Comments

Hi Now we can get a nice Swedish Gladiator fighter in Finland.Rodens insignia has not correct blue. http://images1.fotopic.net/?iid=y1ujzw&outx=600&quality=70 Lars
SEP 11, 2006 - 11:37 PM
Actually this works out good for me too. There is a Finnish (post war of course) Fokker D.VII on skis with a splinter camouflage I would love to do. I have just the 1/48 kit.
SEP 12, 2006 - 05:15 AM
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