Friday, June 21

Decal Review: Sexy Spitfires in 48th scale from Exito Decals

Spitfires are always popular with modellers - especially 72nd and 48th scale versions - and Exito has these two scales covered in their new decal release. Gary Wickham has taken a look at them in his review in today's news...

Decal Review Sexy Spitfires 
Set No# ED48003
1:48th scale
Manufacturer: Exito Decals
Reviewed: June 2019
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Exito was originally founded in 2008 as an internet hobby shop. In 2010, they expanded by launching a brick and mortar store in Cracow, Poland, and soon achieved a strong position within the domestic modelling market. Initially via an Ebay shop and more recently via an English version of their website, Exito has slowly but surely expanded internationally.

Exito produces their decal sets in both 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.

The layout of the sheet
What you get are essentially high-quality colour prints with accurate and inspiring illustrations created by Janusz Swiatlon. Each subject is presented on 200gsm heavyweight paper in A4. Large side aircraft profiles are printed on the front, and the remaining artwork, photos and all necessary information laid out on the rear side.

A look at the sheet with the light showing the thickness of the decal and an example of the carrier film
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 Marking Choices:
The first decal set is entitledSupermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb-VIII-IXe Sexy Spitfires and includes markings for three aircraft:
Spitfire LF Mk.Vb (EN921), coded YO-A of No. 401 Sqn RCAF, flown by F/O Jack Sheppard, Redhill / Staplehurst / Biggin Hill, UK, July-October 1943
Spitfire LF Mk.VIII (MT841), coded U of No. 2 Sqn RIAF, Kohat, British India, spring 1946
Spitfire LF Mk.IXe (TA864), coded LW-L of No. 318 (Gdanski) Sqn RAF, flown by P/O Zdzislaw Uchwat, Risano near Udine, Italy, May-June 1945
All aircraft feature sexy nose art which is rarely seen on Supermarine Spitfires. For the very first time, artwork and markings of MT841 are correctly reproduced in decal form...

CONCLUSION - Exito Decals 1:48 "Sexy Spitfires" (48003)
With this new release, the team at Exito continue to build their range of excellent decals covering interesting and varied subjects. The inclusion of the high-quality artwork and reference photos continues to be a differentiator for them in the market as the drawings and artwork are as much a reason to purchase as the decals themselves.

The decals are very well researched and I appreciate the inclusion of the reference photos & information for each subject. I believe that there is little historian inside every modeller and we like to know at least a little (some a lot) about the aircraft we pour so much effort into.

Gary Wickham

Thanks to the people at Exito Decals for sending these to Gary to review.