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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Pacific Monograph PMAVI-008 & PMAVI-009
Fresh/Not-So-Fresh Kuomintang Chinese Roundels
1:48 Scale


In 1911, a new insignia started to appear representing Revolutionary China under Sun Yat-Sen and Chang Kai-Shek.  It was the “Blue Sky with a White Sun” emblem, first used in the Wuchang Uprising and later it became the symbol of the Kuomintang party.  In 1924, the Whampoa Military Academy adapted the logo as a national insignia marking for their aircraft.  Twelve rays surround the solar disk at center, each representing the months of the year, the concept of progress, and the reach of the revolution “like sunlight.”  Even today, the symbol persists as the symbol of the Nationalist Chinese.

During WWII, the insignia was applied to Chinese aircraft, including the famous P-40s of the Flying Tigers.  Pacific Monograph produces two sets of Kuomintang roundels:  PMAVI-008 and PMAVI-009.  The first set includes 84 decals spanning ten different sizes of the insignia that represent original 1:1 roundels that were between 8 inches and 72 inches in diameter.  There is also a handy chart instructing the scale modeler which decal version (A thru J) matches up with which original size.  The sheet is aimed squarely at 1:48 scale, BUT – many of these can be used in 1:32 and 1:72 scales as well.

The blue in the Kuomintang roundel famously faded following exposure to the sun, so the second sheet here (PAMAVI-009) includes the same number of decals and the same print layout, but the blue is a lighter, mid-blue hue.     

Both of these sets represent great sets of decals.  Their design and print quality is excellent.  Everything is sharp, in perfect register, and carrier film is thin and tightly restrained.  In short, these look like great decals.  And, I do believe if one is so inclined, these nationalist insignias can probably be adapted to post WWII-use as well (Taiwanese F-104s came immediately to mind).     

We extend our sincere thanks to Burl Burlingame of Pacific Monograph for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web and find this and many other products at their webstore: http://www.pacmonoshop.com/catalog/index.php.  They are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacmonosop/ and you can email them at pacmonoshop@gmail.com

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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