Recent Rising Decals releases include two sets for the Nakajima E8N1/2 Type 95 'Dave' reconnaissance seaplane in 1/48 and 1/72 scale, plus two sets in the 'Unknown and Less Known Units' series for the Kawasaki Ki-32 'Mary' and Mitsubishi Ki-15 'Babs'.
Set RD48030 shown above and below is recommended for the 1/48 Hasegawa E8N1/2 kits and contains markings for four different aircraft as follows:-
- E8N2 '5-8' Houkoku 168 'Kamaishi Go' of the seaplane tender Chiyoda - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown kumogata style camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces but no location or date is mentioned
- E8N1 'ナチ(NaChi)-4' of the heavy cruiser Nachi during training west of Kyushu, Japan in April 1936 - the aircraft is in overall natural metal and silver dope with red fuselage band, red painted tailfin, rudder and tailplanes, a dark painted cowling, under surface and partial side surface to the main float and undersurfaces of the wing floats for which matt black is suggested.
- E8N1 'ヨハ (YoHa)-91' of the Yokohama Ku at Yokohama base, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces. No date is mentioned.
- E8N2 '1-5' Houkoku 208 'Dai Ni Chosen Bei Koku Go' of the armoured cruiser Izumo at Shanghai in 1939 - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces and has a white fuselage band.
Set RD 72088 shown above and below provides markings for no less than eight 'Dave' floatplanes and is recommended for the 1/72 RS Models kits. This sheet includes markings for the same four subjects as the 1/48 sheet plus the following additional subjects:-
- E8N2 'A1-2' Houkoku 352 'Dai Tokyo Tabako Go' of the battleship Nagato deployed to the Seto Inland Sea in October 1941 - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces and has a diagonal yellow fuselage band
- E8N1 '5-1' of the seaplane tender Kamoi deployed to the East China Sea during June and July 1938 - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces and has a white fuselage band
- E8N1 'アマ(AMa)-22' of the Amakusa Ku at Amakusa seaplane base, Shimoshima Island, Humamoto Prefecture, Japan in August 1945 - the aircraft is depicted in green and brown camouflage on the upper surfaces with grey under surfaces but is reported to have been in an extensively worn condition with dirty markings
- E8N1 '整練(SeiRen)-65' of the Yokosuka Ku maintenance training unit, Oppama airfield. Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan - depicted in overall natural metal and silver dope. No date is mentioned. SeiRen is an abbreviation for Seibi (整備 maintenance) and Rensei (錬成 training).
Set RD72090 shown above is a set of markings for a single subject 'Mary' of an unknown unit featuring a Samurai helmet insignia on the tailfin and rudder. The insignia includes a red flash above the helmet which is marked as optional. The rudder tab is marked in red and white stripes which will have to be painted. The aircraft is depicted in the tri-colour 'China' camouflage scheme on the upper surfaces for which Gunze Mr Color 16 IJA Green, 527 Khaki and 526 Brown are suggested. Under surfaces are depicted as 128 grey green. Recommended kits are the 1/72 Amodel or Xotic72/Aviation Usk unfortunately neither of which are accurate representations of this aircraft.
Set RD72091 shown above is a set of markings for a single subject 'Babs' featuring a large yellow arrow symbol on the cowling and fuselage. Three interpretations are depicted in the instructions including that shown in Model Art Profile 14 ('Army Ki-15 "Babs", Navy C5M, Kamikaze and Asakaze') as displaying a red arrow which would require the decal to be painted over. The red border will assist that endeavour. Upper surface camouflage is depicted as green and brown or a tri-colour scheme of green and brown with grey green as suggested in the Model Art book which states that the unit is Dokuritsu Hiko Dai 16 Chutai (Independent Flying No.16 Squadron). Again Mr Color 16 and 526 are suggested for the green and brown. Recommended kits are the 1/72 Hasegawa (ex-Mania) and Arii Microace (ex-LS).
The two 'Dave' sets offer interesting alternatives to the kit decals whilst the 1/72 sets are welcome additions to the Unknown and Less Known repertoire. With special thanks to Mirel of Rising Decals for providing the review samples.
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