Iliad Design 1/72 Unusual C-47s


Iliad Design has released a third decal sheet of C-47s after their Berlin Airlift and US ANG C-47 sheets. This sheet covers 4  aircraft, 3 from a time before National Guard markings were standardised on stars and bars. Prior to 1961 National Guard aircraft had markings depending on which state they were from.

The decal set (72020) arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. The subjects of this sheet are:

  • RCAF Dakota Mk III, 659 of 115ATU (AirTransport UNit) with the UN in Sinai about 1960
  • C-47B, 45-0884, operated by Carco Air Service.
  • C-53 (Troop transport version of C-47) had pilots from Northeast Airlines.
  • C-47 Military Air Attache: American Legation, Wellington, New Zealand late 1947.

The set contains just the aircraft-specific decals and you would use any stencils from the kit you’re using.

The contents of this set are:

  • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
  • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

The instruction sheet is well done and covers everything you need to know. The front of the instruction sheet shows the port sides of all 4 aircraft and a short description of them. It names all the colours used as well as giving you specific details about that particular aircraft to make sure it looks like the real thing. You can see the panel lines so you can use those to aid you in decal placement. The reverse of the sheet shows the top view of each aircraft and the decals underneath the wings are faintly displayed in this view so you can see where they are placed. There are also helpful images so you can convert a C-47 kit to a C-53.

The decal sheets, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register and the colours appear to be correct too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line things up in the text.

This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

This is a very nice decal set with some interesting options.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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