Pheon Decals | #32042: 1/32 Decals for the Wingnut Wings Hannover Cl.II
Reviewed by James Fahey
1/32 Decals for the Wingnut Wings Hannover Cl.II
#32042 from Pheon Decals
‘First Look’ review by James Fahey.
Pheon Decals will be well known to most WWI modellers by now. I love that sense of excitement when a package from Tremesay, France arrives in the letterbox. Pheon’s decal sets never fail to impress.
I well remember building the Airfix Hannover kit in 1/72 when I was a teenager, and agonising over the printed camouflage fabric finish and markings for only *one* aircraft. Now that the superb Wingnut Wings is out, building it will be a pleasant trip down memory lane with a lavish choice of markings.
In this release there are markings for *twelve* Hannover Cl.II aircraft:
- 13080/17 (unit unknown). The cartoon-like figure is rather unusual and eye-catching.
- Serial unknown, Schlasta 12, March 1918. Note the sash marking is not a chevron but continues forward over the fuselage.
- 9338/17 Schlasta 24b, Sgt Zitzelsberger & Vzfw. Muller, March 1918
- 9390/17 Schusta 30b, March 1918
- 13282/17 Schlasta 31b, Vzfw. Peez & Gefr. Lang, May 1918
- 132??/17 Schlasta 16 May 1918
- 9387/17 Schusta 19, December 1917
- Serial unknown, Schusta 27b December 1917. Dan San Abbott described this marking as a “stylised dragonfly” in his book ‘Schlachtflieger!’ which seems a bit of a stretch given how unclear the photo is.
- 9301/17 Schusta 12, Flg. Karl Romann & Vzfw. Georg Winkler January 1918
- 13181/17 Fl. Abt. (A) 226, Vzfw. Willy Engler & Ltn. Alfred Kuerman
- 13253/17 Schlasta 34, May 1918
- 218 Polish Air Service
Rowan has been scrupulous with his selection of Hannover markings, a number of interesting options were passed over as they belonged to the virtually identical Hannover Cl.IIIa.
The late Dan-San Abbott had promulgated the view in his “Schlachtflieger!” book and on The Aerodrome forum that the upper flying surfaces of the Hannover Cl.II were covered in the light 5 colour lozenge (usually reserved for the underside) and that the under surfaces were covered in clear doped linen, not 5 colour lozenge. I do not recall any hard evidence for this view but it is interesting that the photo on page 27 of the WNW instruction booklet and page 11 of the Datafile shows no lozenge shapes on the underside. Fabric covering for the Hannover Cl.III and Cl.IIIa were of the normal dark & light lozenge patterns according to Dan-San.
Things I Liked
- Accurate depiction of the historical font used for the serial numbers (unlike some other decal manufacturers)
- It's nice to get so many markings options in a set (the price would not be significantly less for fewer options)
- Historical research and references as we have come to expect from Pheon
- The usual excellent full colour decal placement guides
- Top quality decal production by Fantasy Printshop
Things that Could be Improved
Only a small nitpick, it’s all good really. The larger polygons on the fuselage should have softer edges, but as Rowan points out in the instruction booklet, the artwork in the Wingnut Wings instruction booklet may better illustrate the appearance of the various possible fuselage finishes.
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Cost £15.00 plus postage and packing as follows:
Within European Union: £3.60 per shipment which takes (on average) 3 working days.
To Rest of the world: **: £4.95 per shipment which takes (on average) 7 working days.
Sabine notes that delivery to the USA is being delayed by additional security check by Homeland / Customs, adding sometimes 3 weeks to the 2 it normally takes.
**Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines:
- Up to 450gm (3 sets on average) and up to £50.00 in value: £11.00 RECORDED
- Up to 750gm and up to £110.00 in value: £14.00 RECORDED
- Up to 1000gm and up to £140.00 in value: £16.00 RECORDED
As the P&P takes into account weight, Pheon will prepare the order send the invoice with the correct P&P.
While not as colourful as the German fighter markings, the German two-seaters did sport a variety of unit styles and individual markings, of which Pheon have provided an excellent selection.
For those modellers wanting to finish their WNW Hannovers in something a bit different, then this set is just the ticket. I love the quality of Pheon’s decal sets and am sure modellers will find this one inspirational for building the Wingnut Wings kit.
Thanks to Rowan Broadbent for providing the decals for this review.
© James Fahey 2013
This review was published on Sunday, August 18 2013; Last modified on Wednesday, February 07 2018