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CP DC8 Decal (updated)
Canadian Pacific
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by: Is a secret [ JESSIE_C ]

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This review is an update to my original review. When the owner of Vintage Flyer Decals read it, he contacted me, discussed my concererns, and produced a set of supplemental decals to address the missing elements. Then he went further and included 4 sets of registrations which will be offered in all future decal sets. Vintage Flyer may be relied upon to offer the best products they can, and to update those products upon receipt of new information. Buy with confidence.


Canadian Pacific Airlines was formed from Canadian Airways and 9 other bush airlines by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in 1942. Canadian Pacific found itself immediately in competition with the Canadian Government's favourite, TCA, and throughout its history was always the underdog in the minds of the bureaucrats who administered commercial air routes serving Canada. CPA fought endlessly for a fair slice of Canada's airline business and specialised in routes to the Pacific Rim, Amsterdam and the North. CPA bought its DC-8s in 1961 and they immediately started service on the major international routes CPA served. The DC-8 was the flagship of the fleet until the 747 was introduced in 1973. In 1968, Canadian Pacific was rebranded to CP Air and the colour scheme was changed to its remarkable orange and red. CP was merged into Canadian Airlines in 1987 and finally disappeared into the insatiable maw of Air Canada in 2000, ending 58 years of faithful service.

First impressions

Vintage Flyer Decals is a cottage industry producer from California. The decals are printed on laser and ALPS printers for those colours the laser won't do (mostly white and silver). This allows Vintage Flyer a great deal of versatility in the colour schemes they can produce and uses the stengths of both printing methods to best advantage. This decal is intended to fit either the Revell kit (if it can be found) or a cut down Minicraft kit with Contrails engines (more on these engines below). The CPA DC-8 decal comes on seperate sheets, which I have arbitrarily numbered from 1 6 (with one alternate).

Sheet 1

This sheet contains the white underlays for those elements of the colour scheme that go on the bare metal portions of the aircraft. Careful attention must be paid when painting to ensure the divide between metal and white is in the correct location. The white is painted on a slight angle to match the cheatlines rather than parallel to the horizontal datum line.

Sheet 2

This sheet is the largest and most colourful. It contains the major elements of CPA's colour scheme in red, black and light grey. On this sheet are the cheatlines, titles, tail logos, registrations and windscreen. There are also decals for the airstairs which came in Revell's kit.

Sheet 3

This sheet has the cabin windows. They differ from right to left, so pay attention to the positioning instructions.

Sheet 4

This small sheet contains the metallic chafing plates that go around the tailplane mounts.

The next 3 sheets are included in the update set that Vintage Flyer supplied after this review was first published.

Sheet 5

This sheet contains the registration letters and ship names for the first 4 DC-8s delivered to CP Air: CF-CPF, Empress of Vancouver, CPG, Empress of Montreal, CPH, Empress of Winnipeg and CPI, Empress of Calgary. Also included is the temporary US registration CPG wore during its historical supersonic flight.

Sheet 6

This sheet contains the CANADIAN PACIFIC wing titles that were worn under the starboard wing on either side of the #3 engine pylon

These supplemental sheets are available upon request to anyone who has already purchased a set, and have already been incorporated into all future sets as standard.

Sheet 3 alternate

This sheet contains a set of cabin windows printed in black rather than the graduated grey provided on sheet 3. Vintage Flyer will happily provide windows in black upon request. Since the decals are printed to order, this causes them no difficulty.

final thoughts

These decals call for patience and care to ensure that they're layered correctly without slipping out of position. The CPA scheme requires the cheatline to wrap around the nose, always a difficult proposition. It is to be hoped that they will respond to setting solutuions without wrinkling or distorting. The nose will be the acid test for these decals.

DC-8 40s used Rolls Royce Conway engines. These are available from Airline Hobby Supplies. Apparently Contrails has discontinued these, so get them while they're still in stock.

The real thing

CF-CPF from a promotional post card.

CF-CPG was the first (and to date largest) airliner to exceed Mach 1.
Highs: Vintage Flyer's production system allows for obscure colour shcemes that major decal producers can't afford to make.Excellent customer service.
Lows: Multiple layers need extra care.
Verdict: An excellent decal that will make your DC-8 stand apart from the crowd.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:144
  Mfg. ID: VFD144-066
  Suggested Retail: US$14.99
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 22, 2011

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