The Paquisha War was a brief military clash that took place between January and February 1981 between Ecuador and Peru over the control of three watchposts. While Peru felt that the matter was already decided in the Ecuadorian-Peruvian War of 1941, Ecuador did not agree with the Rio de Janeiro Protocol. Later in 1998 the Guarantors of the Rio Protocol ruled that the border of the un-delimited zone was indeed the line of the Cordillera del Cóndor, as Peru had been claiming since the 1940s.
In 1980 the Ecuadorian Army had set up in the Comaina valley, to the east of the Condor mountain range, inside the disputed border zone, which was claimed by Peru. The clash ended with a ceasefire, with three Ecuadorian bases destroyed and the Peruvian Army in control of most of the area.
In the aftermath of the incident, both sides increased their military presence along the Cordillera del Cóndor area and Cenepa Valley, starting an escalating spiral of tension and provocation that finally resulted in another military confrontation in 1995, the Cenepa War.
While the name Paquisha War is widely use by the international community and Ecuador, in Spanish this incident is also known as the Falso Paquisha War in Peru and, occasionally, as the Paquisha Incident.
The Fuerza Aérea del Peru (FAP) flew many sorties with A-37B, Mirage 5P and Su-22 to support these operations. The FAE flew 179 combat missions with A-37B and Mirage F-1 aircraft to counter the FAP attacks. On January 28, 1981 there was a dogfight between 2 A-37Bs of the FAE and FAP.
Firstly these are not new but may be new for a lot of people, coming from a manufacture in Mexico, this sheet has a copyright of 1999. The decals are all on one sheet slightly smaller than A5 in size and come in a zip lock bag together with the instruction sheet, this set covers four aircraft types namely the Mirage F-1 JA, A37B Dragonfly, S.A. Alouette III and BAE Strikemaster Mk.89. The colours look correct in comparison too photos I have been able to find on the internet, while the decals appear to be in register the red looks out on the tail strips but the instructions also show this so maybe its correct? Some stencils are included for each aircraft with the no step (No Pise) being the main one included for all the aircraft.
This consists of one double sided A4 sheet in full colour featuring two of the aircraft types on each side with the Mirage, Dragonfly and Strikemaster getting three view treatment while the Alouette only makes do with port or starboard for each option. The sheet requires careful reading as there is a few options spotted around on the sheet for sister aircraft from the same squadrons and other small differences in time frames like marking that in one month where both sides of the air intakes but next, one was removed and placed on the tail instead.
The colour for each aircraft are listed by name and FS / BS number codes as appropriate, with two exceptions for the Alouette which are the orange and red.
The instructions list the recommended kits for each type but some of these may be hard to find like the Fujimi Alouette kit.
The Mirage F-1 JA (recommended Esci / Italeri)
• FAE806 of Escuadron de Caza 2112 flown by Capt Carlos Uzcategui finished in Dark Green FS24096 and Brownish Green FS24201 over Gray FS 27722, one Peruvian Su-22 kill marking
• FAE807 of Escuadron de Caza 2112 flown by Raúl Banderas, finished in the same scheme as FAE806 above, and again one Peruvian Su-22 kill marking.
The A37B Dragonfly (recommended Monogram)
• FAE392 flown by Lt. Rodrigo Rojas and UnLt. Monolo Camacho from Manta AB, this is the ‘Famous’ Tiwintza survivor aircraft which after losing most of a wing to a Peruvian SA-7 brought the crew back home safe and was later repaired. This aircraft is finished in a wrap around scheme of Dark Green FS 34092, Green FS 34102 and Gray FS 36081.
• Other aircraft can be done from this sheet with information supplied as they had the tail numbers painted over with black triangles filled with yellow, these also applied to the wings as a way to recognize friend from foe as the Peruvian A37’s had a very similar camouflage.
S.A. Alouette III (recommended Fujimi)
• FAE398 White over Insignia Blue
• FAE367 Dark Green FS 24092
• FAE367 Dark Green FS 24092, Forest Green FS 24127, Tan FS 20475 over Light Gray FS 27722
• FAE397 as later version of FAE367
• FAE969 White over all with wide red band from cockpit to the tail
• ANE301 Navy Gray with Orange tail and forward main body / cockpit
BAE Strikemaster Mk.89 (recommended Aeroclub)
• FAE259 Escuadron de Combate ‘Halcones’ Manta AB, 1992
• FAE259 Escuadron de Combate ‘Halcones’ Simón bolivar. Guayaquil, October 1998
Both finished in Dark Green BS381C/641, Dark Sea Gray BS381C/638 over Light Gray FS 27722
Note here that of the options you cannot build them all as in many cases the you only get one set of serials (Strikemaster) or enough stencils national marking for one aircraft.
Highs: Nice colour and register, good choice of subjects. Lows: Question over the tail strips, lack of all round views on some of the camouflaged subjectsVerdict: An interesting collection of different aircraft and colour schemes that would add a different subject to any ones collection. Obtaining the recommended kit may be a challenge but that is not the fault of Aztec.
About Luciano Satornetti (Littorio) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
Ok, firstly I build what ever takes my fancy however I mainly build 1/350 WWII era ships mainly cruisers and any aircraft. However my favourite aircraft being the mighty Beaufighter, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Fw-190 and the Su-27 family. I also like wheeled armour like the Stryker and Centauro