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CED48193 - A-4M/A-4KU Skyhawks
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Three interesting subject
options; national markings split to fit over kit features; painted
rudder trim, wing walkways and tailhook markings supplied as
decals; good instructions; reference sources, FS colour
equivalents and model paints quoted.
||Purchase of additional resin
conversion parts required if these options to be used on Hasegawa
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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This is a new decal release containing some
late model Skyhawks from Cutting Edge. CED48193 provides markings for
a single USMC machine as well as two Kuwait Air Force aircraft.
The USMC option is “Viper”, an A-4M, Bureau number 160024. The
aircraft is depicted when it carried the retirement scheme markings of
VMA-131 Diamondbacks in August of 1994. This Scooter is finished in
gull grey and white but is bought alive with the black and yellow
markings of the Diamondbacks.
You must paint the rudder black but the yellow trim that was on the
rudder’s reinforcement ribs is provided as a decal – a good move by
Cutting Edge as masking and painting these little ribs is a very time
consuming task and as well as an exercise in patience.
The Airwing identifier “QG”, Diamondbacks and MARINES titles, “last
four” of the Bureau number, double zero, and names of the CO and
Marine Air Group commander are all black, edged with yellow.
There are two sets of black, with yellow diamonds “sashes”, one set
for the fuselage sides and a smaller set for the 400-gallon tank that
was carried on the centreline station. USMC emblems are also provided
for the tank (This tank is not provided in the Hasegawa kit but is
available separately from Cutting Edge as CEC48403).
There are two large badges provided. One for each side of the fuselage
with the left one being the squadron badge whilst the other is the
squadron’s 50th Anniversary badge.
Six stars and bars are provided. Two of them are in two parts so that
you can apply them to open airbrakes. I guess the extra two are
“spares”. A pair of black wingwalks, a black striped tailhook decal,
intake warnings, and rescue arrows round out the markings for this
option. Curiously, there are no ejection seat triangles. The decal
placement guide does not show them either so I’d guess that they
weren’t on the one-to-one scale example. Be aware that you need to
convert the Hasegawa A-4E/F to –M standards using the Cutting Edge
Conversion, CEC48401 A-4M Airframe Conversion, if you want to
replicate this aircraft.
The next option is for an A-4KU from 9 Squadron, Free Kuwait Air Force
whilst based at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia between August 1990 and
March 1991. Looking very much like it is assigned to a USN aggressor
squadron, the aircraft is finished in a two-tone brown desert scheme
with light grey undersides. Markings are minimal so as not to
compromise the camouflage with the only colour being provided by the
Saudi flag on the fin, the red of the intake warnings and ejection
seat triangles as well as the yellow of the rescue arrows. If you want
to add this –KU to your Skyhawk shelf then you need to modify the
Hasegawa A-4E/F kit using the Cutting Edge resin conversion (CEC483333
– A-4KU Airframe Conversion)
The last option is also a Kuwait Air Force machine, a TA-4KU again,
from 9 Squadron. The airframe is also finished in the same colours as
the previous machine. The instruction sheet states that the TA-4KU is
very similar to the USMC OA-4M so you need to track one of the
Monogram OA-4M kits (currently out of production) if you want to use
these markings. The instruction sheet also advises you that this
aircraft was manufactured with the bulged “Super Fox” intakes and that
they are available from Cutting Edge as a resin conversion (CEC48316).
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Decal placement is guided by Cutting Edge’s standard full-colour
double-sided A-4 sized sheet. A further sheet provides very
comprehensive notes for each option as well as a FS 595 colour
cross-reference for each of the colours needed to paint your kit.
Cutting Edge is certainly courageous in their choice of subjects. Each
of the options on this sheet require the purchase of further resin
conversion sets which will certainly limit its appeal to the average
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