Cutting Edge Decals
S u m m a r y
CED48195 - A-4M Skyhawks
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Two colourful subject
options; national markings split to fit over kit features; wing
walkways and tailhook markings supplied as decals; good
instructions; reference sources, FS colour equivalents and model
||Some tricky painting and
masking on fin and rudder; purchase of additional resin conversion
parts required if these options to be used on Hasegawa kit.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Cutting Edge presents more late model Skyhawks.
CED48195 provide markings that allow you to depict two brightly marked
United States Marine Corps Scooters.
First is A-4M, Bureau number 158192d at the time it was assigned to
VMAT-102 “Skyhawks”. In the standard gull grey and white scheme with a
bright red fin and VMAT–102’s red “Skyhawks” for the sides of the
fuselage. Other markings include the MARINES and squadron titles as
well as the nose modex and SC airwing identifiers. The last item is
black with a white “shadow”. If you choose this option then you will
have to paint the entire vertical fin red. A simple task really as you
can simply follow the engraved panel lines. Where it does get tricky
though is around the reinforcing ribs on the rudder. Persevere though
and you will have a very nice A-4 for your shelf.
Next option is A-4M, Bureau number 160262 – A Super Mike that was
assigned to VMA-331 “Killer Bees”. Again, this Scooter is in the
standard gull grey and white scheme but this time the fin is black
with the spaces between the rudder’s reinforcement ribs painted
yellow. MARINES titles, a two-part decal (yellow and black) 1st Marine
Air Wing titles for the avionics hump (on a second much smaller
sheet), black 000 modex for the nose and a smaller yellow set for the
tail, yellow VL Airwing Identifier and a large yellow and black Bureau
number round out the markings for the option. The yellow and black
Bureau number will test your masking skills as the top half is yellow
to show over the black fin and the bottom half is black to show over
the gull grey.
Basic airframe markings are provided for each aircraft. They include a
set of stars and bars with one pair being in two parts so that you can
apply them over opened airbrakes, red intake warnings, red ejection
seat triangles, two-part yellow rescue arrows and rescue instructions,
open and closed canopy lock rectangles. There is also a single black
tailhook stripe as well as a single set of black wingwalks.
Decal placement advice is provided via a full colour double sided A-4
sheet and a single sided sheet provides very comprehensive notes for
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Cutting Edge recommend using the Hasegawa A-4E/F kit along with the
Cutting Edge resin conversions to update the kit to –M standards
CEC4801 - A-4M Airframe Conversion for the VMAT-102 option, and
CEC48402 – A-4M “Super Mike” Conversion for the VMA-311 option.
Both of these conversions are very, very
nice but to be truthful, should you take this route it will be an
expensive way of adding a couple of –Ms to you collection. Knowing
that Hasegawa like to eke as much as they possibly can out of their
moulds I would not be surprised if we see a –M from them...
eventually. In the meantime though, if you don't want to buy the
conversions, with a bit of research you can use the basic squadron
markings provided on this sheet to replicate earlier model A-4s flown
by these two squadrons.
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