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|Contents and Media:
||USD$9.00 MSRP (USD$7.66
||Colourful markings; crisply
printed; perfect register; good instructions; decals fit perfectly
to Revell-Monogram kit.
||Limited stencil data
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster's 1/48 scale Colorful
Crusaders Part Six is available
online from Squadron.com
Here are some other F-8 Crusaders from AeroMaster and the
title is certainly descriptive of the contents of the sheet –
This sheet is the second of the two recently released sheets by
AeroMaster covering the Crusader. This time it provides markings for
two F-8s, one from the Atlantic fleet and the other a United States
Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft.
First is the USMC bird:
Bureau number 150852 as flown by a Captain Corbett of VMFA-33
“Fighting Shamrocks”. Finish is gull grey and white with a black
radome and fin cap as well as a (burnt) natural metal exhaust.
Markings consist of:
Green and white band on the vertical
stabilizer with VMFA-33’s green shamrocks over the white band.
Black DN airwing identifier and Bureau
number on the vertical stabilizer.
Black 7 modex for the nose and rudder.
Black MARINES titles, squadron titles and
Bureau number block for the rear fuselage.
Pilot’s name in black (stencil-style) for
the canopy rail.
Next is F-8U2NE (A decal review is not the place to try to explain
the designations applied to the Crusader. The best and most easily
understood reference for this would have to be the Squadron/Signal F-8
Crusader In Action book) Bureau number 149191 of VF-33 “Tarsiers”
depicted when she was aboard the USS Enterprise. Finish is also gull
grey and white with a black radome and fin cap. The markings are
pretty much consistent with the time period:
Black AF airwing identifier and “last
four” of the Bureau number for the fin. There is further AF for the
top of the right wing. The guys at AeroMaster were not sure that this
was applied to the real aircraft so have provided it as an option.
Black USS ENTERPRISE, NAVY titles,
squadron titles and Bureau number block for the fuselage.
Black 210 modex for the nose and wing top
with an abbreviated 10s for the vertical stabilizer and the ventral
VF-33’s squadron applied markings were comprehensive to say the
least! They consisted of yellow lightning bolts edged in black for the
fuselage sides with smaller ones for the ventral strakes as well as a
yellow painted rudder with six black stars. The wing tips also carried
the yellow and black treatment with solid black lightning bolts on a
yellow background. The good news is that all of these markings are
supplied as single-piece decals.
The decals have been printed by Cartograf in Italy. They are sharp,
clearly printed and in perfect register. The decal placement guide is
printed in full colour on both sides of an A-4 sized sheet. The
placement guide gives a list of suggested references as well as
advising you that you need to remove the ECM fairing from the Vertical
stabilizer. The decal sheet and placement guide are packed AeroMaster
style in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
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The suggested kit is the Revell/Monogram one. I have dry fitted the
decals against a Monogram kit that have in my stash and the critical
one – the rudder decal fitted perfectly.
There is one set of national insignia provided on this sheet. The one
for the left hand side of the fuselage is supplied in two pieces to
allow you to place the top half of it over the open in-flight
re-fuelling door if you opt to model it in the open position. Stencil
data is minimal with only the larger items being supplied.
A nice sheet from AeroMaster! Recommended