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Post Korean War Sabres

Part II

 

1/48 scale

Aeromaster

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-700 Post Korean War Sabres Part II
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Price: May vary according to place of purchase (USD$10 if purchased directly from AeroMaster)
Review Type: Preview
Advantages: Good colour reference sheet; perfect register, thin carrier film, interesting subjects; national markings take speed brakes into account; comprehensive data markings on an included sheet; great theatre markings.
Disadvantages: Only sufficient markings for one full aircraft
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster's "Post Korean War Sabres Part II"
are available online from
Squadron.com
 

FirstLook



48-700 from AeroMaster is the second issue in a trilogy of sheets covering the F-86F Sabres of the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing when they were stationed at Osan Air Force Base, Korea between 1956 and 1957. 

This sheet provides markings for two machines, one from the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron with the other from the 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron. 

Both aircraft are in overall natural metal finish with yellow and black Theatre markings and squadron trim colours to the nose, tail and canopy rails blue for the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron and yellow for the 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron. 

The individual machines are as follows: 

52-4537 Ruby Ann of the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron flown by Lieutenant R.C. Mason.  The provided markings are:

  • Black lightning bolts that borders the blue nose of the squadron trim (which you have to paint yourself and match the blue of the tail markings.)  The lightning bolts are provided oversize on the bottom so that they will fit on the Hasegawa and Academy kits.  You will have to trim these yourself.

  • 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron insignia.

  • Pilot name for the canopy rail.

  • The Name Ruby Ann in red with two four-leaf clovers

  • Three white stars for the wing fence.  You will have to paint the wing fence blue first.

  • The blue tail squadron trims.  These are one-piece decals that that incorporate a black lightning bolt and white stars as well as the aircraft's serial number.  There is an errata sheet provided for this marking.  This sheet contains a new serial number in a slightly different font so you will have to carefully slice the serial from the larger marking.

  • FU-537 "Buzz numbers".  These markings are in two parts to enable you to place them on the open speed brakes.

  • US AIR FORCE titles.

52-4386 of the 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron.  The provided markings are:

  • Black lighting bolts to the nose with small white stars to their leading edges same as the first option, oversize to allow them to fit to both the Academy and Hasegawa (the recommended kits).   Again, you will have to paint the yellow squadron trim yourself.

  • 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron insignia.

  • FU-386 "Buzz numbers" in two parts as well.

  • The yellow tail squadron trims.  Again, these are one-piece decals that that incorporates a black lightning bolt and white stars.

  • US AIR FORCE titles.  The titles for the this machine are a little different than the previous one as they have different "stencil breaks"

Some of the decals will have to be shared between the options read you can only make one aircraft from this sheet. 

Having said that though AeroMaster do provide a very comprehensive set of stencil data on a separate sheet whilst a single set of USAF wing titles, yellow theatre markings and national insignia are provided on the main sheet.   

The national insignia is supplied in a fragmented form so you can apply it on open speed brakes.  Two different types of nose radome are also supplied in decal form.  These are great as they include a thin silver surround to them to save you the hassle of masking.   

The placement guide is A4 in size and contains full colour profiles of both machines as well as diagrams to aid in the placement of the comprehensive stencil data. 

The decals themselves have been "Printed in Mexico".  They are thin, sharp and clear and have a minimum of decal film surrounding each subject which is a consideration as they will be applied over a natural metal finish. 

The placement guide and the three decal sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip loc bag. 

An excellent sheet that provides markings that will result in a couple of very colourful machines. 

To me, the theatre markings and stencil data alone are worth the price of this sheet.

Recommended.

Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 February, 2005
Last updated 17 February, 2005

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