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Post Korean War Sabres

Part III


1/48 scale




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-701 Post Korean War Sabres Part III
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



48-701 is the final sheet in the trilogy 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 of the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron. 

Both aircraft are in overall natural metal finish with yellow and black Theatre markings and blue squadron trim colours to the nose, tail and canopy rails. 

The individual machines are as follows: 

52-4628, The Portland Rose, flown by Lieutenant R.B. Ochs.  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 (the recommended) kits.  You will have to trim these yourself.

  • 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron insignia.

  • Pilot name for the canopy rail.

  • The Name The Portland Rose in yellow with white shadowing.

  • 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.  As per the Part II sheet, 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-628 "Buzz numbers".  These markings are in two parts to enable you to place them on the open speed brakes.

  • US AIR FORCE titles.

52-4781, Violent Vim, flown by Lieutenant B.B. Huffman.  The provided markings are: 

  • Black lighting bolts for the nose same as the first option, oversize to allow them to fit to both the Academy and Hasegawa kits.   Again, you will have to paint the yellow squadron trim yourself. The squadron blue trim is a little different for this option as it is only applied to the intake.  This marking is edged in a thin black band which is also provided.

  • A thin blue band that encircles the nose diagonally.

  • 310th Fighter Bomber Squadron insignia.

  • FU-781 "Buzz numbers" in two parts as well.

  • Pilot name for the canopy rail.

  • The blue tail squadron trims.  This marking is supplied as yellow on the main sheet with a further (correct) blue set on the errata sheet.  Again, this marking is a little different from the first option as the blue is edged in black bands which are provided as a part of the one-piece errata decal.

  • Black 24781 serial.

  • US AIR FORCE titles.

As with the Part II sheet, you can only make one aircraft using the decals on this sheet. 

The same very comprehensive set of stencil data is provided a 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.  The nose radome decals 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.


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 18 February, 2005

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