48-702 is the first of two new sheets that provide
markings for the Hawker Sea Fury.
The sheet carries markings for three machines from
three different nations. The individual aircraft and their markings are
Fury FB 11, No 541 of the Fuerza del Ejercito (Cuban Army Air
Force) Base Militar, Columbia, La Habana, Cuba in 1957. The machine is
in overall natural metal finish with a black anti-glare panel and the
forward part of the cowling and spinner in yellow. The supplied
Large 541 serial
for both sides of the fuselage.
FAEC titles and
aircraft number for the fin.
Large FAEC titles
for the upper starboard wing and the lower port wing.
in four places.
for the rudder – supplied as one-piece decals for both sides of the
of the most well-known Sea Furies ever. WJ232 as flown by Lieutenant
Michael (Hoagy) Carmichael of 802 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. The markings
depict the machine from August 1952 when it was aboard HMS Ocean off the
coast of Korea during its first tour. Lieutenant Carmichael was
credited with shooting down a Mig15 whilst flying this aircraft. The
aircraft is in the standard Fleet Air Arm camouflage scheme of extra
dark sea grey over sky with an extra dark sea grey spinner. The
supplied markings comprise:
Type D national
insignia in six places. These are supplied with the red centres as
separate decals to counter register problems – none on my sample.
Royal Navy titles.
Black and white
theatre bands incorporating the 114 Fleet Number.
WJ232 serial for the under sides of the wings.
Base Letter O –
signifies the carrier HMS Ocean.
Pilot and ground
crew names in white.
final option is a Fokker built (under licence) Sea Fury FB 50 of the
Royal Netherlands Navy (Kon Marine). This machine also wears the
standard Fleet Air Arm camouflage scheme as the previous option. The
supplied markings comprise:
in six places.
Kon Marine titles.
The numbers 6, 3
and 1 for either sides of the fuselage.
The numbers 31 for
both sides of the cowling.
real plus with these two sheets is that a very substantial set of is
supplied. This data is very evident on Fleet Air Arm machines so it is
very much welcomed. Stencil data and manufacturer's logos are also
supplied for each of the five propeller blades and the drop tanks.
Other welcome items are the decals that simulate the louvered panels on
the undersides of the wing. These are missing on the Hobbycraft kit and
would be a real bear to try and simulate in 1/48 scale, and the decals
that simulate the underwing navigation lights again, missing on the
placement guide is A-4 in size and it shows full colour left-hand side
profiles of all three options as well as plan views of the tops and
bottoms of the wings, and comprehensive drawings to guide to the
placement of stencil data.
decals themselves have been "Printed in Mexico". Everything is in
perfect register and sharply printed. The reproduction of the 802
Squadron is especially well done as it is very small and complex
comprising four different colours yet is still in perfect register.
decals and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
suggested kit is the Hobbycraft one – the only injected one in town!
All said and done though it is not too bad a kit really as it provides a
good outline but lacks details. The aftermarket has taken up the cudgel
though and resin, photo-etch and white metal detail sets abound for this
only things really missing from this, as well as the other Sea Fury
sheet are the black and white theatre bands. AeroMaster gives you the
fuselage ones so why not the wing ones?
The placement guide alludes to the fact that the Mig shoot down was
really a group effort and that Lieutenant Carmichael was awarded the
credit for it as he was the flight's
commander on that day. For another view of the story of what happened
that day, go to