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Sea Furies

Part II

 

1/48 scale

Aeromaster

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-703 Sea Furies 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;
Disadvantages: Wing theatre stripes not included.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster's Sea Furies Part II is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook


 

48-703 is the second of two new sheets from AeroMaster that gives you markings for the Hawker Sea Fury.

The sheet carries markings for three machines, two Aussie ones and one from the Royal Netherlands Navy.  The individual aircraft and their markings are as follows: 

Sea Fury FB 51 10-2, a Fokker built (under licence) machine of 860 Squadron Royal Netherlands Navy in 1950.  The aircraft is in early the early Sea Fury camouflage scheme of low demarcation extra dark sea grey over sky with a sky spinner.  The supplied markings comprise:

  • National insignia in six places.

  • Fin flashes.

  • Kon Marine titles.

  • The numbers 10 and 2 for either sides of the fuselage.

Sea Fury FB 11 WH589 of 724 Squadron Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.  The markings depict the machine as it appeared in 1953.  The machine is in overall oxford blue with a white spinner (the placement guide shows it as silver) and a white canopy frame and all of its markings in white.  The supplied markings comprise:

  • National insignia in six places.  These are poorly done as the kangaroo looks more like the fat-arsed wombat we have seen used by decal manufacturers ever since Esci first started producing them in their early kits!

  • WH589 serial.

  • Base Letters NW signifies Naval Air Station Nowra.

  • Large Navy titles.

  • 115 Fleet Number.

Much has been written about this aircraft and decals for it have been produced by other companies as well.  The constant theme is that they all wore the same basic overall oxford blue scheme but with different details at different times.  The spinner has been noted as white, red and silver as well as oxford blue.  The canopy from (sliding portion) has also been seen as white as well as oxford blue.  I guess it all comes back to the old modelling adage model the machine to the photographs you have of it. 

The final option is VX730 of 805 Squadron Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm.  The markings depict the machine when it was aboard HMAS Sydney during the Korean War.  The aircraft is in the standard Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm camouflage scheme of extra dark sea grey over sky with a red spinner.  RAN aircraft sourced from the UK retained the RN Fleet Air Arm camouflage during this conflict and for a long time after.  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.

  • RAN titles.

  • Black and white theatre bands incorporating the 109 Fleet Number and VX730 serial number.  The reproduction of the way the numbers have been applied over/on the theatre bands really is excellent and it faithfully replicates the 1 to 1 scale version.

  • Fragmented large VX730 serial for the under sides of the wings.

  • Base Letter K signifies the carrier HMAS Sydney.

  • 805 squadron insignia.

A 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 (there is a photo of VX730 running up aboard HMAS Sydney on page 40 of the Robert F. Dor/Warren Thomson book The Korean Air War and it clearly shows the extent of the stencil data 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 kit. 

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. 

The decals themselves have been "Printed in Mexico".  Everything is in perfect register and sharply printed. 

The decals and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

The 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 kit. 

The 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? 

Recommended.

Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples


Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 06 March, 2005
Last updated 06 March, 2005

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