continues Cutting Edge's journey into the world of the early
X-aircraft and provides markings for the Bell X-1, 46-603 as
it appeared during its lifetime as a test aircraft.
provided enable you to reproduce the aircraft as it appeared
in its early, and mid flight schemes with the NACA wings on
the vertical stabilizer and finally in its late flight
scheme with the NACA wings replaced by the NASA scripts.
The scheme worn
during the X-1Es life was a simple one of overall gloss
white with natural aluminium flight surfaces and a black
anti-glare panel over the nose.
The changes in the
markings are minimal and are mainly confined to the addition
or deletion of stencil data and the inclusion of the name
"LITTLE JOE" and a pair of die in yellow for its mid and
late flight schemes. The late flight scheme also saw the
inclusion of a black tar-like material on the outer surfaces
of the wings. These areas were separated and Cutting Edge
has included thin strips of white decal to simulate the gap
between the panels.
themselves look like they have been produced by Microscale
such is their quality. Everything is in perfect register
and there is minimal carrier film surrounding each design.
Decal placement is
guided by an A-4 size guide that shows left and right side
profiles of the aircraft in its early and mid flight schemes
as well as a right hand side profile for the late flight
scheme. A single top view of the wings shows the chemical
sublimation black panels. To ease the identification of
stencil data each item on the decal sheet is numbered and
corresponds to a number on the placement guide. A minor
nitpick is the lack of the red "NO STEP" markings, shown on
the placement sheet but are not present on the decal sheet.
Be aware that no
out-of-the-box Bell X-1E kit exists. To reproduce one you
will first have to purchase a Bell X-1 kit in your chosen
scale and then convert it to X-1E specs using the Cutting
Edge resin conversion set. An expensive route but you will
be rewarded with a unique model in the end.
Although this review
uses the 1/32 scale sheet as its basis the same sheet is
available in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.
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