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CED32056 F4U-4 Corsair
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full color
letter-sized instructions plus notes; 1 full-size decal sheet.
Meteor Productions website
||Unique new subject; great
artwork; sharp printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal
placement guide; information sheet on the aircraft
||Disputed markings require
judgment call from builder
Reviewed by Rafe Morrissey
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge Modelworks CED32056 provides markings for three
F4U-4 Corsairs. Given the lack of kits of this model of the Corsair
in 32nd scale, few markings for –4s have been available up to now.
In response to the release of the 1/32 Trumpeter F4U-4, Cutting Edge
has rectified that situation with the release of the first in a
series of decals for this important and attractive variant of the
famous bent-wing bird.
The first is for a Honduran Air Force F4U-4B that saw action in
the 1969 “Soccer War” with El Salvador.
The remaining two options are for two historically significant F4U-4
Corsairs. The first represents that flown by Ens. Jesse L. Brown,
the U.S. Navy’s first african american naval aviator. The markings
are for the aircraft in which Ens. Brown was shot down while
providing ground support near the Chosin Reservoir in December,
The final aircraft is that flown by LTjg. Thomas Hudner who was
awarded the Medal of Honor for belly landing this airplane next to
Ens. Brown and attempting to extricate the mortally wounded pilot
from his own crashed Corsair.
As usual, the decal sheet is crisply printed and in perfect
register. Enough markings are provided to do the Honduran Corsair
and either one of the two Navy airplanes.
A separate instruction sheet is included which provides a brief
overview of the aircraft represented and discusses specific issues
with the markings that remain unclear to this day. For example, the
modex for Ens. Brown’s Corsair is unclear and at a certain point the
squadron number below the NAVY insignia was painted out. Decals for
the two options for Brown’s airplane are included on the sheet so
the builder can make his or her own choice.
NOTE: The armament configuration for the F4U-4B was different
from the standard F4U-4. It consisted of two 20mm cannon in each
wing as opposed to the normal three .50 caliber machine guns. This
is noted in the instruction sheet, however, the builder should
consult detailed reference material as the location of shell
ejection ports and ammunition access doors differed between the two
airplane types. It will require a fair amount of work to make the
necessary modifications. Builders should also be aware that the
windscreen changed from a curved to a flat center panel at some
point in the F4U-4 production run. If total accuracy is desired, a
check of bureau number ranges for the flat windscreen Corsairs will
need to be performed and further conversion work done, if necessary.
The instructions and decals come packaged in the customary zip
All in all this release provides some exciting alternatives to
the kit decals in the recommended Trumpeter F4U-4 kit and carries on
the Cutting Edge tradition of quality.
(Note: The color of the decal sheet has been altered to allow the
many white markings to show up. The red in the national insignia and
other markings is correct and much lighter than in the scan.)
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Review Copyright © 2004 by Rafe Morrissey
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