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CED32057 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
||Uncertain markings require
judgment call from builder; only enough national markings for
Reviewed by Rafe Morrissey
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge Modelworks' CED32057 provides
markings for two F4U-4B 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 second in a series of decals for this important
and attractive variant of the famous bent-wing bird.
The first is for a Marine F4U-4B from VMA-332.
The remaining option is for a Navy F4U-4B from VF-113. I have
always thought the VF-113 markings to be some of the most attractive
late Corsair schemes so I was particularly happy to see one of their
aircraft included on this new sheet.
As usual, the decal sheet is crisply printed
and in perfect register. Sadly, only enough national insignia are
provided to do one aircraft. This is a departure from the first
release in this series that permitted the builder to do at least two
of the three aircraft on the sheet. Strangely, enough Hamilton
standard prop logos and stenciling are provided for two airplanes so
you’ll at least have some leftovers for your spares bin. It is a
minor complaint, but I personally found the first sheet in the
series with three aircraft, enough markings to do two schemes and
lower retail price to represent a better value.
A separate instruction sheet is included which
provides a brief overview of the aircraft represented and discusses
specific issues with the markings that are unclear. The bureau
number for the VF-113 Corsair is uncertain so Cutting Edge provides
a full range of numerals so the builder can take his or her own best
guess or wait to see if any new reference photos become available in
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. Hopefully, Cutting Edge will come
out with a conversion set to take care of these modifications (hint,
hint Dave!) 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 to identify 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 lock bag.
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 superior 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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