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F4U-4 Corsair Part 2


1/32 scale


Cutting Edge Decals



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

CED32057 F4U-4 Corsair Part 2

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: Double-sided full color letter-sized instructions plus notes; 1 full-size decal sheet.
Price: USD$9.99 from Meteor Productions website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Unique new subject; great artwork; sharp printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet on the aircraft
Disadvantages: Uncertain markings require judgment call from builder; only enough national markings for one airplane.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rafe Morrissey

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




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 the future.

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.)

Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
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Review Copyright © 2004 by Rafe Morrissey
This Page Created on 28 September, 2004
Last updated 30 September, 2004

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