S u m m a r y
CED32075 - A-7E Corsair
II, VA-72 Blue Hawks, Desert Storm CAG Bird
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Unique aircraft markings;
great artwork; sharp printing; perfect
register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet
on the aircraft
Reviewed by Floyd Werner
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Get ready! The release of Trumpeter's 1/32 scale A-7E Corsair II is
bound to bring on a flood of new decals. And bring em on I say!
CED32075 from Cutting Edge Modelworks is their second release for
the Trumpeter kit and it covers a single machine, the VA-72 "Blue
Hawks" A-7E Corsair II (Bureau Number 160552) CAG bird from
their Desert Storm cruise aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in 1991.
Whilst any squadron's CAG bird wears more distinctive markings than
her squadron sisters, the two-tone brown camouflage scheme worn by
Bureau Number 160552 was very distinctive to say the least.
From what I have read on the internet and in the references that I
have, I understand that the machine came aboard the USS John F.
Kennedy in the same overall grey scheme as the other VA-72 A-7s but
was repainted towards the end of the cruise. Whether the repainting
was to celebrate the end of the squadron's Desert Storm offensive
operations, the on-coming retirement of the A-7, or even the
Squadron's disbandment I don't know, but the efforts of VA-72's
Corrosion Control Team is certainly memorable and this machine
readily comes to the fore whenever the subject of Desert Storm nose
art comes up.
The sheet's accompanying information page advises that the browns
used to paint the aircraft were specially mixed but were approximate
to FS31575, the lighter of the two browns, with FS30140 the darker.
Click on the
thumbnails below to view larger images:
Speaking of accompanying information, the placement guide is a real
beauty. It provides complete full colour drawings of both sides of
the fuselage as well as plan views of the upper and lower surfaces
of the wings, horizontal stabilisers and fuselage. These
illustrations (by Tom Tullis?) are well done indeed and compare
favourably to photographs of the one-to-one-scale version.
The supplied markings are complete and again, compare favourably to
the many and readily available photographs of this historic
The decals themselves look to have been printed by Superscale. No
problems here, they are sharply printed, thin and in perfect
register (not hard when they are all in black!).
The placement guide, the small information page, and the decal sheet
come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
Make no mistake; this sheet will result in a stunning model that
will stand out amongst everything else on a competition table. It
is well researched, produced and packaged product from Cutting Edge
Images of this machine abound but by far the best I have seen are at
the Defense Information website at:
The images show both sides of the aircraft as well as an airborne
shot of the upper surfaces. You can also download hi-res versions
of the pics which will assist you no end with weathering your 1/32
Also, if you are lucky enough to have it, the Osprey Publication's
book "Desert Warpaint" by Peter R. March contains colour images of
the machine with a nice big one of the nose on the front cover.
Cutting Edge Modelworks for
the review samples..
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website
Review Copyright © 2006 by Rodger Kelly
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