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B-26B Marauder



Cutting Edge Decals


1/48 scale



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

CED48116 - B-26B Marauder

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Double-sided full colour letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
Price: USD$8.99 from Meteor Productions website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Unique aircraft markings; great artwork; sharp printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet on the aircraft
Disadvantages: No stencil data
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




Cutting Edge Modelworks CED48116 provides markings for three 8th Air Force B-26B Martin Marauders. 

Each aircraft bears the standard early war finish of olive drab over neutral grey. 

First up is 41-31765, 'Fightin' Cock' of the 450th Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group based at Andrews Field, Essex in 1944.  The supplied markings comprise:

  • Nose art consisting of a cartoon rooster's head with the words 'Fightn' Cock' in yellow and a scoreboard of yellow bombs.  This is a two piece decal with a separate thin black outline for the words 'Fightn' Cock'.

  • Grey ER squadron, and X 'aircraft in squadron' codes.

  • Yellow 41-31765 aircraft serial.

Next is 42-95864, 'Valkyrie' of the 497th Bomb Squadron, 344th Bomb Group based at Stansted, Essex in January 1944.  Her markings comprise:

  • Nose art consisting of a reclining nude on a maroon background with the words 'Valkyrie' in maroon with a yellow border.  These markings are in four parts with the name supplied as separate maroon and yellow decals, the nude herself, and the maroon background for the nude

  • Grey 71 squadron and B 'aircraft in squadron' codes.

  • Yellow 42-95864 aircraft serial.

  • White triangle Group identification marking.

The final option is 41-18054, 'Jezabelle' of the 452nd Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group based at Andrews Field, Essex in 1944.  The markings comprise: 

  • Nose art consisting of a swimsuit clad blonde riding a bomb and the words 'Jezabelle' in yellow with a black border.

  • Grey DR squadron and H 'aircraft in squadron' codes.

  • Yellow 41-18054 aircraft serial.

A single set of national insignia is provided and there is no stencil data whatsoever.  The decals themselves look as if they have been printed by Microscale. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows left hand side colour profiles of each aircraft as well as a generic top view of a single aircraft. 

As per Cutting Edge's normal practice, there is a smaller instruction sheet provided.  This sheet contains short notes on each aircraft, a cross match of readily available model paints for olive drab and neutral grey, as well as bibliography. 

The placement guide, note sheet and the decals themselves are all packed into a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

Monogram/Revell is the recommended kit. 

This is a timely issue from Cutting Edge as the 1/48 scale Revell (previously Monogram) kit has just been re-issued. 


Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website

Review Copyright 2001 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 10 November, 2002
Last updated 10 November, 2003

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