S u m m a r y
CED48179 - F-105 Fancy
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||sharp printing; perfect
register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet
on the aircraft
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge Modelworks
CED48179 provides decals for three F-105D Thunderchiefs to adorn the
Monogram 1/48 scale kits that we all have stashed away.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
First up is the well known
F-105D-31 RE 62-4364, “Pussy Galore II” flown by Captain Vic Vizcarra
of the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), 354th
Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) out of the Royal Thai Air Force Base,
Takhli, Thailand in October of 1966.
Paint finish is the standard
South East Asian (SEA) scheme of tan (FS 30219), light green (FS
34102) and dark green (FS 34079) over light grey (FS 36622). Markings
are pretty restrained and consist purely of small full colour national
insignia, white radio call numbers and small black USAFs for the
vertical stabilizer. What made “Pussy Galore II” famous of course
was the full colour pin up style girl that was painted on her nose.
She was placed so that her – um – private parts were situated on the
in-flight refuelling receptacle door. When the aircraft was fuelled by
a tanker in flight and the re-fuelling boom extended and made contact
it appeared that – er, um -well you can guess the rest!
Shameless hussy that she is,
Cutting Edge has at least made an attempt to preserve what dignity she
has left by supplying her as a two-part decal.
Next is F-105D-25-RE 61-0163
flown by Captain Dwight Bowles of the 562nd
TFS, 23rd TFW, also based at Takhli in 1965.
This jet is finished in the
overall aluminium lacquer finish with dark green antiglare and spine
(The instruction sheet states that it is FS 34092 but other references
I looked at stated that it was Olive Drab.) that Thuds wore before
they repainted in the SEA camouflage scheme.. Markings consist of a
red and white shark-mouth (thoughtfully supplied as two separate
decals to ease placement), red and white “eyes”, larger full-coloured
national insignia, red turbine warning stripe, Tactical Air Command
insignia for the fin (supplied with a white shadow to the lightning
bolt rather than a red one), black U.S. AIR FORCE for the fuselage,
larger USAFs for the wings (top right and bottom left), black radio
call numbers, also for the fin, red outline boxes for the in-flight
refuelling door (boom type refuelling) on the top of the fuselage and
the refuelling probe (drogue type) door on the side of the fuselage.
Rounding out the sheet is
F-105D-25-RE 61-0163 “Memphis Belle II” flown by Major Buddy Jones of
the 357th TFS, 355th TFW, based at Takhli in
1968 and now preserved in the US Air Force Museum.
“Memphis Belle” is also
finished in the SEA scheme. Her markings are fairly typical of Thuds
for the era. White RU unit identification and black and white radio
call numbers for the fin and small full colour national insignia,
yellow band around the nose, yellow canopy rails (you will have to
paint them yourself) with the pilot’s name in red, yellow air intake
“shoulders” with “Memphis Belle” painted on them in red, two campaign
ribbons (Unit Citations?), and the “Belle” herself in a blue bathing
suit just as she was painted on the first “Memphis Belle” – a B-17.
As per the vast majority of
Cutting Edge sheets, stencil data is very limited (data blocks, rescue
information and ejector seat triangles). If you are a Thud fan and
you are keen on stencil data it can be found on some of the earlier
Speaking of Microscale,
although not stated on the sheet it looks like it has been printed by
them. Everything is sharp, clear and in perfect register.
Decal placement is guided by
an A-4 sized full-colour sheet that shows left hand side profiles of
each aircraft and top views of the silver aircraft and a generic SEA
finished one. A further close-up of the nose of “Pussy Galore II” is
also provided so as you can get her placed correctly.
A further sheet of notes is
also provided. This sheet is crammed full of information on each of
the aircraft depicted on the sheet. It gives the full story of “Pussy
Galore II” and corrects some of the wrongly held beliefs surrounding
this aircraft. The sheet also explains the story of “OPERATION LOOK
ALIKE” and the paint finish of the silver painted Thuds. Finally,
and the real strength of the sheet from a modellers perspective – it
explains how to convert a Monogram F-105D/F so that it correctly
depicts an early silver painted machine.
words are not enough for you,
Modelling Madness has an excellent article by Roger Jackson on how to
perform the conversion. You can find it by following the link
In summary, this is
a good package that is well researched well printed
and well presented.
Cutting Edge Modelworks for
the review samples..
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website
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