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CED48212 - Crusader Part
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Colourful options; sharp
printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide;
information sheet on the aircraft; single set of stencil data
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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New from Cutting Edge
Modelworks are five sheets covering the F-8 Crusader. Two aircraft
are featured on each sheet and they offer a variety of markings that
span the service life of the Crusader.
CED48212, Crusader Part 3
provides markings for a Navy and a United States Marine Corps (USMC)
The first aircraft is F-8E
Bureau number 49150, modex 101 assigned to VF-211 “Checkmates”. This
aircraft is a “Mig Killer” and the markings provided depict it at the
time it was being flown by Commander Paul H. Speer from the USS Bon
Homme Richard when he downed a Mig 17 on 19 May 1967. Finish is gull
grey and white with a white radome as well as a (burnt) natural metal
Markings consist of:
modex for the nose and the top of the right wing in black
Black NP airwing
identifiers for the vertical stabilizer with a further one for the
top of the right wing.
Pilot’s name for
both sides of the canopy rails.
Large black Bureau
number for the base of the vertical stabilizer with a smaller set
for the Bureau number block on the rear fuselage.
Black NAVY and
VF-211 titles for the rear fuselage.
A set of black
walkways for the top of the rear fuselage.
A kill marking
consisting of a North Vietnamese flag for either side of the nose
with a further six for the ventral fins. The first marking
commemorates Commander Speers’s Mig kill whilst the others signify
all of VF-211’s kills during the Vietnam War.
“checkerboard” rudder markings are supplied as separate decals, the
red checks themselves for the rudder (you will have to paint the
rudder white yourself), as well as red “swoose” marking for the top
of the vertical stabilizer. These latter markings incorporate white
abbreviated 01 modex.
For those who like
photographic proof of the modelling subjects, there is a picture of
this aircraft on the top of page 34 of the Squadron/Signal F-8
Crusader Also noteworthy in the picture is the lack of the ship’s name
above the NAVY titles on the rear fuselage.
Next is a USMC bird. F-8E
Bureau number 150328 belonging to VMF(AW) 235 “Death Angels”. The
markings supplied depict the aircraft whilst it was based at Da Nang,
in the then Republic of Vietnam in September of 1966.
Again, the finish is gull grey
and white but this time it sports a black radome as well as black fin
8 modex for the nose
in black and abbreviated “8s” for the top of the fin.
Black DB airwing
identifiers for the vertical stabilizer.
Pilot’s names for
the canopy rails (Captain W. Camphij)
Large black Bureau
number (abbreviated to the “last four” in typical USMC fashion) for
the base of the vertical stabilizer with a smaller set for the
Bureau number block on the rear fuselage.
Black MARINES and
VMF(AW) 235 titles for the rear fuselage.
The “Death Angels” unique red
and white markings are supplied as a mixture of complete decals as
well as partial ones. The nose markings are complete and are split
into separate left and right handed designs. The ventral strakes
sport six white stars against a red background. The white stars are
supplied as a single decal but you will have to paint the red of the
ventral strakes yourself. The “swoose” marking for the top of the
vertical stabilizer though is supplied as a complete decal.
This aircraft also features on
page 34 of the Squadron/Signal F-8 Crusader book and it is nice and
There is only a single set of
national insignia as well as a fairly limited selection of stencil
data to cover both aircraft. I liked the fact that the intake warning
is supplied with the white portion as a decal. This will save you
from the tedious task of masking off the white when you paint the gull
grey fuselage sides.
The decal placement guide
follows Cutting Edge’s normal fashion of a full colour double-sided
a-4 sized sheet. It shows left hand side views of both aircraft on
the front and a single top view on the back.
The decals themselves are
sharp, clear and in perfect register. Although not stated anywhere,
they look as if they have been printed by Microscale such is the
quality of the printing. The decal sheet and placement guide come
packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kit is the new
Hasegawa F-8. From what I have seen published on the internet, these
decals have been specifically sized to fit the Hasegawa kit so
applying them to the Monogram F-8 would be problematic although a
quick dry-fit of the VF-211 rudder markings reveal that could use them
with a bit of adjustment
This is another nice sheet
from Cutting Edge.
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the review samples..
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