S u m m a r y
CED48222 - Junkers Ju
88D-1/Trop "American Flag"
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Truly wild and unique
combination of markings; alternate style flag and national
markings supplied; sharp printing; perfect register; well-detailed
decal placement guide; information sheet on the aircraft.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Now here's something
different! Cutting Edge Modelworks CED48222 provides markings for a
Ju 88D, but not a normal Ju 88 by any means.
Ju 88 D1/Trop, W.Nr.430650 of
the Rumanian Air Force was surrendered to the RAF by a defecting pilot
at Limassol, Cyprus in August 1943. Following a re-paint in the RAF
desert scheme of dark earth, middle stone and azure blue the machine
was presented to the USAAF who flew it to the United States and tested
it at Wright Field. The machine survived the testing as well as the
post-war scrapping drives and ended up at the USAF Museum in Dayton,
Ohio where it resides to this day – albeit re-painted in the colours
and markings it wore whilst it belonged to the Rumanian Air Force.
Following its receipt by the
USAAF it acquired markings that left no doubt as to who its new owners
were. It is these markings that are the subject of this sheet. They
flags for the top of the fuselage, either side of the fin and rudder
and the under surfaces of both wings. Two different sets of flags
are supplied for the fin and rudder, an unmarked set to depict it as
it was when it was freshly painted and a rather tattered set that
duplicate the aircraft as it appeared later in life.
A yellow theatre
marking band for the fuselage.
A set of
red-surround national insignia that were applied when it was
initially painted. These were worn on the upper and lower surfaces
of both wings as well as the fuselage contrary to normal practice
but no doubt applied in this manner to remove any doubt as to the
identity of its new owners.
A further set of
blue-surround national insignia that replaced the short-lived red
ones. These markings are "faded" with the surround being a darker
blue to simulate the over painting of the red surround with fresh
The placement sheet is A-4 in
size. It shows full colour illustrations of both the upper surfaces
and left and right hand sides of the aircraft in the centre pages.
The upper surfaces of the fuselage and wings as well as the lower
surfaces of the wings are shown on the rear page. There is a further
sheet as well and this provides a brief history of the aircraft, notes
on the colour scheme and paint matches for RAF middle stone and dark
earth to Xtracolor and Floquil paints. Azure blue is not mentioned (I
don't know what the Floquil match is but the Xtracolor match is X26).
The decal sheet looks like it
has been printed by Microscale. The register is perfect and there is
minimal film surrounding each design. The recommended kit is the
Hasegawa one. I might be wrong, but I didn't think that Hasegawa
produced a Ju 88 in 1/48 scale. My bet would be the excellent
Pro-Modeller Ju 88 kit.
This is a great sheet from
Cutting Edge that will certainly make a change from the splinter
scheme RLM 70/71/65 normally seen on Ju 88s. Hopefully, Cutting Edge
will sell plenty of them and they will continue to cover these
Cutting Edge Modelworks for
the review samples..
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including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
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