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CED 48224 - Stukas! Part
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Colourful and different
markings; excellent printing and saturation; high quality
instructions; almost enough national markings for all three
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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New from Cutting Edge is decal set CED 48224
which covers three different versions of the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka.
is a JU-87R-2/Trop of 6/StG2 flown by Hubert Polz out of Libya, Africa
in August of 1941. This aircraft would be familiar to most Luftwaffe
enthusiasts and I dare say is the one most commonly thought of when
the subject of Stukas and the Western Desert is discussed.
Finish is RLM 70 (light green), RLM 71 (dark green) over RLM 65 (light
blue) with a random splotch of RLM 79 (tan) over the 70/71, with a
yellow (RLM 04) tipped spinner and white theatre markings of wing tips
and fuselage band.
Markings consist of Balkenkreuze in six places with a Hakenkreuz to
either side of the fin and squadron coding of T6-CP with the
individual aircraft letter C being in yellow. As it is uncertain that
the aircraft was either C or M both are supplied – your choice!
There has been much about whether the snake emblazoned down the sides
of the fuselage was white with red markings, white with green markings
or white with tan markings. Cutting Edge has supplied them in red. I
favour this choice as, let's face it, why would the squadron go to the
trouble of completing this intricate piece of "LOOK AT ME!" artwork
and then try and camouflage it with brown or green paint?
Next is another desert based aircraft, a Ju 87D-5 of 2/NSG 9 flown by
Fhj.Ofw. Artur Heiland, and Uffz Artur Ballok out of Ghedi in
Finish is the standard 70/71/65 with a squiggle of tan (79?) over the
fuselage, wings and spats. There is also further camouflaging stripes
on the under surfaces of the wings. The colour of this striping is not
known but is guessed at being 74 (dark grey), 75 (mid grey), 79 or 80
Markings are as for the first aircraft except that the fuselage
Balkenkreuze is white outline only. Squadron codes are E8-JK with the
J being red with a white outline.
The final aircraft is a Ju 87D-3 of 2/NSG 2, finished is 70/71/65 with
a white tip to the spinner and a yellow tail band.
Markings are the same for the second aircraft with the Hakenkreuz
being in white outline only. The squadron codes are D3-HK with the H
being in red with a thin white outline. The squadron markings continue
with the rudder sporting a large white 8.
The decals themselves are reminiscent of Microscale. Everything is in
register and they are all sharply and beautifully printed. The snakes
themselves are printed as one-long decal with separate tongues. There
are enough decals on the sheet to produce one aircraft only. Find
yourself a further set of upper and lower wing Balkenkreuze, and
Hakenkreuz from elsewhere and you can do all three. A nice touch is
the fact that the forward part of the under wing Balkenkreuze that
goes over the dive brakes is supplied as separate decals to save you
from slicing the decal apart.
The placement guide is Cutting Edge's standard and quality fare being
letter-sized and printed in colour. There is a further smaller sheet
supplied and this sheet gives you pertinent notes on each aircraft as
well as providing matches to each of the colours worn by the aircraft
to commonly available model paints. The decals, placement and note
sheet all come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
This is another good sheet from Cutting Edge Modelworks.
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