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F4U-4 Corsair

Part 1



Cutting Edge Decals



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

CED48267 - F4U-4 Corsairs Part 1

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: Interesting options; sharp printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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Somebody at Cutting Edge must like the F4U-4 as this sheet is part one of a trilogy! 

48267 - Part one provides markings for three different machines, all in overall glossy sea blue finish.  The individual aircraft are: 

Bureau number 63065 of VMF-214 Black Sheep as it appeared at Pohang airfield, Korea in 1953.  Being in overall glossy sea blue, the majority of the markings are in white and they include:

  • Large 22s modex for either side of the fuselage and the top of the right wing.

  • Smaller 22s for the forward facing gear doors

  • WE Unit designator for the vertical stabiliser/rudder

  • Large MARINES titles for the lower surface of the left wing

  • Bureau number block for the rear fuselage

  • VMF-214 squadron insignia for the nose.  This marking is on black on a white background.

F4U-4B F96995 of the Honduran Air Force from the "Soccer War" period in 1969.  Again, in overall glossy sea blue with the majority of markings in white with the exception of the national insignia.  The markings are sparse but include: 

  • Honduran national insignia for the wing tips and rudder

  • Small 614s for the cowl

  • F-96995 serials for the rear fuselage

  • Bureau number block for the rear fuselage

The final offering is a U.S.Navy machine.  Bureau number 81079 of VF-713 based on CVA-63 USS Antietam in January of 1950.  Arguably the most colourful of the trio it too wears glossy sea blue but has a white spinner and tail tip.  The supplied markings are:

  • 202 Modex for either side of the nose, the upper right wing and lower surfaces of both wings.

  • Large H unit designator for the vertical stabiliser/rudder

  • NAVY scripts for the rear fuselage and a larger one for the lower left wing.  The fuselage titles include VF-713 titles too as a one piece decal.

  • A mission record consisting of eleven bombs

  • Bureau number blocks for the rear fuselage.

A single set of U.S. national insignia is included to share between the two U.S. machines.  Stencil data is confined to two sets of propeller logos and stencils.  The decals themselves look to be printed by Superscale.  They are thin and have a minimum of decal film surrounding each design.  Although I haven't tried them on a model, they look opaque enough to survive application on a glossy sea blue surface without any bleed through. 

The placement guide is A4 in size and shows left hand side profiles of each option in the centre pages as well as smaller drawings of the upper and lower surfaces of each option on the back.  There is also a smaller instruction sheet included and it provides notes on the Honduran option as well as comprehensive instructions on how to apply the decals. 

The decal sheet and placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

Nice stuff from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  If you don't like multi-colour finishes and dislike masking then this is the sheet for you. 


Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
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Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 04 September, 2004
Last updated 04 September, 2004

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