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CED48268 - F4U-4
Corsairs Part 2
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Interesting options; sharp
printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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48268 is the second sheet in
the Cutting Edge's F4U-4 trilogy
Part two provides markings
for four machines, all in overall glossy sea blue finish with white
markings. The individual aircraft are:
Bureau number 62969 of VMA-332 Polka Dots off CVE-115, the
USS Bairoko. The markings depict it from July of 1953 when the USS
Bairoko was steaming off the coast of Korea. The supplied markings
designator for the vertical stabilizer/rudder
modex, large ones for the sides of the fuselage and the top of
the right wing with smaller ones for the forward facing main
titles for the lower surface of the left wing with smaller ones
for the fuselage sides
titles for the rear fuselage – these are part of a one-piece
decal that incorporates the MARINES titles
block for the rear fuselage
Red polka dots
for the cowling – supplied as a one-piece decal. You will have
to paint the white band yourself first before applying the dots.
Bureau number 97231 as flown
by Ensign Jesse L. Brown of VF-32 off CVS-32, the USS Leyte in
1950. VF-32s machines carried white spinner domes and tips of the
fin and rudder. The markings are:
Modex 203 and
217 for the sides of the fuselage with smaller abbreviated 03s
and 17s for the tail cone. There is debate as to what modex was
worn by this aircraft - 203 or 217 - on the day that Ensign
Brown was shot down near the Chosin Reservoir on 4 December 1950
so both are supplied
Large K unit
designator for the rudder and topside of the right wing with a
smaller pair for the undersides of both wings.
title for the underside of the left wing with a smaller pair for
the rear of the fuselage. The fuselage NAVY titles incorporate
the VF-32 titles as well as a one-piece decal. The placement
guide advises that VF-32 removed their titles at some point
during the cruise so it's your choice if you apply them.
blocks for the rear fuselage.
Bureau number 82050 as flown
by Lieutenant JG Tom Hudner (also of VF-32) The markings depict the
aircraft on the day he crash landed it beside the wreck of Ensign
Jesse L. Brown's machine (the subject of the above markings) in an
attempt to rescue him after he was shot down by ground fire on 4
December 1950. The unit designator K markings, NAVY and VF-32
titles are shared with the above option but the following separate
markings are provided:
final option is Bureau number 97193 as flown by Lieutenant Commander
Lou Burke the commanding Officer of VA-14 Tophatters in
September of 1949. Again, the machine is in overall glossy sea blue
and it sports yellow on the tips of the fin and rudder and propeller
dome. The supplied markings include:
modex for either side of the fuselage and upper surface of the
right wing with two pair of smaller ones for the forward facing
undercarriage doors and the sides of the engine cowling.
Large T unit
designators for the fin and rudder and upper surface of the
A pair of
small white stripes that fit inside the
of the fuselage modex
blocks for the rear fuselage
for the canopy rails (both sides)
Three top hat
unit insignia. The third one is a "handed" one but no mention
of it is made on the placement guide.
A single set of national
insignia is supplied for all four options as are a single set of
logos and stencils for the propeller blades.
The decals themselves look
to have been printed by Superscale and are well up to what we have
come to expect of their products.
The placement guide shows
full colour right hand side profiles for the first three options and
a left hand profile for the VA-14 option in the centre pages with
top and bottom plan views of each machine (the two VF-32 machines
share a single illustration). There is also a smaller single-sided
page included that supplies information on the VF-32 options.
The decal sheet, placement
guide and smaller information sheet are all packed in a clear
plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kits are
Hasegawa and Academy.
Another nice sheet from
Cutting Edge Modelworks.
For the full story of
Ensign Brown and Lieutenant JG Hudner on 4 December 1950, head on
over to the AcePilots.com website at
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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