A-7 Corsair II
S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-118 -
Colorful Corsairs Part II
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; good instructions and background; all
markings for all aircraft included.
||Minor Goof with one Bu.No.
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Colorful Corsairs
will be available
online from Squadron.com
Sheet number 48118 is the
second part in Eagle Strike Productions two-part coverage of the A-7
More of the same stuff with this
sheet. Bright, colourful markings on a canvas of gull grey and white.
Markings are provided for three
A-7Es. Two from the Atlantic Fleet, as well as a solitary Pacific Fleet
machine, the only one between the two sheets.
Bureau number 156851, the CAG
aircraft of VA-174 'Hellrazors'. The markings depict the aircraft
as it was in December, 1974. Finish is gull grey and white with a white
vertical stabilizer and nose radome.
A black outlined yellow
block with the pilot's name in black lettering for the forward fuselage
below the windscreen.
400 Modex in black for
the nose, fin cap and a further pair for the top of the flaps.
VA-174 titles in black
for the dorsal strake.
number for the base of the fin.
Bureau number block in
black for the rear fuselage.
Unit markings that
consist of a multi-coloured triangle (each colour depicting a different
squadron within the airwing) with a black outlined yellow diamond that
contains a stylized black AD airwing identifier. The two markings are
separated by a thin white strip. This strip is incorporated in the
one-piece decal and further separate ones are also provided.
Another unit marking
consisting of a black stripe with yellow diamonds that is placed
chord-wise across the top of the fin and rudder.
Another CAG bird, Bureau number
158831, of VA-105 'Gunslingers'. Finish is gull grey and white
with a white radome. Markings include:
A green outlined white
block with the pilot's name in green lettering for the forward fuselage
below the windscreen.
400 Modex in black with
a white shadow for the nose, as well as a set of plain black ones for
the top of the flaps. The ones for the nose are in two parts. A
further set of 00s are also provided for the fin cap. These are
incorporated onto a one-piece decal that includes the white of the fin
cap along with a thin black stripe at the base of the fin cap. Another
set of 00s are and stripes are provided for the fin cap, this time
without the white background.
USS Saratoga titles and
the Bureau number block in black for the rear fuselage.
A 'Battle E' award
consisting of a green shield with white shadowing for the fuselage above
the national insignia.
Unit markings that
consist of a multi-coloured chevron (again, each colour depicting a
different squadron within the airwing) with a black knight's head as in
the chess piece on a gull grey circle background and VA-105 tiles in
black at the base.
Stylised AC airwing
identifier in green with black shadowing for the rudder.
The last option is a Pacific Fleet
aircraft the only one on both sheets Bureau number 160880 (the
placement sheet and the decal incorrectly show it as 150880 which was
really a Vought F8U-2NE Crusader) of VA-93 'Ravens' circa 1982.
Finish is gull grey and white with dark blue trim on the top of the
vertical stabilizer and fin cap and a white radome. The placement guide
advises that the nose radome may have been black and the photo of the
aircraft in the Bert Kinzey Colours and Markings book does show it with a
dark coloured radome. You will have to paint the blue trim your self as
no decal is provided. Markings include:
313 Modex in black for
the nose and the top of the flaps with a set of abbreviated 13s in white
for the fin cap.
Stylised NF airwing
identifier in black for the vertical stabilizer.
USS Midway titles and
the Bureau number block in black for the rear fuselage. As stated above
this is the wrong Bureau number. If you are keen on producing this
option simply slice the offending '5' off and replace it with the '6'
from the first option's Bureau number.
Unit markings that
consist of a pair of red and blue stylised jets with red exhaust for the
base of the vertical stabilizer.
Blue and white stripes
for the rudder.
Small stencil style
VA-93 titles in black for the base of the fin strake.
VA-93's shark mouth
markings for the sides of the fuselage immediately behind the intake.
As with the Colourful Corsairs
Part 1, each option has its own set of national insignia, NAVY titles,
intake warnings and basic stencilling. The stencilling is mainly confined
to the larger, more visible data such as the rescue arrows, rescue
information and ejection seat triangles.
Two separate sheets are included.
The larger one contains the minority of individual markings and the
second, smaller sheet carries a set of NAVY and USS Saratoga titles as
well as the alternative fin cap 00s for the second option, and all of the
national insignia and stencil data.
The decals have been 'printed in
Italy' by Cartograf'. Everything is in perfect register. The decals are
glossy and there is an absolute minimum of carrier film surrounding each
subject. Cartograf decals are not as easy to use as other aftermarket
ones read Microscale - but do give the same results if your are patient
and use settling solution.
The placement sheet is A-4 in size
and in full-colour. It shows left hand side profiles of each option, a
close-up of the nose of a generic A-7 (to show where the stencil data
goes) and a smaller generic top-view. The rear of the placement sheet
also has a comprehensive guide to applying decals.
The decals and placement guide are
packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kit is the
The minor goof with the Bureau
number apart, this is another nice sheet from Eagle Strike.
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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