S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-182 - Deadly
Demons Part 1
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film;
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Deadly Demons Part I
online from Squadron.com
Eagle Strike Productions sheet 48183 is the first in a planned
four-sheet coverage of the McDonnell F-3 Demon. This sheet provides
markings for two aircraft one from the Pacific Fleet and one from the
Atlantic Fleet. As was standard of the period, both machines are in
light gull grey over white camouflage with black anti-glare panels,
radome and fin tip/wing-tip antennas.
individual aircraft are:
Demon, Bureau number 143414, a two-gun aircraft, of VF-31 Tomcatters.
Apart from gull grey and white, it also wears red trim to the tips of
the underwing pylons as well as the tips of the horizontal stabilizers.
The markings depict it as it appeared in the February of 1963 when it
was embarked aboard the USS Saratoga. The provided markings are:
Black 101 modex for the nose, and upper
right wing with an abbreviated 01 for the fin cap.
Large red 'swoose' unit markings for
the fuselage. These markings incorporate the Tomcatters' Felix
the cat' unit insignia on a yellow circle background.
'Battle Es' in white with black
Black USS Saratoga titles.
Black VF-31 titles.
Bureau number block.
'Last four' of the Bureau number for
the base of the vertical stabilizer.
VF-31's red tail markings incorporating
the black AC airwing identifier code. This is a one-piece decal and it
is beautifully done. The AC is thinly outlined and in perfect
A further set of AC airwing identifier
codes for the upper surface of the right wing. This marking is provided
in two parts to allow you to apply it around the wing fence.
F3H-2 Demon, Bureau number 143410, a four-gun machine of VF-64
Freelancers, aboard the USS Midway in the spring of 1958. This bird
features yellow trim to the fin cap and the wing tips. The provided
Black 201 modex for the nose, and upper right
Black leaping cat squadron insignia.
VF-64's distinctive tail markings
comprising horizontal yellow bands covering the base of the fin, the
rudder and the fin cap. Note – the yellow of the fin cap is
incorporated into this decal. No decal is provided for the wing tips so
you will have to match the paint for them when you paint them. This is
a large decal and it incorporates the 'last four' of the Bureau number.
Black NE airwing identifiers for the
vertical stabilizers and the top of the right wing.
The black-painted gun panel. Oddly,
Eagle Strike supplies the larger panel but not the smaller one (for both
Bureau number block.
remainder of the decals are:
One complete set of national insignia and large
black Navy titles to share between both options: The national
insignia for the top of the left wing is provided as a two part
decal to enable you to apply it on either side of the wing fence.
Two sets of wing walks are provided. A black
pair for the VF-31 option and a grey pair for the VF-64 machine. A
single black anti-glare and black stripes for the arrestor hook
frame are also provided. These items are excellent as it saves you
some tricky masking!
Two sets of different red intake warning
triangles. The VF-64 option incorporates a white rectangle with the
word Danger in red.
A single set of ejector seat warning triangles.
Two different styles of red rescue arrows (one
for each option).
Five various tan antenna for the underside of the
fuselage – again an excellent inclusion as it saves masking!
The placement guide is A-4 in
size and shows left hand and right hand side colour profiles of both
options, as well as a plan view of the topsides and scrap views of the
wing under surfaces. A fairly complete list of references is provided
including the "bible", the Ginter book Naval Fighters Number 12.
The decals have been "printed in
Mexico" and look to be every bit as good as the stuff we see from
Microscale. Everything is in perfect register, the colours look to be
pretty right and the decals opaque. This last point is important if you
opt for the VF-31 machine as the tail markings will go over the grey of
the fin as well as the white of the rudder.
The suggested kit is the Grand
Phoenix one but the placement sheet advises that they may be used on the
other two Demon kits that are available (but eclipsed by the Grand
Phoenix one) with some adjustment.
The decal sheet and placement
guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
This is an
excellent sheet from Eagle Strike.
Both of these machines were equipped with the "short" beaver tail. You
can modify the kit part if you want but Airies have already produced a
resin replacement "short tail" that will save you a lot of time.
It is great to see that Eagle
Strike have taken the risk of providing aftermarket sheets for a limited
run kit. I hope that they sell out and the experience encourages them
to produce further sheets for obscure subjects.
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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