of the Fleet
S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-194 -
Furies of the Fleet Part 3
|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
Eagle Strike Decals' 1/48 scale
Furies of the Fleet Part
online from Squadron.com
As the name suggests, 48194 is the third sheet
covering the FJ-4B Fury produced by Eagle Strike Productions.
Given the amount and complexity of markings worn by the machines that
Eagle Strike has chosen to depict, only two are featured.
options wear the gull grey and white camouflage of the era that they
served in and feature extremely bright and colourful markings that were
the norm back then.
two options are:
number 141466, the CAG bird of ATG-1 (Air Task Group -1) in 1958.
In common with the sheet's second option, all of it markings are
supplied as decals so all you will need to do is paint the basic
gull grey and white finish then apply the decals to complete it.
The aircraft wears blue red and yellow trim to the leading edge tip
of the vertical stabiliser – the black leading edge of the fin is
supplied as a part of the decal too, blue leading edges to the outer
wings (and wing tips), and large blue, white and orange shooting
star unit marking on the fuselage. The Bureau number of this
aircraft appears to be curved and bent-looking. At first I though
that this was due to mis-printing but a look through the suggested
reference, the Squadron/signal in action, soon proved that Eagle
Strike have got it right as the bureau number is applied to the
one-to-one-scale version in the same manner (picture on the bottom
of page 47).
FJ-4B Bureau number 143493 of VX-5 circa mid
1950s. The machine wears VX-5's distinctive green and white bands
and wing tips which again, are all supplied as decals.
remainder of the space on the sheet is taken up by a two sets of
national insignia and basic stencil data. The stencil data is confined
to the larger more visible items such as the red intake warnings – this
decal also includes the cowling lip (which is a bonus as they are a bear
to mask) and basic rescue information/warning placards.
placement guide is A-4 in size and shows left hand side profiles as well
as plan views of the upper surfaces of each option.
recommended kits are the Matchbox and the limited run Grand Phoenix
decals have been printed by Cartograf. They are thin, in perfect
register and have a minimum of carrier film around each design.
decal sheet and the placement guide come packed in a clear plastic
is another well produced and colourful sheet
from Eagle Strike Productions.
The Matchbox kit of the FJ-4 is ancient and no longer readily available
on the shelves whilst the cost of the Grand Phoenix one really puts it
out of reach of the pocket money brigade. Given this, I was surprised
to see this series of sheets from Eagle Strike Productions. Hopefully,
sales of the sheet will be encouraging enough for Eagle Strike to
consider producing decals for other limited run kits.
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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