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Corsairs Over Korea

Part Three


1/48 scale

Eagle Strike Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eagle Strike 48-224 - Corsairs Over Korea Part Three
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals - Decal sheet plus instructions and notes
Price: MSRP USD$10 available from Aeromaster's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film;
Recommendation: Recommended

eviewed by Rodger Kelly

Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Corairs Over Korea Part Three
is available online from Squadron.com



Corsair decals must sell if the amount of sheets covering it issued by Eagle Strike Productions is any indication! 

48224 is part 3 in the current round of four sheets for the glossy sea blue painted machines.  The sheet features three US Navy aircraft that flew from its carriers during the Korean War.  These aircraft are: 

F4U-4B Bureau number 97507 of VF-53, (Iron Angels) aboard the USS Valley Forge in circa 1950.  The machine is in the standard overall glossy sea blue scheme of the era with light blue trim (tip of the vertical stabiliser and propeller dome).  Her markings are just about all in white and include: 

  • Letter S Unit Identification Letter
  • 310 modex
  • Bureau number block,

Next is F4U-4 of VF-653, (Dragons) a Navy Reserve Squadron activated for the Korean War, also aboard the USS Valley Forge but this time in the 1951-52 period of the Korean War.  The machine is in overall glossy sea blue finish with red trim.  The supplied markings are: 

  • Letter H Unit Identification Letter,
  • 313 modex,
  • Bureau number block,
  • NAVY and unit titles,
  • Squadron insignia.

The final machine is F4U-4 Bureau number 94922 of VF-192 (Golden Dragons) aboard the USS Princeton in 1952.  Overall glossy sea blue finish with white trim.  Her markings are much the same of the previous option and include:

  • Letter B Unit Identification Letter,
  • 214 modex,
  • Bureau number block,
  • NAVY and unit titles,
  • Squadron insignia.  Two different sets of these are provided, one-piece versions and two piece versions to avoid any register problems that may arise none were evident on my sample.
  • A comprehensive scoreboard.

The remaining decals on the sheet comprise two very complete sets of stencil data.  This stencil data also includes propeller logos and propeller blade data. 

The placement guide is the standard A4 sized sheet with full colour port side profiles of each option in the centre pages with smaller top and bottom plan views of each option on the back page.  A smaller black and white sheet is also included.  This sheet is the placement guided for the myriad items of stencil data. 

The decals have been printed by Cartograph.  They are very well printed, thin; in perfect register and the white looks to be opaque enough to survive application on the glossy sea blue finish without bleed through.

The recommended kits are the Academy and Hasegawa ones. 

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


Thanks to AeroMaster / Eagle Strike Products for the review sets

On-line sales are available from the AeroMaster Products / Eagle Strike Productions web site.

Review TextCopyright 2006 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 11 January, 2006
Last updated 11 January, 2006

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