S u m m a r y
|Catalogue Number and
||1/48 MAS-489004 - VX-30 "Bloodhounds"
|Contents and Media:
||1 x full sized decal sheet; two A4 sized full colour
online from their website
||Attractive scheme; suitable tribute to
the last of the legendary Phantoms; sharply printed decals; perfect
register; minimal carrier film; good instructions.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron.com
MAS-489004 from Model Alliance provides
markings for a single QF-4S Phantom of the Point Mugu; California based US
Navy's Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-30.
After 44 years of service, the legendary
F-4 is facing its final year of service albeit as a target and VX-30 will be its
provided markings are for Bureau Number 153832 or 'CUJO' as it is called by its
maintainers in keeping with the VX-30's tradition of naming its aircraft after
dogs. 'CUJO' is in Tactical Paint Scheme of FS36375 dark ghost grey and FS36320
light ghost grey with a black anti-glare. All the markings are either black or
lo-viz grey with the exception of the tail art and they consist:
Lo-vis national insignia
in four places
126 modex for the nose
with abbreviated 26 for the fin cap. There is also a further 126 provided
(decal number 9) but the placement guide does not advise where it is located
on the airframe. An examination of the photographs of 'CUJO' in the March
2004 Combat Aircraft magazine 'Phantom Phinale' article show that it should
be located on the forward facing nose gear door.
Lo-viz intake warnings
Crew names for the canopy
Large 3832 "last four'" of
the Bureau Number
VX-30's three hound
artwork for the vertical stabilizer. This is a two-part decal with the
black outline one being overlaid on the red and white one to avoid any
The name Bloodhounds
The name 'CUJO'
The placement guide advises that there
is no visible stencil data on any of their reference photos so they have not
provided any. Again, an examination of the photographs of 'CUJO' in the March
2004 Combat Aircraft magazine 'Phantom Phinale' article confirms this.
The placement guide is A-4 in size and
bears full colour left and right profiles as well as upper and lower surface
plan views. It also gives matches for the paint used on the one-to-one machine
to Humbrol, Model Master and Xtracolour paints and a comprehensive guide to
applying the decals.
The decals themselves are sharply
printed and in perfect register with a minimum of film surrounding each
subject. There is no identity to the printer but they look every bit as good as
those from Superscale.
Be aware that if you choose to model 'CUJO'
you will need to modify your kit to include the extra antennae that they wear as
a result of their conversion to QF status.
This is another nice sheet from Model
Thanks to Aviation Workshop / Model Alliance (UK) for the
Model Alliance products are
online from the Aviation Workshop.
Review Copyright © 2004 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 13 July, 2004
Last updated 12 July, 2004
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