Parts 1 & 2
PYN-Up Decals, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
Number and Price:
PYND48024 - Curtiss Cuties
Part One USD$16.99
PYND48025 - Curtiss Cuties Part Two
available online from Meteor Productions
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x screen printed decal
||Perfect timing for new
Hasegawa P-40E and N kits; terrific combination of
excellent halftone rendition on nose art markings, separate
conventional screen printed decals; interesting
instructions; thorough research; excellent printing
||Extremely limited run - only 300 each
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
In mid-2004, Meteor Productions
released a new
range of high-quality, limited-edition markings under the brand name
of PYN-Up Decals. The decals feature near-photographic quality
continuous tone nose art markings, with standard screen-printed
decals for the other markings.
The latest two releases in the PYN-Up range
compliment the brand new Hasegawa 1/48 scale P-40E and N kits,
although they will be suitable for any other brand as well.
PYND48023 Curtiss Cuties #1:
Subjects included in this release
P-40F, X2*8, 79th FG/85th FS,
Tunisia, Late 1942; and
P-40E, Dollye, #44, 49th FG/8th FS, Lt. Monty Eisenberg,
Strauss Field, Darwin, Australia, June 1942.
PYND48025 Curtiss Cuties #2
Also see title image.
The two subjects on this sheet
Kingdom, US flags on left nose, 77 Sq, RAAF, S/L Dick Cresswell,
Goodenough Island, New Guinea, Late 1942; and
P-40N-5-CU, 49th FG/7th
FS, Empty Saddle/Keystone Kathlene, #20, Maj Arland Stanton,
Squadron Commander, Gusap, New Guinea, Early 1944.
Meteor Productions has done a particularly
thorough job on researching Cresswell's striking P-40E-1 which
features the flags on the nose. This aircraft has been steeped in
controversy about the colours and markings worn when Cresswell shot
down a Betty bomber over Darwin in northern Australia on the night
of 23 November, 1942.
The notes supplied with the decals suggest the
most likely combination of national markings and colours, but
alternate decals for the code letter, serial number, fuselage
roundels and fin flash are also supplied in case the modeller draws
a different conclusion.
For a much more detailed discussion on this
fascinating airframe, I highly recommend that you
take a look at Dave Klaus's Reference Feature, which includes four
historical photos of Cresswell's P-40E.
Each set includes a full sized conventional
decal sheet plus a smaller sheet with the half tone decals. A full-colour
placement guide plus marking notes are also included.
One of the perennial challenges for aircraft
modellers is the convincing depiction of nose art.
Conventional screen-printed decals exhibit a
noticeable dot-screen pattern on flesh half-tones, and limited-run
markings have been few and far between. The new PYN-Up Decal range
addresses this gap with their innovative combination of high quality
components, delivering a comprehensive finishing package.
The printing of all the markings is excellent
but, in particular, the flesh tones on the nose art decals must be
seen to be appreciated. The light and shade on Cresswell's nose art
flags is oustanding too.
The research is also very thorough, and the
inclusion of optional markings in the case of Cresswell's
fascinating P-40E-1 is a thoughtful touch.
If you are planning to build either of
Hasegawa's lovely new 1/48 scale P-40 kits, PYN-Up Decals' latest
offerings will be the perfect finishing touch.
You'd better hurry though - only 300 of each PYN-Up set will be
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website
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