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Cook Cleland's
F2G Racer

available in 1/72 & 1/48 scales


Red Pegasus Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

Cook Cleland's F2G Racer

Scale and Price: 1/72 scale   $8
1/48 scale    $11
available online from Red Pegasus Decals
Contents and Media: Each set contains one decal sheet and instructions
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and different appearance; good instructions; includes details on how to civilianise your kit.
Disadvantages: ALPS decals require extra care in handling and application; issues with the white markings and surrounding "insignia red".
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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Red Pegasus Decals is based in the U.S. city of Columbus, Ohio and specialises in producing decals for air racing aircraft in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

This sheet supplies markings for three different marking configurations of the Cook Cleland F2G Corsair.

As no off the shelf kit of the F2G exists in 1/48 scale you will need to delve into the world of after-market producers to use this sheet. Lone Star Models offers a 1/48 scale F2G conversion for the Otaki kit as does Pend Orielle. Special Hobby has an F2G in 1/72 for small-scale modellers.

The supplied decals allow you to produce the machine in three different years that it raced. The machine was finished in basic overall gloss white with different trim markings and it is these trim markings that are supplied on the sheet. By far the most spectacular is the 1948 version that sported "insignia red" trim and red racing numbers and registration.

The decals themselves look to be produced by the 'Alps" method and as such there are no white markings. This becomes a problem if you wish to model the 1948 machine as it sported white NX registration on the rudder. Red Pegasus decals have got around this by producing a large red/orange 'block' with the NX registration in the centre of it so that when you apply it over the white painted plastic it appears to be white. Not easy, I'm afraid, as it means that you will have to mix the red/orange to exactly match the decal. The placement guide advises that the machine was finished in "insignia red" and the red/orange that they have used is nowhere near this quoted "insignia red". The NX registration letter and racing 94 are also produced in the same red/orange colour.

As the decals have been produced using the 'Alps System' they are very thin and fragile. They scratch easily and are best treated to a coat of varnish before you attempt to use them. Not a disadvantage by any means really just an added step you need to take if you wish to get the best results from any Alps printed decal.

The decals are accompanied by three A-4 sized sheets that provide plan view drawings of the machine from the quoted years.

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

Even given the problems with the "insignia red" markings, the sheet is still recommended as you have two other options to choose from.



Thanks to Red Pegasus Decals for the review sample

Red Pegasus Decals are available online from their website

Review Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 10 October, 2005
Last updated 09 October, 2005

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