S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
Cook Cleland's F2G Racer
|Scale and Price:
1/48 scale $11
available online from Red Pegasus Decals
|Contents and Media:
||Each set contains one decal sheet
||Interesting and different
appearance; good instructions; includes
details on how to civilianise your kit.
||ALPS decals require extra
care in handling and application; issues with the white markings
and surrounding "insignia red".
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.
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.