A-10 Thunderbolt II
Cutting Edge Decals
S u m m a r y
32021 (Limited Edition)
A-10 Thunderbolt II Part 2
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour A-4
instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
||Six interesting options;
good variety of schemes; excellent instructions; comprehensive
notes; FS colour equivalents and model paints quoted.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Some aftermarket companies take a particular
aircraft to their hearts and produce a myriad of detail sets,
conversions and decal sheets for it. Such is the case with Cutting
Edge Modelworks, the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the Trumpeter kit. Go
the Meteor Productions website at
using their search facility, type in A-10 Thunderbolt II and you will
see what I mean!
sheet is their latest foray into the world of the A-10. It provides
enough markings for the modeller to replicate six different Warthogs:
“The Huntress” of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
finished in the Euro 1 scheme sporting a shark mouth on the nose and
blue fin tops with white lightning bolts. The markings also include
full colour Tactical Air Command (TAC) shields and the distinctive 23rd
TFW “Flying Tigers” shields as well as the “Huntress” herself.
One of the five different airframes of the 577th
TFW that were painted up in experimental camouflage schemes especially
for the Joint Attack Weapons System (JAWS) tests conducted in November
1977. The JAWS tests were conducted to establish the best camouflage
scheme to apply to ground attack aircraft. The JAWS scheme on –259 is
basically overall FS 34102 with splotches of four other colours
applied in a seemingly random pattern over the entire airframe. Other
markings for –259 include the distinctive yellow and black
checkerboards for the fin tops (These decals are supplied as separate
yellow band and a black checkerboard band so there is no chance of
any off-register printing), black stencil-type TAC shields and 577th
TFW shields. Serials are also provided for three other 577th
TFW aircraft – 75-258, 75-260, and 75-262. These
three aircraft were also part of the JAWS trial and wore differing
schemes with the basic difference being in the colour of their overall
base coat. One extra set of TAC/577th TFW black stencil
style shields as well as a further yellow and black checkerboard.
This time, the checkerboard is supplied as a single decal and is in
80-149 – The markings for the final airframe are
for a machine of the 45th Fighter Squadron, 930th
Operations Group. This airframe is finished in the Euro 1 scheme with
black and white D- Day markings applied around the engine pods and
wings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day
landings. The aircraft also sports blue fin tops but these have a
thin yellow stripe at their base. These stripes are supplied on the
sheet to make the modeller’s life a little easier. Full colour 45th
Fighter Squadron shields adorn the nose with another Squadron specific
Black stencil-style marking on the tops of the vertical stabilizers.
If you intend to model this aircraft you need to check on one point.
The instruction sheet shows the “last three” of the serial number in
white on the sides of the nose but these have been supplied in black
on the sheet applied.
Cutting Edge has done an excellent job with the
instructions for this sheet. They are supplied as a full colour
double-sided A-4 sheet that shows side profiles and plan views of the
upper and lower surfaces for each of the schemes.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Also included is a further single-sided sheet
that gives comprehensive notes for each of the options, a listing of
all the required FS 595 paints with their model paint equivalents and
a bibliography to assist the modeller in his search for references.
This is an excellent, good quality decal sheet
with well-researched supporting information. It also represents good
value by supplying enough markings for six different aircraft and it
has been a while since I have seen that many options on a 1/32 scale