Cutting Edge Decals
S u m m a r y
CED48162 - A-4 Skyhawks
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
||Two interesting options
(incorporating spectacular markings on one); national markings
split to fit over kit features; wing walkways and tailhook
markings supplied as decals; good instructions; reference sources,
FS colour equivalents and model paints quoted.
||Limited stencil data
supplied; no anti-glare decal.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Cutting Edge Modelworks seem to have taken a
shine to the A-4 and this sheet is one of three new A-4 sheets that
they have released designed to fit the beautiful Hasegawa A-4 series.
The A-4 has been around for a lot of years and as a result has worn
the markings of many different USN and USMC squadrons. Not only that,
but the markings the squadrons have applied have changed through the
years This sheet reflects the evolution in markings for two of the
better known A-4 operators.
The first aircraft on the sheet is -C, Bureau No 145140 and it carries
the markings of VA-192 Golden Dragons whilst it was aboard the USS Bon
Homme Richard or “Bonnie Dick" as it was more commonly known.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
These markings show two different versions of
the “dragon”. Four full-sized dragons are supplied, two for each drop
tank and two “head only” versions for either side of the fuselage. The
tail tip was also painted gold and thankfully, this is provided as a
decal so as you don’t have to fiddle around and try to match the same
gold colour of the other “dragons” These decals are sufficiently large
enough so as they can fold over one another on the top of the tail
The other aircraft is a -E, Bureau No 150032 of VA-55 Warhorses. This
is a reasonably bland early version of their markings that later
developed into something really spectacular. The colour is confined to
green “checkmarks” on either side of the fin and a green checkered fin
tip. As with the fin tip markings for the Golden Dragon’s aircraft,
these are supplied as decals that will fold over the top of the fin –
you need to be careful here so as they will just meet and not fold
over. Such is the sum total for this aircraft.
A limited amount of stencil data is provided – read the big, visible
stuff! If you really want to go to town and include all of the
stencils that these aircraft carried you are going to have to either
use the kit supplied stuff or find it elsewhere.
What is a good move on Cutting Edge’s part is the provision of a
modified stars and bars to fit over the in-flight re-fulling probe on
the starboard side of the –C’s nose.. Another sign that the guys at
Cutting Edge are modeller friendly is the way they have produced the
stars and bars for the –E version as separate designs so that they
will fit on and around the open airbrakes. The wing walkways are
provided as decals as well – no masking! My only disappointment is
that the nose anti-glare panel is not included.
The decal placement is in the form of a folded letter sized sheet with
a full colour guide. There is a nice colour cross reference included
that lists FS number matches to the popular brands of model paint
needed to correctly finish the model. The sheet also provides a
bibliography of references including a note of “numerous photos from
the David Klaus collection”. It would be really nice for
modellers to have access to these photos too.
The whole thing comes packed in what has become the industry standard
of a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
This is a good effort from Cutting Edge Modelwoks and is recommended
to those who want to have a “different” Skyhawk on their shelves.