Cutting Edge Decals
S u m m a r y
CED48163 - A-4 Skyhawks
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
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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Markings for two A-4 Skyhawks are included on
this sheet and it is recommended for use on Hasegawa’s new 1/48 scale
Firstly, an early Skyhawk that goes way back!
Bureau No 139943C is an A4-D of the Atlantic
Fleet’s VA-44. This is a bright looking bird! The entire fin tip and
rudder are finished in a medium blue (FS 25102). Painted onto the
rudder are a myriad of different sized white stars. The blue and white
theme is continued to the fuselage sides in the form of a very large
arrow – spectacular to say the least.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Anyone attempting this model is going to have
to paint the rudder themselves in the same blue as the fuselage arrow.
The instruction sheet suggests Floquil 303046 as a match. That is the
easy part! The rudder’s white stars are supplied as a single decal
that you will have to coax to settle down over the external
reinforcing ribs. Given the quality of Cutting Edge decals I would be
surprised if this not achievable. However, being the coward that I am,
I would cut the stars apart and apply them individually to ensure a
The other aircraft featured on the sheet is an A-4C of VA-113 Stingers
when it was aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. Nice simple markings here!
Simply paint the top 1/3 of the tail and rudder as well as the tips of
the drop tanks in the same FS 25102 blue and you are done. The
supplied markings also include large squadron insignia for both sides
of the fuselage and tiny blue stingers and drop tank markings. The
dreaded rudder ribs raise their ugly head here. Cutting Edge has made
this task easy by supplying each rib as a separate blue decal.
However, application of these rib decals will require patience to
produce a neat result.
As with the other Cutting Edge –C and – D Skyhawk sheets the starboard
side stars and bars is supplied in a modified form to allow it to
settle down over the base of the refuelling probe. Stencil data is at
the bare minimum with only the large and visible stencil data rescue
and warning markings present. Thankfully, the wing walkways are also
provided as decals as is the black portion of the tailhook markings.
The only bugbear with this sheet is the lack of an anti-glare decal.
Apart from that minor issue, this is a good effort by Cutting Edge.