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F4U-5/5N & AU-1 Corsair

 

Victory Productions

 


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Catalogue Number: VPD48001
Scale: 1/48 
Contents and Media: One 11" x 8" decal sheet (plus one tiny supplementary sheet); instructions
Price: USD$15.95
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Seven aircraft covered; variety of schemes, nationalites and markings; perfect registration; minimal carrier film; attractive colour artwork; comprehensive colour and background notes; stencils and smaller markings supplied;
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended 


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

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Victory Productions first decal release is designed for the Hasegawa 1/48 scale F4U-5/5N and (presumably forthcoming) AU-1 Corsairs.

A large, single decal sheet or 11" x 8" is supplied along with a tiny supplementary sheet. Seven subjects are packed onto this sheet. The decals are printed in Italy by Cartograf. As is usual from this firm, the colours are beautifully saturated, the registration is perfect and carrier film is kept to an absolute minimum.

Considering the overwhelmingly blue theme associated with these later Corsairs, Victory Productions have done a good job with the variety of finishes. The first subject is a Marines AU-1 in grey and white. There is another Marines AU-1 in overall Gloss Sea Blue with an arrow on the upper forward fuselage. Five F4U-5Ns make up the balance of the sheet - BuNo 124453 of VC-3 in overall Sea Blue with "toned down" markings in light blue, BuNo 122186 "Sleepless Knight", another overall blue machine with a grey radome cover; a black Corsair with red markings, BuNo 123176; an Argentinean aircraft attractively decorated with blue and white tail control surfaces and large white Armada markings; and finally a Honduran veteran of the "Soccer War" of 1969.

The instruction sheet is printed on glossy paper. One side is filled with well-presented colour artwork, and the reverse provides comprehensive colour notes and background on each aircraft.

The sheet also offers a bonus marking for a small extra charge, via a supplementary ALPS printed sheet of black markings for a grey and white Argentinean F4U-5. Directions for purchasing this limited-edition supplement are supplied on the decal instructions.

Victory Productions Corsair decal set is a professionally presented product that will be of great interest to anyone building Hasegawa's F4U-5N kit.

 Highly Recommended.


Victory Productions Decals are available direct from Victory Models Website


Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 31 July, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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