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Sabre Dog

Part 1

97th FIS
Nose Art
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


Cutting Edge Decals



S u m m a r y

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Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Double-sided full colour A-4 instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
Price: USD$8.99 each
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Five options; excellent instructions; comprehensive notes; split decals supplied for markings over speed brakes.
Disadvantages: Minimal stencils; national markings for one aircraft only.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




This sheet is the first instalment in Cutting Edge’s series of markings for the F-86D.

The sheet provides markings for five different parabrake-equipped aircraft of the 97th Fighter Interception Squadron whilst it was based at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1955.

For your money you get individual serial blocks, serial numbers, side numbers and individual nose art for five different aircraft in natural metal finish. On the downside, you only get enough Stars and Bars, USAF titles, wing-walks and squadron markings for one aircraft.

The package includes a double-sided, full colour instruction sheet to show placement of the decals as well as a comprehensive sheet of notes that point out the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the markings worn by the different aircraft within the squadron. It is the little things pointed out on this sheet that makes the difference between a plastic model and a scale replica.

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Cutting Edge has also simplified the decalling procedure by providing the Stars and Bars and USAF titles already cut apart so that they can be applied to open airbrakes and around the wing fences.

Make no mistake - this is an excellent sheet as it is comes. However, Cutting Edge could make it even better if they were to provide a basic set of stencil data, and perhaps even an anti-glare panel.


Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
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Review Copyright © 2002 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 06 February, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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