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Sabre Dog

Part 2

Commander 469th FIS, 1954


Cutting Edge Decals



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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: One very colourful aircraft; excellent instructions; thoughtful planning of chequers to minimise masking; split decals supplied for markings over speed brakes and around wing fences.
Disadvantages: No stencils; no background notes
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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The second of Cutting Edge’s F-86D sheets provides decals for just one aircraft but what a colourful one it is!

The machine is in natural metal finish overall and sports red and white checkered vertical and horizontal stabilizers with red and white stripes on the outer edges of the wings as well as a red and white striped sash for the fuselage. The sheet also proves a data block as well as buzz numbers, USAF wing titles, US Air Force titles for the fuselage, wing-walks and stars and bars.

Whilst the stripes are provided as a one-piece red and white decal, the checkers are in red only which means that the modeller has to spray the stabilizers in their favorite gloss white prior to applying the checkers. This is not a problem as from what I have seen of the Revell-Monogram kit; the fit of the stabs is perfect. A bonus feature of this sheet is that the white checkers of the bottom edge of the vertical stabilizer decals are provided with the white portion already coloured, which will make the masking off task even easier.

The package includes a double-sided, full colour instruction sheet to show placement of the decals but it does not provide any further information on the aircraft or, who in fact was the commander of the 469th FIS. This seems at odds with the previous Cutting Edge F-86D sheets that I have seen as they all contained full information on all of the airframes depicted.

As with their other F-86D sheets, Cutting Edge have assisted the modeller by supplying the stars and bars as separate “cut apart” decals so that they can be easily applied to the fuselage airbrakes and around the wing fences.

Again, my only misgiving is that Cutting Edge has not provided any stencil data on this sheet.


Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

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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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