1/48 Scale Decals by Adeco
Reviewed by Brett Green
Corsairs of any variant were not particularly colourfully marked aircraft. That is a shame. The jutting nose, the distinctive gull wings and its generally aggressive lines, combined with its long and impressive combat history make it an excellent modelling choice.
Perhaps the most colourful group of Corsairs were those associated with the post-war French Aeronautique Navale. The tricolour rudder, unique roundels and other markings add a great deal of interest to the Corsair. With the addition of Suez campaign black-and-yellow wing stripes, the French Corsair takes on a unique flavour.
The F4U-7 Corsair was built specifically for the French Navy. The design was basically an F4U-5 Corsair married to a reconditioned Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W from the F4U-4. 94 of these hybrid export aircraft were delivered.
French Corsairs saw plenty of action. Between 1953 and 1962, F4U-7 and AU-1 Corsairs were used by the French in Tunisia, Algeria and the Suez region.
Adeco's new decals permit the modeller to depict their Corsair during any of these periods of action. Markings for six F4U-7 and two AU-1s are included. Two styles of national markings are included. Early Corsairs were delivered with an incorrect shade of dark blue for the roundels and tricolours. The correct mid blue-grey colour is also supplied. Two complete sets of roundels and rudder markings are supplied. The anchors for the rudder markings are supplied separately to permit the option of painting these large stripes.
Stencil markings are also provided, including propeller decals.
The decals are printed in perfect register. Opacity looks good, and the colours are certainly better than those provided in Hasegawa's F4U-7 kit decals.
Highly Recommended to anyone building Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F4U-7 Corsair.
Thanks to Vincent from Adeco for the sample
Adeco decals and accessories are available from MDC's website and hobby outlets.
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett