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"Marauding Corsairs II"
A-7 Corsair II Decals

Albatros Modelworks

 


Albatros' 1/48 scale Marauding Corsairs II are available from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number: ALC-48011
ALC-72011
Scale: 1/48 and 1/72 (1/48 scale set being reviewed)
Contents and Media: Three full-sized 14.5cm x 20.5cm decal sheets; one decal sheet approx. 9cm x 7.5cm; errata decal sheet 5cm x 14.5cm; two double sided, letter sized, full colour instruction sheets; two single-sided stencil marking sheet;
Price: USD$12.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Good range of nationalities, schemes and markings; perfect registration; excellent and inspirational colour instructions; stencils supplied
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for anyone building Hasegawa's A-7 Corsair II in 1/72 or 1/48


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

F i r s t L o o k

 

Albatros Modelworks' latest decal release in 1/72 and 1/48 scale is "Marauding Corsairs II". The subject aircraft is the A-7 Corsair II.

The chock-a-block contents of the "Marauding Corsairs" are crowded into a single ziplock bag. There are three full-sized decal sheets plus two small supplemental sheets. One decal sheet is dedicated to the imposing markings of the single US Navy Corsair, the second contains markings destined for the other subjects and the third large sheet covers stencils.

The decals on my 1/48 scale sample are in perfect register and display minimal carrier film. Especially noteworthy is the metallic gold lettering, which is printed with minimal grain.

Albatros Modelworks traditionally cast far and wide for subject matter, and this newest release is no exception. Although the quantity of choices is not as broad as earlier releases, they are nevertheless very interesting. The subjects on this sheet comprise:

  • A-7D of USAF in SEA scheme
  • A_7E of the Royal Thai Navy in grey and white
  • A-7E of the US Navy featuring wild tail and wing markings
  • A-7H of the Hellenic Air Force in SEA scheme and, the jewel of the crown,
  • A-7P of the Portuguese Air Force in a wraparound SEA-style scheme with a  commemorative scheme comprising a semi-gloss black tail, big images of a tiger's head on one side of the fin and a falcon's head on the opposite side, gold lettering announcing the hours flown by each remaining Corsair II squadron and a stylised "tear" around the mid-rear fuselage. Really great stuff!

 

 

As always, the glossy instructions are real highlight. Historical and colour notes support the first-rate artwork.

Two additional letter-sized sheets in black-and-white will aid stencil placement.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Albatros Modelworks has done it again with another inspiring release. The smaller number of choices does not diminish the appeal of these five subjects. They will look great on Hasegawa's 1/48 scale A-7 kit!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Eli from Albatros Productions for the review sample.


Albatros Productions Decals are available from many dealers including CRM Hobbies ,  Linden Hill Imports , Great Models webstore , Flightdecs , Meteor Productions , Victory Models , Hannant's , North American Hobbies and Squadron Mail Order


Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 16 April, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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