Cutting Edge Modelworks
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|Contents and Media:
||1 decal sheet
203mm x137mm; 1 letter-sized colour placement guide; 1
supplementary text sheet
subjects; perfect registration; minimal carrier film; attractive
instructions; some stencil markings included; Black Magic masks
available (separately) to assist painting of rudder markings.
Starboard sides are not shown - especially important for RAN A-4G
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Reviewed by Brett Green
Cutting Egde has released a selection of decal sheets for Hasegawa's
1/48 scale A-4E Skyhawk kit. The subjects are all colourful and
Both sheets feature excellent printing with perfect registration and
minimal carrier film. Because there are only two subjects on each sheet,
the main profile diagrams are especially large. Upper views are provided
for to supplement the single side profiles for each aircraft.
The contents of the sheets are as follows:
Two Skyhawk subjects in standard US Navy Light Gull Grey and White
camouflage are covered in set CED48147:
A-4E Skyhawk, CAPT Conrad Cadman, VMA-311.
The task of painting the complex rudder markings will also be eased by
using Black Magic Mask set no CEBM 48487.
A-4F Skyhawk, CDR Fred Gosebrikk, VA-164,
USS Hancock. Note that this machine was upgraded to "SuperFox"
standards, requiring Cutting Edge's conversion set with the larger
intakes. The catalogue number for the conversion is CEC 48316.
image of this decal placement sheet is included at the top of this review. Skyhawk subjects covered in set CED48148 are:
A-4G Skyhawk, Royal Australian Navy, in a
two-tone wraparound camouflage scheme. My initial impression was that
the roundels looked small and the Kangaroo a little undernourished.
Comparison to reference photos suggest that the roundels on these
interestingly camouflaged Skyhawks were smaller than those worn
on the grey and white A-4Gs. The roos on these wraparound Skyhawks also
varied slightly in size and position inside the blue circle.
However, the absence of lower and starboard
side views for this aircraft means that the modeller will have to find
their own references for these aspects of the wraparound scheme.
A-4F Skyhawk, CDR Mark Gilfrey, VA-55 War
Horses, USS Hancock 1974. Note that this machine was upgraded to
"SuperFox" standards, requiring Cutting Edge's conversion
set with the larger intakes. The catalogue number for the conversion
is CEC 48316. The task of painting the complex rudder markings will
also be eased by using Black Magic Mask set no CEBM 48487, but Cutting
Edge have also included individual decals for the coloured horizontal
stripes and the chequered fin tip.
These new decals from Cutting Edge will provide some colourful
variations for your Hasegawa Scooters. They also give you two nice options
if you want to convert your standard Skyhawk to "SuperFox"
configuration via Cutting Edge's separately available resin conversion
for the review samples.
Cutting Edge Decals are available from
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 22 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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