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||1/72 and 1/48 scale
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||Double-sided full colour A-4
instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
USD$8.99 each from
perfect register; good saturation; complete markings; excellent
instructions including notes on each aircraft and marking
||No stars and bars for USN
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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This is one of Cutting Edge’s
earlier efforts. Issued in 1/72 scale as CED72096 and in 1/48 scale as
CED48096, this sheet covers four different A-1H Skyraiders, two belonging
to the USN with the other two bearing USAF markings.
First up is A-1H “Midnight Cowboy”
of the 1st Special Operations Squadron (SOS), 56th
Special Operations Wing (SOW). The markings provided for this aircraft
allow you to model it as it appeared at Nakhon Phanom (or as it was more
commonly referred to as -“Naked Fanny”) - Royal
Thai Air Force Base between October 1969 and April 1970. The aircraft is
painted in the standard South East Asia (SEA) camouflage of greens FS34102
and FS34079, tan FS 302219, and grey FS 36622. The individual markings
The wing marking codes and serials for
the tail – supplied in two parts; a slightly larger tan coloured one and
a black one to place on top of the tan one. I would guess that Cutting
edge have gone this route to prevent any register problems.
The “Midnight Cowboy” script – one of
each side of the cowl. There are four scripts in all. Two of them are in
the same tan as the surrounds for the tail codes and two are in
white/grey. I guess the script has a white/grey shadow to it and you have
to apply it first to replicate the one-to-one example.
The remainder of the decals for this
aircraft includes the stars and bars, pilot’s name for the canopy rail,
limited stencil data (ejection seat warning triangle and yellow “rescue”
arrow, “257”s for the front of the undercarriage doors,. the crew chief’s
name which is also on the undercarriage door – this appears to have been
standard practice for this squadron.
Next up is another 1st
SOS aircraft A-1H “Blood, Sweat and Tears”. Basic markings and colour
scheme are the same as “Midnight Cowboy” except that she wore temporary
black undersides for some missions and sported a replacement cowling ring
that was painted grey. There are other minor differences to stencil data
borne by this aircraft and these are also supplied along with the
appropriate serials and pilot/crew chief names.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
The first USN machine is Bureau
Number 137612 belonging to VA-115 “Arabs” as the squadron was then called
– it now bears the title “Eagles” and EFR, but that is another story! –
whilst they were aboard the USS Hancock in 1967. The aircraft is painted
in the standard USN gull grey and white finish with a green fincap. Apart
from the standard markings, less the stars and bars, the decals include:
A green fincap with the squadron’s white
camel. You have the option of applying the complete fincap as a decal,
which includes the squadron camel marking or painting the fincap and
applying a separate white camel.
40 black feet, yep you read right! There
are 40 black feet that you apply footprint wise in a track-wise from one
wingtip, over the fuselage and out to the other wingtip. Just why the
aircraft was marked this way is not clear and the instruction sheet
requests that, if you do know, you to tell the guys at Cutting Edge.
The last aircraft is the famous
A-1H Bureau number 137534 – modex 409 of VA-176 Thunderbolts whilst aboard
the USS Intrepid in 1966.
The markings borne by the aircraft
of VA-176 are controversial, to say that the
least. Debate rages from just which of their aircraft actually shot down
the Mig on 9 October 1966 to what colour the
lightning bolt on the tail was – red or orange?
As with the VA-115 machine, the
standard USN markings are supplied, again without the stars and bars.
Other markings include:
- VA-146’s orange tailed bee for
the fin/rear fuselage, red “Battle” Es, bomb markings, pilot’s name, and
the famous Mig kill silhouette.
Where this sheet shines is the
instruction sheet. A double sided page is included that gives details on
each of the aircraft. It advises which seats were in the aircraft (the
Yankee Extraction System seat or the plain old aluminium bucket) as well
as informing you on the different markings quirks with each aircraft. It
is with the VA-176 aircraft that the sheet is invaluable as it gives
Cutting Edge’s reasons for providing the markings in the size/colour and
format that they have – you have me convinced fellas! The sheet provides
an extensive bibliography as well as a matrix showing readily available
modelling paint matches to FS 595. An excellent on-line reference for the
USAF aircraft is the Official A-1 Skyraider Site at
http://skyraider.org/ where not only will you find pictures of
1st SOS aircraft, but you can also listen to the intel debrief
on the VA-146 Mig shootdown incident and watch video footage of Skyraiders
In 1/72 scale, the sheet has been
designed to fit the Hasegawa kit, whilst in 1/48 scale Cutting Edge
recommends either the Tamiya or Monogram kits.
The only disadvantage that I can
see with this sheet is that it does not supply the stars and bars for the
USN options. Other than that it is thoroughly recommended with the
correct VA-146 markings alone being worth the entry price.
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