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||One decal sheet; one colour
artwork and decal placement guide; one black-and-white instruction
USD$8.99 from Meteor
||Beautiful artwork by Tom
Tullis; generous allowance of national markings; interesting
subjects; thoughtful inclusion of "painted-out" yellow roundels;
perfect register and colour opacity.
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
This 1/32 scale decal set is an up-scaled version of the excellent
limited edition 1/48 scale release (item no. 48120) from 2001. The
larger version will suit Trumpeter's 1/32 scale F4F Wildcat or, if you
are a glutton for punishment, Revell's old kit.
markings cover four Grumman F4F-4 Wildcats. All four Wildcats were
based at Guadalcanal in the turbulent period of 1942 to 1943.
This sheet features Tom Tullis' colour artwork in "ultra-realistic"
mode. Light, shadows, reflections and weathering are all subtly
depicted to create a very vivid, three-dimensional feel to the
artwork. Each aircraft receives a single port-side profile
Nobody could accuse Wildcats of this period of having garish colour
schemes. Each aircraft is finished in basic Navy camouflage of Blue
Grey over Light Grey. Despite the apparent limitations of this scheme,
the subjects are lifted from the norm by some very interesting
markings. "White 77" has a painted-out tail stripe, a cartoon caveman
on the fin and victory flags under the cockpit. "White 2" has the
number repeated on the nose and a swag of victory flags under the
cockpit. "Black 8" is a well-travelled machine with yellow Operation
Torch markings painted out around each roundel and a stylised Indian
Head under the windscreen. "Black 53" is plainly marked but
significant as the mount of Marines ace Capt. Joe Foss.
Two full sets of national markings are supplied, including one set
with Operation Torch markings "painted out". Registration and colour
on my sample sheet is perfect.
This is a terrific decal sheet to add interest to Trumpeter's 1/32
scale F4F Wildcat.
Thanks to Meteor
Productions for the review sample
Decals and accessories are available at
Meteor Productions Website
Review Copyright © 2003 by Brett Green
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