DECAL NOTES – 1
DON’T THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER.
Additional considerations and release information for Scale Specialties’ decal sheet 300AC-US-014 (FIGHTER AIR GROUP MARKINGS FOR USN FAST CARRIERS),
It has been found that an explanation is necessary when viewing this decal release. Primarily the markings on this sheet are colored white and as such in the smaller sizes presented, are difficult to see against the transfer paper’s light blue coloration.
Thusly, the full colored design sheet prepared for this decal release is included herein. The light greenish colored areas depict the extent of the decal carrier layer. The total decal proper is found surrounded by the carrier layer and assists to determine their locations on the sheet itself.
Care needs to be taken when the smallest individual aircraft number (that for the Hellcats and Corsairs of BUNKER HILL) found in the upper right hand corner of the sheet. Easily seen on the design sheet, these numbers are found along the vertical axis of the arrowhead carrier G Symbol and mid-way between them. The arrow heads on the upper row are for the upper and lower surfaces of the aircraft’s wings; lower version features the individual aircraft number located directly under the arrow head proper (for the Hellcats) and mid-way below along the shaft proper for the Corsair units. In both cases these numbers face forward. The left portion of the decal set for all presentations on the sheet is the port side insignia and distinguished with the individual number on the left. (A corrective tail insignia/individual aircraft number, “122”, a Corsair, will be found on the Addendum Sheet)
These numbers are: “133”, “134”, “135” for the Hellcat units and “122”, “167”, “168”, and “169” for the Corsairs. The larger numbers are placed on the fuselage sides with the smaller version (between the arrow heads) placed on the engine cowling. .
The smallest individual number is placed on the aircraft’s cowling. BUNKER HILL’s numbers are found on the main decal sheet with those for ESSEX’s units on the Addendum Sheet. Pay attention to the area of the decals being cut from the sheet for application to the model. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
BENNINGTON’s G Symbol, an arrowhead, appears on the vertical tail surface with the individual aircraft number being a part of the specific decal. The arrowhead insignias are also found on the upper and lower wing surfaces on BOTH port and starboard wings. The individual aircraft number is combined with the arrowhead symbol and faces forward when placed at the top of the fin-rudder assembly with the number forward of the rudder hinge. These numbers are: “62”, “63”, “64” for the Hellcat units and “2”, “3”, “5”, and “6” for the Corsairs
PRINCETON’s Hellcat face is placed directly against the forward edge of the engine cowling. In fact the drawing is carried along and through the air intake at the front of the cowling with red lips and white teeth on the original aircraft. Unfortunately something not easily duplicated as a decal at this scale.
ESSEX’s Hellcat units feature a small individual aircraft number placed just ahead of the national insignia on the fuselage side. Numbers supplied are: “122”, “123”, “124”, “125”, “126” and “127” on the Addendum Sheet. Corsair unit numbers are: “182”, “183”, “184”, “186” and “188” provided in large (for fuselage sides) and smaller versions (cowling area). Relative to the G Symbol itself (an hour glass), the longer side of the emblem faces the fuselage lying across the surface of the wing. Also found on the Addendum Sheet are the single color national insignia
USS ESSEX CV-9 -- Nov ’44 – Sept ’45 (Hellcats and Corsairs)
USS YORKTOWN CV-10 -- Aug ’43 – Aug ’44 (Hellcats)
USS HORNET CV-12 -- Mar’44 – Jan ’45 (Hellcats)
USS BUNKER HILL CV-17 -- Mar ’45 – June ’45 (Hellcats and Corsairs)
USS HANCOCK CV-19 -- Sept ‘ 44 – Jan ’45 (Hellcats)
USS BENNINGTON CV-20 -- Sept ’44 – June ’45 (Hellcats and Corsairs)
USS PRINCETON CVL-23 -- May – Oct ’44 (Hellcats featuring the famed “hellcat face”)
Usually, these are included with the decal instruction sheet(s). While not included with this offering, I felt it necessary to explain how these came to be.
In 1958, I was able to take a dependent’s cruise on the USS BENNINGTON CV-20 for a day from San Diego as a guest of my best friend Jeff Graham (now Dr. Graham) and his father, Cdr. Jack Graham, the ships supply officer. The experience has never left me and has always been a highlight of events in my life.
Couple this with the fact that the Navy’s G Symbols offer some interesting and challenging markings for miniature models and great consternation for the modeler who wishes to duplicate this period of WW II. The “challenge” is what keeps us (me) in this area of operations. This addition of new markings satisfies this need and I hope says, “thanks Captain Graham – I had a hell of a day.”
Norman E. Harms, Dir / Ops