AOA Decals 32-020: Dogs of War (2)
|Units:||USAF and US Army|
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During the Vietnam war, some of the most important aircraft were those that flew low and slow. This was particularly true of the planes that flew in South Vietnam in the never-ending hunt for Viet-Cong troop concentrations and hide-outs. As often as not, these aircraft were tasked to not only perform airborne eyeball recce, but to spot targets for the fast movers. During most of the war, it was the O-1 Bird Dog, basically a militarized Cessna light plane, that performed these tasks.
The Bird Dog had several benefits, not the least of which was the ability to slow loiter over an area. They had the benefit of not being as loud as helicopters, which were often able to be heard miles away. These planes usually had bright markings on the upper wings and sometimes the tailplanes so that incoming strike aircraft could spot them from above. The down side of these birds was a lack of crew protection, though some units installed armor plate on the underside of the seat to help protect from ground fire. Not only the US Army flew these, but one unit of the US Marines. As the war wound down (at least from a US standpoint), many Army and USAF planes were turned over to the VNAF.
This particular sheet covers three US Army planes:
199th Swamp Fox (two schemes) and 219th
Headhunters Reconnaissance Aviation/Airplane Companies (RAC) .
There are two similar USMC planes from VMO-6 (one shown on cover). Finally,
eight schemes for the VNAF from the 110th and 112th Observation Squadrons.
. There are two similar USMC planes from VMO-6 (one shown on cover). Finally, eight schemes for the VNAF from the 110th and 112th Observation Squadrons.
As you can see, there are a lot of different size VNAF insignia so you could do several planes, though there are only sufficient stencils for one aircraft. This sheet is for the new Roden kit and those wanting to do more, can use kit markings. Instructions are among the best in the business offering all sorts of information on the aircraft in question. Decals are superbly printed by Cartograf and will definitely result in a superb model.
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