AOA Decals 32-032: VMFA-323 Death Rattlers F-4B

Units: VMFA-323


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Scott Van Aken

This new AOA Decals sheet concentrates on VMFA-323 Death Rattlers and their Vietnam operations. Typical of the day, these are camouflaged in matte light gull grey over gloss white with white control surfaces and radomes. The markings on the aircraft are all quite similar with the unit's distinctive diamond bands on the fin and stabs.

The first option is an aircraft based at Chu Lai in 1967. Note that this aircraft has a goodly number of mission markings on the splitter plate. You are actually provided two options for this aircraft with one being an earlier version with fewer missions and different crew names.

Second aircraft is from about the same time frame and base. Note that this one has an elephant kill markings as the enemy was using this animal to carry supplies.

Our third aircraft is from 1968, but still based at Chu Lai. This aircraft differs from the others in that it has no mission markings, black intake walkways and the rattlesnake has been moved to the fuselage. It also has additional antennas and the buno data has been moved to just in front of the burner cans.

The set includes their new stencil sheet which was reviewed earlier, but here is a link so you can see what that looks like.

The sheet is designed for Tamiya F-4B conversions, though I'm thinking that one of these days, someone will eventually deside that we really need a flat wing F-4 in this scale.

Kit instructions are very well done and provide a number of notes to help you with your choice of schemes. For kits the Tamiya one is pretty much it in this scale for most, though Revell did one that is not as well done as the Tamiya offering and availability is questionable on the Revell kit.

If you are a large scale builder of F-4s, you should add this to your collection.

April 2019

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