AOA Decals 48-007: The Intruder's Sandbox

Units: See review


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Scott Van Aken

AOA Decals continues with their superb Intruder decal sheets with this one covering the last conflicts in which the type was involved. In this case these are the two operations against Libya, Prairie Fire and El Dorado Canyon in the 1980s and the first Iraq war, Desert Storm, in 1991.

There are seven options covering five squadrons on the sheet. By this time the Intruder had been in service a goodly time and had undergone several repaints. For this reason, stencils were minimal and so there is no stencil suite with this one. It appears that you can build one plane from each unit with what is provided on the sheet. These are all in the Tactical Paint Scheme of FS 36320 over 36375 and thanks to the grey markings, it is sometimes difficult to see everything that is there in photos.

Starting with the Libya operations in 1986 we have single options for three units. These are VA-34 'Blue Blasters' from the USS America, VA-55 'War Horses' aboard the Coral Sea, and VA-85 'Black Falcons' from the Saratoga. Note that the lightning bolts on the sheet are for VA-55's Rockeyes.

Moving to Desert Storm in 1991 we have two options for each squadron. These are VA-35 'Black Panthers' from the USS Saratoga and a USMC unit, VMA-533 'Hawks' based at Sheikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain. 533's mission markings were applied after the war and also include missions flown during Desert Shield.

Instructions are superbly done and provide a plethora of information on each option. The Hobby Boss kit appears to be the one of choice as there is information on making it more accurate. kit.

Overall a great sheet and a must have for anyone interested in modeling the subject.

August 2016


Thanks to AOA Decals for the review sheet. You can find this sheet at this link, where you can also see profiles of each markings option.

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