AOA Decals 48-010: Battle Scooters (3)



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Scott Van Aken

Much of the Vietnam War that involved the USN and USMC, was fought by the Skyhawk. The Marines operated in country, attacking targets in the South while the Navy operated from aircraft carriers and usually attacked targets in the North.

This particular sheet is the second of several that are dedicated to the A-4 of different versions that operated during the 1964-70 time period. There are 12 different schemes all of them in the light gull grey and white scheme. Note that the grey was matte while the white was gloss.

So let us take a look at what is on this sheet. First up are a pair of Marine planes from VMA-211. Both are A-4Es and operated from Chu Lai in 1968/69.

Then we go to the Navy with an A-4C from VA-146 aboard the USS Constellation in 1964/65.

Three VA-155 options are next all aboard the USS Ranger. First is an A-4E from the 1964/65 cruise and two F models from 1968/69.

Next, an A-4C from VA-36 aboard the USS Intrepid in 1968/69.

Then we move to the unit with the most options. This is VA-94. First is an A-4C from the USS Ranger in 1964/65. We then move on to a mass of USS Bon Homme Richard based planes, all A-4Es. First is from 1968, one from 1969 in a CAG scheme, and finally two from 1970 with another CAG scheme.  

Though not shown, there is an additional sheet that contains all the insignia and data markings. This is sheet 48-004 and can be purchased separately if you wish to do multiple aircraft from this set. The sheet is designed for the Hasegawa kit so if you want to try them on the ESCI or Monogram versions, there is no guarantee that the stripes and fin markings will be an exact fit.

Not only are the decals superbly printed, but the instructions are first rate and a 'yuge' help in getting a well done replica. This is a 'must have' for Vietnam era Skyhawk fans who build in 1/48 scale. 

January 2017

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