AOA Decals 48-014R: Spooks from the Beach: USMC F-4B/J Phantoms in Vietnam 1

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Scott Van Aken

As many of us are aware, the USMC used the F-4 as a mud mover in South Vietnam rather than operating from carriers. The plane's ability to carry a substantial ordnance load was much appreciated by the troops on the ground. This set includes markings for 15 aircraft as based in country with a few when in Iwakuni, Japan. Note that though the VMFA-115 markings appear grey in the scan, they actually are a bright silver.

So here is what you get:

VMFA-115 has the most options with six covering the period from 1968 until 1973.

VMFA-212 has a single option from 1972.

VMFA-232 has two options from 1969 to 1973.

VMFA-314 has a pair from 1968-69.

VMFA-323 has three aircraft from 1967-68.

Finally VMFA-334 has a single option from the 1968-69 period.

In addition to all the unique markings, there are two sets of wing and fuselage walk areas in black. What makes this the revised set is the full sheet of stencils and intake warning/wing walk markings. Not shown is a sheet with US insignia.

As usual the instructions are first rate and provide a wealth of information on each aircraft. Very useful to have when building your F-4.

October 2021

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