AOA Decals 72-008: Vietnamese SpADs (1)

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Scott Van Aken

Despite being a Korean War era aircraft, the A-1 Skyraider was still in USN fleet service as a medium attack aircraft when the Vietnam War intensified. Its ability to carry a large payload and its long loiter time made it perfect for this conflict where enemy air power in its usual areas of operation were minimal or non-existent.

This was not lost on the USAF who decided to not only deploy the type themselves, but to supply them to the growing VNAF. Since the USN had a surplus of airframes, it was not hard to get them. Those aircraft transferred to the VNAF were often overhauled and repainted prior to issue and so early planes were an overall ADC grey. Later, as the USAF started turning over more airframes, they were painted in the SEA scheme or a local one with green and brown upper surfaces. There were a variety of markings on these planes and the bright fuselage bands of the early  use of the planes has made them quite a favorite for modelers.

This sheet includes schemes for 1st, 514th, 518th, 520th, 522nd (83rd SOG), 524th, and 530th Fighter Squadrons.  The markings provided span from the early 1960s to the early 1970s and also include two Skyraiders that were retrofitted with the Yankee extraction system.

There are sufficient markings to do several aircraft. The set is designed for the Hasegawa kit. The fuselage bands are a bit long and so it may well fit the Airfix or Fujimi offerings as well.  However, as is often the case, two kits of the same plane are not always 100% the same in dimensions. These aircraft were not stencil intensive and some had none at all so few are included. You can glean others you may need from the kit decals. Decals are superbly printed by Cartograf and will definitely result in a superb model.

November 2018

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