Caracal Models CD 72065: U-2

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Scott Van Aken

We don't see many decal sheets for 1/72 U-2s and that may well be due to the difficulty of finding kits. There have been a few done over the years in this scale. One is by Airfix and has been reboxed by MPC in the mid 1980s. While of the raised panel line generation, makes into a very nice model. I also think MPM/Special Hobby have done one. The other is one I've not seen that is by Academy. This latter kit is garnering ridiculous asking prices on the auction sites so we can only hope that the two are reissued.

This particular sheet covers ten different aircraft with a number of interesting camouflage schemes. Here is what is available.: 

U-2A 56-6701, USAF - Air Force Flight Test Center, USAF

U-2A 56-6715, USAF - 4080th SRW, 1960

U-2A 56-6703, USAF - 4080th SRW, 1958

U-2A "N800X", Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

U-2A "N803X", Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

U-2A 56-6682, USAF - 4080th SRW, 1961

U-2F 56-6676, USAF - shot down over Cuba during Cuban Missile Crisis (Maj. Rudolf Anderson's airplane)

U-2A 56-6681, USAF - 4080th SRW,

U-2A 56-6722, USAF - "Project Hi-Cat", 1967

U-2C 56-6680, USAF - 100th SRW, 1976

The markings are printed by Cartograf with enough insignia and data markings to do two aircraft.  Instructions are excellent and provide not only placement, but additional information as well.

March 2017

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