Superscale 481257: OA-37B Dragonfly
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$12.00 SRP


Scott Van Aken

This latest sheet from Superscale is designed for the Monogram or Encore 1/48 OA-37 Dragonfly. The sheet provides markings for four aircraft and includes insignia and data markings for all of them. Included in the full color instructions is a detailed data placement guide.

First up is an aircraft assigned to the 6510th Test Wing at Edwards AFB. Typical of many aircraft based there in 1982, this plane was painted overall white with large sections of International Orange.

Next is an overall Gunship Grey aircraft based with the 19th TASS in Korea during 1989 near the end of the type's operational career with the USAF.

The third option is an aircraft that was with the 24th TASS at Howard AFB, Canal Zone during 1988. This aircraft is shown in Euro I camouflage.

The last option is an aircraft with the 169th TASS, at Peoria, IL in June of 1990. This aircraft carries the red flight color on the fin tip. Other IL ANG flight colors I have seen are blue and white. Though shown in Euro I in the instructions I believe this to be in error. To my knowledge, few OA-37s ever wore this scheme and instead had the Lizard scheme of Engine Grey 36081 and Dark Green 34079. If you look at this photo I took of this same plane on 5 September 1990, you can see what I mean. Though the colors have faded, it seems pretty obvious that there is no lighter green. However, the choice is yours as there were OA-37s in the Euro I scheme. You will also notice that  the tail code/serial does not encroach onto the rudder. By the time of my image, there is no artwork.

The decals are superbly printed by Cartograf and provide some nice options to the kit markings.  

January 2012

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