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Superscale 48-309 for A-6E Intruder




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Review By:

Scott Van Aken



The last dedicated US Navy medium attack bomber was the A-6 Intruder. First used in Vietnam and last operated during Desert Storm in 1991, the A-6 was withdrawn from fleet use shortly after the end of the desert war. It has been 'replaced' by the F-18 Hornet, an aircraft that has neither the range or the payload of the A-6. It is possible that the F-18E/F will finally give the USN the range and payload that it had with the A-6 Intruder.

Like all other US military aircraft, the Intruder went through the change from colorful unit markings to the low-viz markings and was much poorer for it. Basically what was left was shades of grey or black. In this case all the markings on this sheet are in very dark grey or in black. They are just a boring as the real aircraft were, but there are times when low-viz is what you want so Superscale has done a sheet of them for us.

There are enough common markings to do two of the aircraft and enough insignia for all three. There is also a fuselage walkway area and some extra dark grey should you wish to use it. Not all aircraft had this walkway on it so check your references. All three aircraft do not have the TRAM pod on the underside of the nose, so these are early A-6Es.

The first is from the training unit VA-42 at NAS Oceana

Next is another Oceana based aircraft from VA-55.

Final scheme is from yet another east cost unit, VA-176. 

All have toned down and simplified unit markings and insignia.

Review sheet courtesy of me and my wallet.

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