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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


AoA Decals VA-65 Tigers (2) - USN A-6E TRAM Intruders in the Cold War and Desert Storm -- 1:32 Scale


The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the primary long-range strike aircraft of the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps from 1963 to 1997.  Following its distinguished service in the Vietnam war, the A-6 saw combat in the 1986 airstrikes on Libya in Operations PRAIRIE FIRE and EL DORADO CANYON, and in 1991, the Intruder was a deep-strike workhorse during Operation DESERT STORM. 

Here, AoA Decals provides a second set of markings for historic Navy Intruders from VA-65 Tigers.  The first sheet (AoA Decals # 32-023) covers VA-65 Intruders from Vietnam into the 1970s, including the tragic 1967 FORRESTAL fire and their better- known markings from the following decade.  This set, sized for the Trumpeter kit, covers the squadron’s later low-visibility period of the A-6E TRAM in the early 1980s and during the Desert Storm 1991 era.  Decals are provided for four jets:

This sequel to the first VA-65 set is excellent, just like its predecessor.  The scheme choices are all excellent including the Tigers CAG jet from DESERT STORM (just gotta love the baseball bat-wielding [T.R.’s big stick] Garfield nose art), their higher-viz early 1980s colors, and the temporary experimental desert camouflage scheme applied to TIGER 503 during the first Persian Gulf war.  I think the latter will be pretty popular among scale modelers.

Cartograf printed the decals.  They are the best in the business, with their precision print quality, sharpness, vibrancy, and highly restrained printing of carrier film.  The airframe stencils were minimal on these TPS-painted jets, but what you’ve got is excellent and include the tailhook stripes, rescue arrows, and GRU-7A ejection seat warning and data placards. 

As always, AoA’s depth of research and careful decal design shines through, especially in the airframe-by-airframe technical and historical notes (including details on flak curtains, ECM fairings, and instructions, lights, and low-voltage formation strip light configurations.

These decals further uphold the high standard set by past releases by AoA Decals.  These are top-rate decals and should be an absolute pleasure to work with in representing the Intruders from the Grumman Ironworks that flew with VA-65.

Many thanks to AoA Decals for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.aoadecals.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AOAdecals

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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