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AoA Decals VMA(AW)-533 Hawks (1) - USMC A-6A Intruders in the Cold War -- 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.  The Hawks of VMA(AW)-533 were one of the more famous United States Marine Corps squadrons to have flown the “Iron Tadpole.”  They accumulated over 10,000 combat sorties over Southeast Asia between 1967-1969 and 1972-1973.  When not in theater, they were based at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. 

Here, AoA Decals provides what looks like will be a first set of planned decal sheets for markings of VMA(AW)-533 jets in 1:32 scale.  These decals are, of course, sized for the Trumpeter A-6A.  Decals are provided for three jets:

This decal set covering the Hawks A-6As from 1970 to 1975 really captures the squadron’s markings variations and colors evolution from the early to mid-1970s.  While the second scheme represents a very unusual one-off scheme from 1971, I am particularly fond of the 1975 blue-tailed jet with the white checkered rudder.  It just looks great.

Microscale printed the decals.  They produce excellent decals and are known for their precision print quality, sharpness, vibrancy, and highly restrained printing of carrier film.  All of these qualities show up here.  A second sheet is included and has the basic stencils for the high-viz gull gray-over white USMC A-6.  Still you might want to get the complete Intruder stencil set (see our review HERE).

As always, AoA’s depth of research and fastidious decal design shines through, especially in the airframe-by-airframe technical and historical notes including details on ejection seats (all three jets here were fitted with the early GRU-5 seats), ECM fairings, chaff dispensers, lights, and low-voltage formation strip light configurations and other really neat and really obscure minutia.    

These decals just keep further building upon 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 the Marines of VMA(AW)-533.  Looking forward to a Hawks Part 2 decal set to be certain.

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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