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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


AoA Decals # 32-010 Combat Scooters (1): USN/USMC A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
1:32 Scale

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The legendary A-4 Skyhawk hardly needs an introduction.  This carrier-based attack aircraft was a 1950s-era design by Ed Heinemann and built by McDonnell Douglas.  Skyhawks played key roles in Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands. Arguably, the A-4 is also one of the sharpest looking, nimble, and storied airplanes of the 20th century.

AOA Decals continues their releases of high quality and interesting decal sheets, here with markings for 1:32 A-4Es of the Vietnam era.  This decal set is designed to fit the Trumpeter A-4E kit, but many of these schemes can be adapted without effort to the Hasegawa A-4E. The set consists of three sheets, one of which is 32-012 (A-4E, F, & M Skyhawk Airframe Stencils; if purchased separately, 32-012 has two sets of airframe decals, while only one set of stencils are inside 32-010).  A total of 10 different options for USN and USMC Scooters are provided:

This sheet covers three A-4E Skyhawk squadrons between 1966-1970, and as is often the case in AOA decal sheets, allows you to model the same airplane at different points in its lifetime, such as with and without the later avionics hump.

These decals are very welcome, indeed, since the Trumpeter A-4E/F decal sheet is widely inaccurate in terms of size, shape, and colors of markings.  AoA Decals also got right many of the little details, too. For example, the VMA-223 Bulldog insignia on the fuselage is nearly always shown in illustrations and in previous decal releases with a significant black outline.  However, the original Vietnam-era period Bulldog marking was really basic and just sprayed on, and these decals reflect this appearance.

These decals were printed by Cartograf, and the quality does not get any better than this. The airframe stencils are sharp and quite legible in 1:32 scale.  The instructions come on three double-sided pages, printed sharply and in color, and provide technical notes, stencil placement guides, and carefully researched details on the various paint schemes.

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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F-14 Tomcats,
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F-14 Tomcats,
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