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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


AoA Decals #SS-001
Devil 501 and Devil 505:
A-6E Intruders on the Big Screen
1:32, 1:48, and 1:72 Scale



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Flight of the Intruder was a very popular and commercially successful 1986 techno-thriller novel by former Vietnam A-6 combat pilot Steven Coonts.  The plot surrounds a young Intruder pilot, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton, and his veteran bombardier-navigator (B/N), Virgil “Tiger” Cole.  Together, they question their role in the war and the restrictive and frustrating rules of engagement as they plan an unauthorized mission against a key target in Hanoi in 1972.  The book was adapted into a 1991 motion picture of the same name starring Brad Johnson, Willem Dafoe, and Danny Glover.  Of course, with my Grumman background, you can’t go wrong here – they’re Intruders, baby!       

In this special subjects release, AoA Decals provide 1:32, 1:48, and 1:72 scale decals for the fictitious A-6As as they appeared in the movie. Markings are included for two jets in these three scales: Devil 501, which was the jet flown by Grafton’s CAG (played by Danny Glover), and Devil 505, marked as Grafton’s Intruder with options for alternate B/Ns names (Morg McPherson who is killed in the opening of the story, and, later Virgil Cole).  Decals also include helmet markings for the protagonists of the film.

The Navy lent a few A-6Es from VA-165 Boomers that had their TRAM nose turrets removed and blanked off and then were painted to represent the story’s A-6As from VA-196 Main Battery.  Of course, the schemes flown on the movie birds are enough to make an accuracy-obsessed observer go mad.  The movie airframes were left in the overall 1990s-era two-tone grey TPS scheme (they were not painted gloss gull grey-over-white as they would have been during the Vietnam era), but the radome and flight control surfaces were painted white (as this was correct for the era).  However, the decals and painting/markings instructions ARE screen accurate.  They were thoroughly researched to make sure the decals are indeed correct, thanks to James Farmer’s August 1990 article in Air Classics.   

The decals were printed by Microscale, and they demonstrate outstanding print quality, sharpness, vibrant colors, and highly restrained printing of carrier film.  In a word, they are gorgeous.

So, if since the 1991 movie you’ve been interested in doing a screen-accurate jet from Flight of the Intruder, you’re covered here in spades.  What a great concept, and the decals can be fitted to any 1:32, 1:48 or 1:72 scale Intruder kit.  The only shortcoming is the lack of decals for the non-skid overwing walkways, but these are present in virtually every A-6 kit or in AoA Decals A-6 Intruder Airframe Stencils in 1:32 and 1:48 scales (also very enthusiastically recommended!).

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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