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DECAL REVIEW


AoA Decals # 32-009
Intruders From the Sea: USN/USMC A-6A, A-6B,
and KA-6D Intruders in the Vietnam War
1:32 Scale

 

The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the primary long-range strike aircraft of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for most of the latter half of the 20th century. Following its introduction to the fleet in 1963, it wasn’t long until Intruders were in combat over Vietnam, and later, further distinguished service followed over Lebanon, Libya and the Persian Gulf in the 1980s, and finally, Iraq and Kuwait in the Operation DESERT STORM.  Here, AoA Decals have released a third set of 1:32 scale markings for Navy and Marine Intruders during the Vietnam era.

This decal set is designed to fit the Trumpeter A-6A kit.  The set consists of four large sheets covering squadron markings and airframe stencils for one airplane.  In all, 14 different schemes are provided:

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 are likewise excellent and cover everything on the airplane to the GRU-5 and -7 ejection seats, MERs, TERs, and more. The thorough instructions for airframe markings, technical notes (including details on the flak curtains), loadout variations, and historical notes come in color on nine double-sided pages and one insert. To build the A-6B Mod 0 (the Wild Weasel Intruder armed with AGM-45 and -75 anti-radiation missiles) either some scratchbuilding will be needed to bring the model up to the proper external configuration, or you can use Steel Beach's conversion set (see our review HERE). The KA-6D buddy refueling package can also be scratchbuilt, but again, Steel Beach Accessories produces a conversion set for the Trumpeter kit.

These decals continue the extremely high standard of quality, research, and accuracy seen in their first releases.  Scale modelers of all backgrounds and skill levels will indeed find them an absolute pleasure to work with when building one of these Vietnam-era, high-viz Intruders.

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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