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DECAL REVIEW


AoA Decals # 32-017
Vietnamese Spads (1): VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War -- 1:32 Scale

 

The Skyraider was designed by the eminent Ed Heinemann of Douglas Aircraft during World War II. With its first flight in early 1945, the AD-1 (later re-designated A-1 and widely nicknamed as the Spad) missed that war, but went into combat over Korea.  It served in the medium attack role during Vietnam with the USAF and the US Navy, and even during the jet age, this piston-engine airplane proved itself as one of the most versatile and tough air-to-ground platforms.  By the late 1960s Skyraiders demonstrated particular value employed by the USAF’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in providing both cover in search and rescue missions and the "Sandy" helicopter escort combat rescue missions.

The A-1 was also flown by the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) for much of the Vietnam War.  As the Grumman A-6 Intruder took over the Skyraider’s duties, the VNAF began to receive these surplus Navy airplanes – eventually numbering more than 300 in their inventory.  By 1973, all remaining US Skyraiders went to the South Vietnamese.  As their close air support and ground attack workhorse, some have argued that South Vietnamese Skyraider pilots were amongst the most skillful of all A-1 operators.

Here, AoA Decals provides the first of two decal sheet sets in their 1:32 scale Vietnamese Spad series.  These are designed to fit the Trumpeter kit but can be adapted to the Zoukei-Mura kit as well.  Markings for 10 schemes covering eight A-1Hs are provided:   

These decals were printed by Cartograf, and the quality does not get any better than this. The airframe stencils are sharp and legible.  In fact, I must comment on the vibrant colors and remarkable decal design by AoA.  These may in fact be the most beautifully designed and printed decals I have ever seen, particularly with the rear fuselage bands.  They took my breath away when I first began to examine them, and they will probably inspire quite a few scale modelers to start an A-1 project - just so they can use these decals.  The choice in airframes and color schemes are also equally great, spanning overall gull grey, SEA camouflage colors, and indigenous VNAF color schemes from the early to late years of the war.  The instructions come on four 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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