A-6E Intruders Decals
First, let me thank Squadron Products for these review samples an IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.
The recommended model for these two sets of decals is the Revell 1/48 A-6E Intruder. Revell first released their A-6E 23 years ago in 1988 (kit # 4578). They have re-released it in 2011 (kit # 85-5626). The new kit includes decals for VA-85, the Black Falcons on the U.S.S. Forrestal and VA-35, the Panthers on the U.S.S. Nimitz. The old kit contained decals for VA-196, CAG, on the USS Coral Sea and VA-85 on the USS Saratoga.
Squadron Products has issued two new decal sheets for this old, but popular war bird. Decal set MS481254 contains markings and tail art for Marine squadrons VMA-121 and VMA-224. Decal set MS481253 contains markings and tail art for VA-196 and VMAT-202. You may have noticed a repeat, VA-196, with the old Revell kit. The decals for VA-196 were added after the release of the movie, Flight of the Intruder in 1991.
The decals come packaged in a zip-lock bag along with a full-color instruction sheet. The instructions provide painting and placement data along with a few helpful notes. Each package contains all the decals you need, national insignia, unit art, airframe stencil data, for you to complete two A-6Es.
Cartograf prints each set of decals. That should be enough said. But, to continue, each set is very thin and the carrier film is at a minimum around the edges of each item. The color registry on each set is perfect. You'll see no white edges around the stars and bars of the national insignia.
While the decals are thin they are strong enough to manipulate as they are placed on the raised panel lines of this model. Maybe just a little setting solution will be needed with the panel lines. The colors are strong and vibrant and should cover the underlying fuselage colors with no problem.
Any of these decals will definitely dress up this mature but fine Revell kit. The quality of these decals is top-notch and they are a solid value at the price.
Thanks again to Squadron Products and IPMS/USA for these review samples.