The Dogs of War - USA/USAF/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

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April 9, 2016
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Model USA
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When you mention the Vietnam Air War most people think of the F-4 Phantom or the F-105 Thunderchief, not some slow moving single piston-engine airplane like the O-1 Bird Dog. But this little airplane played a pivotal role in close air support role over South Vietnam. The Model USA kit has been out for sometime but the markings options have been limited, that is until now. Thanks to AOA Decals we now have plenty of marking options.

Two decal sheets are contained in a 6x9 inch Ziploc. The instructions are printed in full color on four 8.5x11 double-sided pieces of paper. The cover is a beautiful full color shot of an O-1 on a mission over Vietnam. It will aid the modeler in weathering the model. Some color callouts are listed and the backside of the sheet has the stencils. The other sheets have side views, as well as, the top and bottom views of each airplane. Did I mention that there are marking options for TWENTY-THREE airplanes? That is TWO THREE! You will find something there that you will certainly like. Marking options are included for US Air Force, US Army, US Marine Corps and Vietnamese Air Force. Ten aircraft are US Army, seven USAF, two USMC and four VNAF airplanes.

The decals themselves are printed on two sheets. The decals are in perfect register and printed by Microscale. You know that they will react well to setting solutions and they are very thin and opaque.

The first sheet is a 6 x 9 that contains the markings for all the aircraft. There are some colorful marking options on this sheet. My personal favorite is ‘Cat Killers’ of the US Army. The door art on this airplane is quite unique and colorful. There are plenty of others that are striking. The second sheet is half that size and has the dark blue USAF markings.

Since the kit decals are out of register this decal sheet is essential if you have the Model USA kit. Twenty-three marking options on the sheet will certainly appeal to the modeler. The research is impeccable. World class printed decals from Microscale and twenty-three marking options. What more could you ask for from a decal sheet? This sheet is a must have. It made me go out and buy another kit to try these on.

Highly recommended

Thanks to AOA Decals and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours directly from AOA at Let them know you heard about it here.


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