FAC & BS Bomber Oscar Deuce USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymaster in the Vietnam War
We’ve had the Testors O-2A Skymaster for many years but with the release of the ICM O-2A we get a modern tooled version of this aircraft.
Inside of an 8.5 x 11 ziplock baggie are three pages of double-sided, high quality paper instructions printed in full color. The instructions are full of useful information including loadouts and color callouts. There are 11 USAF/VNAF O-2As and three O-2Bs. The colors range from all black, to grey and white to camouflaged O-2Bs. Included in the decals and instructions are markings for three O-2B aircraft, straight off the shelf Cessnas fitted with loudspeakers and leaflets. True there isn’t a kit or conversion yet but there are decals for those so inclined. I thought that was a nice touch plus they are colorful. That will be my next one.
The decals themselves are printed on a single sheet with the complete stencils on top in both red and black, followed by the individual aircraft markings below. The color schemes are very similar so you’ll have to pick yours based off of what you like. I chose one that was a homage to a fallen FAC from Australia. He had the kangaroo on the tail and red/black stripes on the tail. I could have been easily swayed to use the “THE FAC” all black aircraft, but after putting the model in primer I switched to the grey and white scheme. It grew on me.
AOA Decals has some of the best Vietnam era markings for aircraft of the era and this sheet is no exception. It is beautifully drawn, perfectly researched and simple enough to understand. The decals performed perfectly over a gloss coat with no silvering and very little settling solution. They are thin and in perfect register. I can’t say enough good things about them. They were the perfect decal for my ICM Skymaster. Another great decal sheet from AOA.
Thanks to AOA Decals and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them directly at www.aoadecals.com or by visiting your local hobby shop or online retailer. Let them know you read about it here at IPMS/USA.