USMC Intruders A-6A/E

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Scale
1/48
MSRP
$19.99
Product / Stock #
48-037
Base Kit
HobbyBoss
Company: Furball Aero-Design - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Furball Aero-Design - Website: Visit Site
Cover Sheet

Furball Aero-Design has been producing some awesome decals since being founded in 2012. With this latest release they addresses a somewhat new and popular kit, the HobbyBoss 1/48 scale A-6 Intruder. A little about the aircraft, the Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American mid-wing, all-weather attack aircraft powered by twin jet engines and built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Furball has given you the option to build two complete USMC examples from a selection of 13 marking schemes.

Along with the two Cartograf-printed decal sheets in the set, you get a total of five full-color printed instruction sheets. The first sheet illustrates all 13 possible jets, while another shows the location of the common wing markings and stencils. Again, enough stencils and insignias to cover two aircraft are provided. The instruction sheets provide the required FS numbers for each scheme. Although I wasn’t too familiar with Furball before this review, I do have a great deal of knowledge about Cartograf, so I know you will not be disappointed with the quality of these decals.

The decals provided are for the following planes:

  • VMA (AW) 121 A-6E 159314, MCAS Cherry Point, 1977
  • VMA (AW) 224 A-6E 152908, 1976
  • VMA (AW) 224 A-6A 157017, MCAS Cherry Point, 1974
  • VMA (AW) 225 A-6A 155700, Da Nang AB, RVN, 1969
  • VMA (AW) 242 A-6A 155621, 1977
  • VMA (AW) 332 A-6E 159316, 1978
  • VMA (AW) 332 A-6A 157002, MCAS Cherry Point, 1971
  • VMA (AW) 332 A-6E 15589, 1983
  • VMA (AW) 533 A-6A 155687, Nam Phong RTAB, Thailand, 1972
  • VMA (AW) 533 A-6A 155700, Nam Phong RTAB, Thailand, 1972
  • VMA (AW) 533 A-6A 152835, Da Nang AB, RVN, 1966
  • VMA (AW) 533 A-6A 155692, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, 1973
  • VMA (AW) 533 A-6E 155707, 1978

The instructions feature a cool chart that describes all of the possible munitions load-out configurations. It also shows each individual store’s position on one of the A-6’s five stores stations for each load-out described.

This is a great sheet, and it is highly recommended. I have not had the honor of using a set of Furball decals on a kit yet; however, after completing this on-sheet review, they will definitely be on the top of my list.

My thanks to Furball Aero-Design and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this sheet.

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