Vietnamese Spads (1)
The Vietnamese operated the AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders alongside their US counterparts. The Spad, or Sandy, was actually developed in the waning hours of WWII. It saw service in Korea and Vietnam. Capable of carrying a variety of ordnance and still having long loiter times the Spad was a vital part of the Air Rescue operations of the US and Vietnamese. Close air support was the name of the game and the Vietnamese were sold Skyraiders and they used them as effectively as their US counterparts.
The Vietnamese deployed the Skyraider in a variety of paint schemes. This first sheet covers the Skyraiders from 1962 all the way up to 1971 with some really colorful schemes.
The decals come packaged in a large ziplock baggie with two double-sided 8.5x11 full color instruction sheets. There is an additional information sheet on the general stencils. There are markings for TEN aircraft. The paint schemes range from overall light grey to Southeast Asia paint scheme to a very unique brown and green pattern. The tail bands add a flare for color seldom seen on US planes.
The actual decals come on a large sheet measuring 6 x10 ¾ inches. It is quite colorful and the markings are in perfect register. There are plenty of extra national markings and main stencils to do multiple aircraft. The decals are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are world class. They are in perfect register, with good color saturation and very thin. They will react well with every settling solution I’ve ever tried on them.
Each aircraft is given at least one side view and plan views of the top and bottom of the wings. Color callouts are given in FS numbers so you can choose your preferred paint.
While designed for the Tamiya Skyraider kits, this sheet can be used on other models as well. There is excess length on the bottom fuselage bands to allow you to fit them on different kits. The bottom decals will have to be trimmed to fit your kit exactly.
If you want to add some unique colors to your Skyraider then this sheet and the follow-on one are just what you need. World class research done with the help of Don Logan, AOA delivers yet again with a stellar sheet of incredible markings for TEN aircraft with world class decal printing. It doesn’t get much better than this. Get them while they are available. While you are on their website check out all the other great decals.
Thanks to AOA Decals and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them directly at www.AOAdecals.com . Let them know you heard about it here at IPMS/USA.