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F-104 in Vietnam

Caracal Models 1/48 F-104 in Vietnam Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2016 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-104 in Vietnam Scale 1/48
Set Number 48102 Pros Ten unique subjects
Cons See text Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $13.99    

First Look

Here is a the latest from Caracal, this set for the Hasegawa or Eduard 1/48 F-104C Starfighter kit and provides markings for ten distinctive subjects.

T-6 T-6

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • F-104C, 56-0892, 479 TFW, Da Nang AB, 1965
  • F-104C, 56-0919, 479 TFW, Da Nang AB, 1965
  • F-104C, 57-0925, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Smoke II'
  • F-104C, 57-0923, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Hellooo Dolly'
  • F-104C, 56-0891, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Nancy J/Snoopy Sniper'
  • F-104C, 56-0910, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Pussycat'
  • F-104C, 57-0927, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Debbie Sue' ***
  • F-104C, 56-0938, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1967, 'Show Me'
  • F-104C, 56-0982, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1967, 'Bevie J VI'
  • F-104C, 57-0928, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1967

This set provides two bare metal examples staging out of Da Nang in 1965, the other seven are camouflaged F-104Cs operating out of Udorn. ***One of the subjects, 57-0927/'Debbie Sue' is included but the tail numbers are not provided. If you do want 57-0927, you can use 57-0928 that is also included and swap the 8 with a 7 from a subject you're not doing. You'll also see tail number 60989 provided on the decal sheet but not called out as this was probably for a bonus subject as that tail number is for an F-102A.

One complete set of camouflage stencils and one complete set of bare metal stencils are included so you can build one of each scheme out of this same sheet.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at http://caracalmodels.com.

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!

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