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Gunships: Raining Fire (1)

AOA Decals 1/144 Gunships: Raining Fire (1) Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject Gunships: Raining Fire (1) Scale 1/144
Set Number 14401 Pros Markings for 14 aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $11.49

First Look

AOA Decals is back with their first release in 1/144 scale. This set provides markings for both the AC-119G Shadow and AC-119K Stinger designed for the Roden kit. This set provides a variety of USAF and VNAF examples, complete with their distinctive nose art.

Gunships: Raining Fire (1) Gunships: Raining Fire (1)

The aircraft provided in this decal set include:

  1. AC-119K, 53-7830, 18 SOS, 1969-70, 'Fly United'
  2. AC-119K, 53-7830, 18 SOS, 1972, 'Black Killer Duck'
  3. AC-119K, 52-9982, 18 SOS, 1969-70, 'The Super Sow'
  4. AC-119K, 52-5864, 18 SOS, 1969-70, 'Montezuma's Revenge'
  5. AC-119K, 52-5945, 18 SOS, 1969-70, 'The Polish Cannon'
  6. AC-119K, 53-3154, 18 SOS, 1969-70, 'The Pea Nut Special'
  7. AC-119G, 53-8069, 819 AS/VNAF, 1971+
  8. AC-119G, 53-8089, 819 AS/VNAF, 1972+
  9. AC-119G, 52-5905, 17 SOS, 1970, 'Charlie Chasers'
  10. AC-119G, 52-5942, 17 SOS, 1970, 'Charlie Chasers'
  11. AC-119G, 53-8069, 71 SOS, 1969, 'City of Columbus, Indiana'
  12. AC-119G, 53-7848, 17 SOS, 1970, 'The Charlotte Representative'
  13. AC-119G, 52-5927, 71 SOS, 1969, 'The Devil's Advocate'
  14. AC-119G, 53-3136, 71 SOS, 1969, 'Burks Law'

The decals are in perfect register (printed by Cartograf) and in addition to the individual subjects, this set has two complete set of airframe stencils. In addition to decal placement diagrams for the individual aircraft and airframe maintenance stenciling, the instructions also walk you through the process of accurizing the Roden kit.

This is the first comprehensive decal set for the Shadow/Stinger and will provide some distinctive options for both gunship types. For more information about this set and the other releases from AOA Decals, visit their website at www.aoadecals.com.

My sincere thanks to AOA Decals for this review sample!