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FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces

AOA Decals 1/32 FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces Scale 1/32
Set Number 32025 Pros Markings for 14 distictive aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $19.50

First Look

AOA Decals is back with a nice set of markings options for Roden's recent 1/32 O-2 Skymaster kit. While I say 'options', I really mean that this set is essential as the stencils and markings in the kit's decals are a bit rough. This set provides sufficient stencils for two aircraft in addition to the 14 USAF and VNAF aircraft subjects.

FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces

The aircraft provided in this decal set include:

  1. O-2A, 67-21304, 1969
  2. O-2A, 67-21318, 1968/69
  3. O-2A, 67-21341, 1968
  4. O-2A, 67-21353
  5. O-2A, 67-21414
  6. O-2A, 67-21436, 1968
  7. O-2A, 68-6857
  8. O-2A, 68-11069, 110 Observation Sqn, VNAF (see note 1)
  9. O-2A, 67-21398, 1969
  10. O-2A, 67-21342, 23 TASS, 1968
  11. O-2A, 67-21418, 23 TASS, 1968
  12. O-2A, unknown, 21 TASS (?), 'THE FAC', 1969
  13. O-2B, 67-21447
  14. O-2B, 67-21458
  15. O-2B, 67-21469, 1969

Note 1: The VNAF example has the large left-side pilot's window which is not rendered in the kit.

Note 2: The O-2B PsyWar (BS Bomber) has unique details not included in the Roden kit and will have to be scratch-built or await a conversion.

Note 3: 'THE FAC' has appeared in at least one photo from Vietnam but no serial number is shown. If you have a better photo with serial numbers, please let me know!

Note 4: 'DON'T SHOOT' is rendered on the kit's decal sheet but not included here as there isn't any photographic evidence that a Vietnam aircraft had that atop its wing (though there is a warbird carrying these markings). If you have photos to the contrary, please share!

I had waited on building the O-2 kits (I bought two) because the kit's decals needed replacing, but now AOA Decals has come through this this great set printed by Cartograf. Like their O-1 Birddog set (another project awaiting its turn on my bench), this set provides some nice options and sharper printing to enhance your next O-2 project.

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!

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