AOA Decals 1/32 FAC and BS Bomber Oscar Dueces Decal First Look
|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|
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.
The aircraft provided in this decal set include:
- O-2A, 67-21304, 1969
- O-2A, 67-21318, 1968/69
- O-2A, 67-21341, 1968
- O-2A, 67-21353
- O-2A, 67-21414
- O-2A, 67-21436, 1968
- O-2A, 68-6857
- O-2A, 68-11069, 110 Observation Sqn, VNAF (see note 1)
- O-2A, 67-21398, 1969
- O-2A, 67-21342, 23 TASS, 1968
- O-2A, 67-21418, 23 TASS, 1968
- O-2A, unknown, 21 TASS (?), 'THE FAC', 1969
- O-2B, 67-21447
- O-2B, 67-21458
- 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!