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VMFA-323 Death Rattlers

AOA Decals 1/32 VMFA-323 Death Rattlers Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2019 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject VMFA-323 Death Rattlers Scale 1/32
Set Number 32032 Pros Four colorful F-4B schemes
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $24.00

First Look

Here is a decal set for your Tamiya 1/32 F-4J kit backdated to the F-4B using any of the many aftermarket conversions (not included), providing your choice of four VMFA-323 Death Rattlers aircraft. This set looks at the markings of the squadron between 1967-68 during their deployment to Chu Lai AB.

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The subjects included in this set include:

  • F-4B, 152258, VMFA-323, WS/11, Chu Lai AB, South Vietnam, 1967
  • F-4B, 152258, VMFA-323, WS/11, Chu Lai AB, South Vietnam, 1967 (later)
  • F-4B, 150476, VMFA-323, WS/12, Chu Lai AB, South Vietnam, 1967
  • F-4B, 151422, VMFA-323, WS/9, Chu Lai AB, South Vietnam, 1968

The notes with the color profiles provide essential details that distinguish each aircraft like the MODEX 9 with slotted stabs, or distinctive mission markings like MODEX 12 with one elephant kill.

This set is printed by Cartograf and look great. As you can see, the set is provided on two sheets and provide markings for one aircraft including one thorough set of airframe stencils.

For more information about this set and the other releases from AOA Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to AOA Decals for this review sample!