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HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights

AOA Decals 1/48 HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2020 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights Scale 1/48
Set Number 48016 Pros Seven distinctive subject options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $15.00

First Look

AOA Decals has returned with an interesting compilation of subjects. This set provides a cross-section of aircraft assigned to HMM-264 (reinforced) aboard the USS Bataan during its cruise 2006-2007. This release provides decal options for the Hasegawa 1/48 AV-8B Night Harrier and AV-8B+, as well as options for Academy's 1/48 CH-46E Sea Knight and 1/48 CH-53E Super Stallion.

HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights HMM-264 (REIN) Black Knights

The subjects included in this set:

  • AV-8B, 165597, HMM-264, EH/53, USS Bataan
  • AV-8B+, 164126, HMM-264, EH/54, USS Bataan
  • CH-53E, 161252, HMM-264, EH/20, USS Bataan, 'Lucky Lady'
  • CH-53E, 161521, HMM-264, EH/23, USS Bataan
  • CH-46E, 157664, HMM-264, EH/03, USS Bataan
  • CH-46E, 157706, HMM-264, EH/04, USS Bataan
  • CH-46E, 157673, HMM-264, EH/07, USS Bataan

While there are no color profiles provided for decal placement, the color-printed instructions feature photos of each subject from that cruise along with notes describing paint and details that are recommended to accurately replicate each subject.

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!