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The Dogs of War

AOA Decals 1/72 The Dogs of War Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2015 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject The Dogs of War Scale 1/72
Set Number 72005 Pros Markings for 23 aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $15.00

First Look

AOA Decals is back with a new release that put a smile on my face. In this release, we have markings for the O-1/L-19 Bird Dog designed for the 1/72 Airfix kit and the Hasegawa reboxing of that kit. This set provides a really nice cross-section of Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft flown by the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and Vietnamese Air Force.

The Dogs of War The Dogs of War

The aircraft provided in this decal set include:

  1. O-1G, 51-2665, 21 RAC, US Army, 1968
  2. O-1G, 51-2740, 21 RAC, US Army, 1968
  3. O-1G, 51-5022, 184 RAC, US Army, 1967
  4. O-1G, 51-2469, 199 RAC, US Army
  5. O-1G, 51-2227, 199 RAC, US Army, 1970
  6. O-1G, 51-4971, 203 RAC, US Army, 1968
  7. O-1G, 51-2002, 219 RAC, US Army, 1971
  8. O-1G, 51-2785, 220 RAC, US Army, 1969
  9. O-1G, 51-2258, 220 RAC, US Army, 1970
  10. O-1G, 51-7310, 221 RAC, US Army
  11. O-1, 41, VMO-6, USMC, 1968
  12. O-1, 14, VMO-6, USMC, 1969
  13. O-1A, 51-7379, USAF
  14. O-1E, 56-2620, USAF
  15. O-1E, 57-6026, USAF
  16. O-1A, 51-4606, USAF
  17. O-1E, 57-6273, USAF
  18. O-1E, 56-2657, USAF
  19. O-1A, 51-12224, VNAF
  20. O-1A, 51-12236, VNAF
  21. O-1A, 51-12829, VNAF
  22. O-1A, 51-12382, VNAF
  23. O-1A, 51-12704, VNAF

The decal set is very nicely done and provides a wealth of markings and stencils to make your Bird Dog stand out. I have a fondness for this aircraft as I had an opportunity to fly this bird a number of times and while it isn't fast, it could climb like a homesick angel and land (and stop) on the runway numbers.

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!