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Vietnamese Spads (I)

AOA Decals 1/72 Vietnamese Spads (I) Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2018 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject Vietnamese Spads (I) Scale 1/72
Set Number 72008 Pros Ten distinctive subject options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $16.00

First Look

AOA Decals has returned with another interesting set of subjects for the Hasegawa 1/72 AD-6/A-1H Skyraider kit. This set provides some colorful subjects in gray and various camouflage schemes.

Vietnamese Spads (I) Vietnamese Spads (I)

The subjects included in this set:

  • A-1H, 134505, 1 FS/514 FS, 1962/63
  • A-1H, 135224, 1 FS/514 FS, 1963
  • A-1H, 134636, 1 FS/514 FS, 1962-64
  • A-1H, 134636, 514 FS, 1967
  • A-1H, 137564, 524 FS, 1966
  • A-1H, 139744, 522 FS/83 SOG, 1966
  • A-1H, 139770, 530 FS, 1970-71
  • A-1H, 135295, 520 FS, 1966
  • A-1H, 137609, 518 FS, 1968
  • A-1H, 134636, 514 FS, 1969

If you look at some of the dates above, you'll note that the South Vietnamese Air Force began acquiring the Skyraider in the early 1960s before the US had 'officially' entered the Vietnam war. Over the course of that war, the VNAF would acquire over 300 Skyraiders which equipped six squadrons. This decal set (part one) as well as part two provide a cross-section of Spads that operated over 10 years in that conflict.

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!