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Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany 1965-67

Bullseye Model Aviation 1/48 Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany 1965-67 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2024 Manufacturer Bullseye Model Aviation
Subject Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany 1965-67 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48031 Pros 12 distinctive options
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $28.99

First Look

Bullseye Model Aviation has produced a distinctive set of markings for twelve members of Carrier Air Wing 16 during their early Vietnam cruise. The instructions map out each of the changes needed to the various models to render each of the aircraft depicted.

Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany 1965-67 Carrier Air Wing 16 USS Oriskany 1965-67

The aircraft presented here include:

  • A-4E, 151067, VA-163, AH/340, CVW-16 CAG, USS Oriskany
  • A-4E, 152100, VA-163, AH/301, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-4E, 152003, VA-163, AH/300, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-4E, 152085, VA-164, AH/460, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-4E, 152048, VA-164, AH/406, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-4E, 151991, VA-164, AH/402, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-1H, 142051, VA-152, AH/582, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-1H, 137629, VA-152, AH/510, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • A-1H, 142056, VA-152, AH/501, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • F-8E, 150932, VMFA(AW)-212, WD/101, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • F-8E, 150924, VF-162, AH/201, CVW-16, USS Oriskany
  • F-8E, 150907, VF-111, AH/101, CVW-16, USS Oriskany

This set provides one sheet of decals printed by Cartograf that includes maintenance stencils and markings to replicate at least four examples in 1/48 scale (and if you use some of the national markings from the kits, you can do more!). What's more, none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

These decals are sold exclusively by Sprue Brothers.

My sincere thanks to Bullseye Model Aviation for this review sample!