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Caracal Models 1/48 T-45C US Navy Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2012 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject T-45C US Navy Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48023 Pros Two distinctive aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Experienced
MSRP (USD) $15.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models, this time providing the first aftermarket decal options for the new Kinetic T-45 Goshawk kit. The basic set provides two very nice aircraft options, while those who purchase one of the first 200 sets will get a bonus set of markings for two Centennial of Naval Aviation aircraft. The markings in this set include:

T-45C T-45C

  • T-45C, 167099, VT-21/TW-2, Redhawks, B/321, NAS Kingsville, skipper's aircraft (2011 and 2012 options)
  • T-45C, 165080, VX-23, SD/201, NAVAIR, NAS Patuxent River
  • T-45C, 165598, TW-1, A/101, Centennial Bonus Markings
  • T-45C, 163656, TW-2, B/200, Centennial Bonus Markings

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide national markings, distinctive unit markings, as well as aircraft identification markings, right down to correct data blocks for two complete aircraft. The decals are all single-layer - none of them require you to stack one decal atop another to recreate complex art as with some other decal manufacturers.

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

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!