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USN A3D-2 Skywarrior Part 1

Caracal Models 1/48 USN A3D-2 Skywarrior Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2013 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject USN A3D-2 Skywarrior Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48042 Pros Three distinctive aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $15.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models just in time for the new Trumpeter 1/48 A3D-2 Skywarrior kit. This set provides three early Skywarrior bomber examples wearing distinctive unit markings.

USN A3D-2 Skywarrior Part 1 USN A3D-2 Skywarrior Part 1

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • A3D-2, 144626, VAH-1, AG/610, USS Independence, 1962
  • A3D-2, 138951, VAH-5, AK/502, USS Forrestal, 1959
  • A3D-2, 142255, VAH-6, ZC/2, USS Ranger, 1958

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide national markings, distinctive tail art markings as well as a nice set of airframe stencils. 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!