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USN A-3B/KA-3B Skywarrior Part 2

Caracal Models 1/48 USN A-3B/KA-3B Skywarrior Part 2 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2013 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject USN A-3B/KA-3B Skywarrior Part 2 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48045 Pros Seven 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 Trumpeter 1/48 A3D-2 Skywarrior kit. This set provides seven examples wearing distinctive unit markings.

USN A-3B/KA-3B Skywarrior Part 2 USN A-3B/KA-3B Skywarrior Part 2

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • A-3B, 142630, VAH-11, AB/603, USS Roosevelt, 1963
  • KA-3B, 142662, VAQ-308, ND/634, NAS Alameda, 1978
  • KA-3B, 147656, VAQ-308, ND/634, NAS Alameda, 1977
  • KA-3B, 138953, VAH-10, AA/615, USS Forrestal, 1967
  • KA-3B, 138973, VAQ-308, AJ/610, NAS Shangri-La, 1970
  • KA-3B, 138904, VAH-10, NP/610, USS Hancock, 1969
  • KA-3B, 142654, VAH-4, ZB/897, USS Bon Homme Richard, 1967

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!