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A-1E Skyraider USAF/VNAF

Caracal Models 1/48 A-1E Skyraider USAF/VNAF Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2014 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject A-1E Skyraider USAF/VNAF Scale 1/48
Set Number 48046 Pros Nine 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 reissue of Revell's 1/48 A-1E Skyraider kit. This set provides nine examples wearing distinctive markings.

A-1E Skyraider USAF/VNAF A-1E Skyraider USAF/VNAF

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • A-1E, 52-132649, 1 SOS, 2, Pleiku AB, 1966, as flown by Major Bernard Fisher, MOH
  • A-1E, 52-132619, 602 ACS, 8, Bien Hoa AB, 1966, 'Carolyn's Folly'
  • A-1E, 52-135007, 602 ACS, 4, Bien Hoa AB, 1965, 'Miss Pussy Galore'
  • A-1E, 52-133919, 4407 CCTS, AH, Hurlburt Field, 1972
  • A-1E, 52-132528, 1 ACS, 6T, Pleiku AB, 1967, 'War Monger'
  • A-1E, 52-135206, 602 SOS, TT, Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, 1969, 'Georgia Ann'
  • A-1E, 52-132612, 1 ACS, EC, Pleiku AB, 1966
  • A-1E, 52-132503, 514 FS/VNAF, Bien Hoa AB
  • A-1E, 52-132628, 518 FS/VNAF, Bien Hoa AB

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide national markings, distinctive 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!