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AF-2 Guardian

Caracal Models 1/48 AF-2 Guardian Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2015 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject AF-2 Guardian Scale 1/48
Set Number 48078 Pros Eight distinctive subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models for the Special Hobby 1/48 AF-2S and AF-2W Guardian kits. This set provides a nice selection of users for the aircraft including a converted fire bomber.

AF-2 Guardian AF-2 Guardian

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • AF-2S, 124784, VS-37, SU/14, USS Princeton, 1955
  • AF-2W, 124829, VS-37, SU/15, USS Princeton, 1955
  • AF-2S, 124796, Naval Air Reserve, Z/154, NAS South Weymouth, 1955
  • AF-2S, 126277, VS-931, SV/22, USS Badoeng Strait, 1952
  • AF-2W, 123117, VS-931, SV/17, USS Sicily, 1952
  • AF-2W, 129287, Naval Air Reserve, R/177, NAS New York, 1955
  • AF-2S, 126756, Naval Air Reserve, F/155, NAS Jacksonville, 1955
  • AF-2S, N3144G (123100), Aero Union, Chico, CA, 1960s

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide all of the distinctive markings. This is a nice set of alternatives to the kits' decals and will make your Special Hobby project(s) look great!

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!