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AC-47 'Spooky'

Caracal Models 1/48 AC-47 'Spooky' Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2016 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject AC-47 'Spooky' Scale 1/48
Set Number 48083 Pros Eight nice subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest from Caracal Models, this set is for the Monogram (then Revell-Monogram, now Revell) 1/48 AC-47 Gunship kit. In a search for an effective counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft during the early days of the Vietnam War, the Air Force experimented with the concept of a slow and stable platform that could fire machine guns down to suppress enemy forces. The first aircraft was actually a C-131B armed with a GAU-2 minigun used to test this concept. With an abundance of C-47 platforms available, the first operational gunships (Gunship I) were the AC-47 armed with three miniguns aimed out the portside of the aircraft. For a brief time these gunships were designated as FC-47 until protests from the fighter pilots' union forced the aircraft to adopt the 'A'.

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The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • FC-47D, 43-48579, 1st ACS, 1964, 'Puff'
  • FC-47D, 43-48491, 1st ACS, 1965, 'Get-Em Bullitt'
  • AC-47D, 43-49274, 4th ACS, Bien Hoa AB, 1966
  • AC-47D, 43-49010, 4th SOS, Udorn AB, 1967
  • AC-47D, 44-76722, 4th ACS, Pleiku AB, 1967
  • AC-47D, 44-76722, 3rd SOS, 1968
  • AC-47D, 43-48263, Royal Laotian Air Force, 1969
  • AC-47D, 43-48916, 4412 CCTS, 1971

This set provides sufficient markings for two models.

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!