Caracal Models 1/48 AC-47 'Spooky' Decal First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||May 2016||Manufacturer||Caracal Models|
|Set Number||48083||Pros||Eight nice subjects|
|Cons||Nothing noted||Skill Level||Novice|
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'.
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.
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My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!