Caracal Models 1/48 F-104 in Vietnam Decal First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||August 2016||Manufacturer||Caracal Models|
|Subject||F-104 in Vietnam||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||48102||Pros||Nine unique subjects|
|Cons||See text||Skill Level||Novice|
Here is the latest from Caracal, this set for the Hasegawa or Eduard 1/48 F-104C Starfighter kit and provides markings for ten distinctive subjects.
The aircraft presented in this set include:
- F-104C, 56-0892, 479 TFW, Da Nang AB, 1965
- F-104C, 56-0919, 479 TFW, Da Nang AB, 1965
- F-104C, 57-0925, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Smoke II'
- F-104C, 57-0923, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Hellooo Dolly'
- F-104C, 56-0891, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Nancy J/Snoopy Sniper'
- F-104C, 56-0910, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Pussycat'
- F-104C, 57-0927, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1966, 'Debbie Sue' ***
- F-104C, 56-0938, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1967, 'Show Me'
- F-104C, 56-0982, 479 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, 1967, 'Bevie J VI'
This set provides two bare metal examples staging out of Da Nang in 1965, the other seven are camouflaged F-104Cs operating out of Udorn. ***One of the subjects, 57-0927/'Debbie Sue' is included but the tail numbers are not provided. If you do want 57-0927, you can use 57-0928 that is also included and swap the 8 with a 7 from a subject you're not doing. You'll also see tail number 60989 provided on the decal sheet but not called out as this was probably for a bonus subject as that tail number is for an F-102A.
For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at http://caracalmodels.com.
My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!