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F-104 in Vietnam

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
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

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.

T-6 T-6

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

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!