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Caracal Models 1/48 U-2 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2017 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject U-2 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48118 Pros Ten distinctive subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $14.99

First Look

Here is the latest decal set from Caracal designed for the Hawk, UPC, Testors, and Italeri boxings of the 1/48 early U-2 kit. This release provides ten subject options.

U-2 U-2

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • U-2A, 56-6701, AFFTC, Edwards AFB, early 1960s
  • U-2A, 56-6715, 4080 SRW, 1960
  • U-2A, 56-6703, 4080 SRW, 1961
  • U-2A, N800X, CIA, early 1960s
  • U-2A, N803X, CIA, early 1960s
  • U-2A, 56-6682, 4080 SRW, 1961
  • U-2F, 56-6676, USAF, shot down during Cuban Missile Crisis
  • U-2A, 56-6681, 4080 SRW
  • U-2C, 56-6680, 100 SRW, 1976
  • U-2A, 56-6722, RAE Bedford, 1967, Project 'Hi-Cat'

This set includes all of the distinctive markings plus stenciling for one bare metal and one dark-colored aircraft. As usual, these decals are nicely printed by Cartograf. Note that all of the subjects but one (U-2C 56-6680) use the original Hawk/UPC/Testors/Italeri boxing of the U-2A kit. The U-2C was also released by Hawk and differs only by the enlarged intakes.

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!