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A-1E Skyraider

Caracal Models 1/72 A-1E Skyraider Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2016 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject A-1E Skyraider Scale 1/72
Set Number 72053 Pros Seven distinctive subjects for the Monogram kit
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models for the venerable Monogram 1/72 A-1E Skyraider kit. This set provides seven examples wearing distinctive markings.

A-1E Skyraider A-1E Skyraider

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • A-1E, 52-132649, 1 SOS, 2, Pleiku AB, 1966, as flown by Major Bernard Fisher, MOH
  • A-1E, 52-132619, 602 ACS, 8, Bien Hoa AB, 1966, 'Carolyn's Folly'
  • A-1E, 52-133919, 4407 CCTS, AH, Hurlburt Field, 1972
  • A-1E, 52-132528, 1 ACS, 6T, Pleiku AB, 1967, 'War Monger'
  • A-1E, 52-132503, 514 FS/VNAF, Bien Hoa AB
  • AD-5U, 133878, VU-1, UA/54, NAS Barbers Point, 1962
  • AD-5, 133893, NARTU Los Alamitos, L/17

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide national markings, distinctive markings as well as a nice set of airframe stencils. The decals are all single-layer - none of them require you to stack one decal atop another to recreate complex art as with some other decal manufacturers.

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!