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Low-Viz SLUFs

Furball Aero-Design 1/48 Low-Viz SLUFs Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2018 Manufacturer Furball Aero-Design
Subject Low-Viz SLUFs Scale 1/48
Set Number 48068 Pros 21 distinctive schemes
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $25.99

First Look

Here's another nice new release from Furball Aero-Design. This set covers a sampling of A-7E Corsair IIs from each of the active squadrons during the 1980s after the low-visibility camouflage schemes were in full-force. Let's take a look:

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The examples presented here include:

  • A-7E, 157452, VA-12, AG/400, USS Eisenhower, 1985, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 159283, VA-15, AE/303, USS Independence, 1984
  • A-7E, 157586, VA-15, AC/300, 1986
  • A-7E, 160726, VA-22, NH/300, USS Enterprise, 1988, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 160537, VA-22, NH/301, USS Enterprise, 1988, Skipper's aircraft
  • A-7E, 157485, VA-27, NK/407, USS Constellation, 1983
  • A-7E, 160617, VA-37, AE/300, USS Forrestal, 1988, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 158831, VA-46, AB/311, USS America, 1987
  • A-7E, 159644, VA-56, NF/414, USS Midway, 1984
  • A-7E, 160715, VA-66, AG/303, USS Eisenhower, 1984
  • A-7E, 160560, VA-81, AA/407, USS Saratoge, 1986
  • A-7E, 160553, VA-83, AA/303, USS Saratoga, 1986
  • A-7E, 160563, VA-86, AJ/410, USS Nimitz, 1986
  • A-7E, 160554, VA-93, NF/303, USS Midway, 1985
  • A-7E, 160273, VA-97, NL/300, USS Vinson, 1989, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 160873, VA-105, AE/400, USS Forrestal, 1989, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 159279, VA-105, AE/412, USS Forrestal, 1985
  • A-7E, 155273, VA-146, NE/312, USS Kitty Hawk, 1984
  • A-7E, 158012, VA-147, NE/400, USS Kitty Hawk, 1984, CAG aircraft
  • A-7E, 157460, VA-147, NE/407, USS Kitty Hawk, 1984
  • A-7E, 157475, VA-195, NG/404, USS Ranger, 1983

This set provides markings for 21 aircraft options, with stenciling to support at least two models. Especially noteworthy is the VA-22 example which featured a three-gray wrap-around camouflage scheme. Other decal companies have released markings for this aircraft, but only provide a left-side profile in the instructions leaving you to try to find information to paint the model. The instructions in this set provide four-views and FS595 colors to replicate that scheme as well as equally relevant instructions for the two-gray schemes also rendered in this set.

This set was designed for the Hasegawa (or Revell/Germany) kit though it can be adapted for the HobbyBoss kit.

My sincere thanks to Furball Aero-Design for this review sample!