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A-6 Intruder VA-35 Black Panthers 1980

Starfighter Decals 1/350 A-6 Intruder VA-35 Black Panthers 1980 Decal First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2015 Manufacturer Starfighter Decals
Subject A-6 Intruder VA-35 Black Panthers 1980 Scale 1/350
Set Number 350-108 Pros Markings for 14 aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.00

First Look

Starfighter Decals has released this useful decal set for modelers of contemporary carrier aviation. Here is a set of decals to render the A-6E TRAM and KA-6D tankers of VA-35 Black Panthers circa 1980. This set recreates the markings of this squadron operating aboard USS Nimitz. What is equally interesting (at least to me) is that this squadron aboard the Nimitz at that time of the filming of the movie 'Final Countdown' and during the support mission for the Iranian hostage rescue mission.

A-6 Intruder VA-35 Black Panthers 1980

This set provides the CAG MODEX 500, Skipper's MODEX 501 plus line aircraft 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 510, and 511. KA-6D MODEX 520, 521, 522 and 523 are also rendered. This set provides the key markings, walkways, larger stencils, and even canopy/windscreen frames.

If you want to really dress up the Intruders on your Nimitz deck, this is a great set. The only down side is that you'll need markings of equal quality and detail for the rest of the air wing, but I suspect those will be coming along soon enough.

You can purchase these decals directly from Starfighter Decals on their website.

My sincere thanks to Starfighter Decals for this review sample!