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Vagabond Decals 1/48 E-2C VAW-125 Tiger Tail Hawkeyes Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2010 Manufacturer Vagabond Decals
Subject E-2C Hawkeye VAW-125 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48001 Pros Three colorful options with a variety of later airframe configurations
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $25.00

First Look

Vagabond Decals is a new company that has released a really nice set of decals for the Kinetic 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye kits. The airframes presented in this set are the later configuration aircraft up to and including the Hawkeye 2000. You'll remember that the first Kinetic E-2C kit had the CEC disc antenna for under the fuselage in that box along with the earlier four-bladed propellers, just like the Paris Air Show example depicted as the third option below.

E-2C E-2C

This decal set comes on one large sheet and provides markings for 3 aircraft:

  • E-2C, BuNo 163536, VAW-125, AA/600, NAS Norfolk, VA, 2009
  • E-2C, BuNo 165824, VAW-125, AG/602, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2006
  • E-2C, BuNo 165813, VAW-125, --/600, USS John F. Kennedy, Paris Air Show, 2005

The set comes with sufficient stenciling for one aircraft. Take a close look at this decal sheet. All of these decals are in perfect register and none require you to stack multiple layers of decals to recreate what you see here. Like the nice decals from Yellow Wings Decals, these are printed by Microscale and look great. Isn't it nice to see the quality decals that don't make you do the extra work of overlaying one decal over another?

For more information about this set and the other releases from Vagabond Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to North American Hobbies for this review sample!