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Unread June 8th, 2016, 06:31 AM
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Default Two New 1/32 Decals - Vietnam F-4J & A-4E/A-4F

Two new 1/32 decal announcements from AOA:

32-014 - Combat Scooters (4) - USN/USMC A-4E/A-4F Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Even though there are several other squadrons I planned (and wanted) to cover, this part 4 (32-014) release covering the Vietnam A-4 decal series will be the last one in 1/32.

6 schemes:
VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers two A-4E schemes covering 1968-69 from Chu Lai, one with and one without the hump.
VA-22 Fighting Redcocks two A-4F schemes from the Bon Homme Richard 1970 cruise, one CAG scheme and one standard line scheme (the CAG coincidently is same cruise as the "BOBBIE" VA-94 scheme in previous sheet, this also covers all of BHR's A-4 squadrons between part 1, 2, and 4 decals with VA-94, -144, and now -22).
VA-55 Warhorses two schemes, one A-4E from the USS Ranger 1965-66 cruise and one A-4F from the USS Hancock cruise.

Like the other A-4 releases, a copy of the previously released stencil sheet (32-012) will also be included.

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Printed by Cartograf.
Price $22 (free US shipping)
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32-016 - VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 - USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War
Next 1/32 AOA sheet (32-016) release is a little different as it covers one specific F-4J Phantom (BuNo 155887) as she appeared during three Vietnam cruises while with the same squadron (VF-143 Pukin' Dogs, callsign "Taproom") and also same modex each time (102). Not a MiG killer, just one example of the many, many other Phantoms that took part in the war daily. The Pukin' Dogs Vietnam F-4B's have been covered in decal form before (again, because of MiG kills), their later wartime F-4Js have been neglected until now.

Sheet covers the Vietnam/WESTPAC cruises: USS Constellation 1969-70, USS Enterprise 1971-72, and USS Enterprise 1972-73.

For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of 143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 (the day the Paris Peace Accords were signed) and last American to be listed as POW. While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall. If anyone saw the 1975 documentary "Threshold - The Blue Angel Experience", this was filmed during CDR Hall's time when he was the Blue Angels flight leader and as such is featured in it.

Back to the sheet: Unlike vast majority of AOA releases, only minimal stenciling/common markings are included. F-4's were liberally covered with stencils and is too large of a project to be covered for this release. A full F-4 stencil and panel number decal sheet may be a future release from AOA (not currently planned as of today).

The sheet also includes fuel tank and FOD intake cover squadron identifiers.

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Printed by Cartograf.
Price $22 (free US shipping)
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The F-4 sheet 32-016 is now in stock and available to purchase at http://aoadecals.com/32016/

The A-4 sheet 32-014 will have to be delayed to print a correction insert which has already been sent to Cartograf. I had two identical VMA-211 insignias on the printed sheet, while they should be different for each side. I even had it correct on the images of the sheet posted over month ago but I screwed it up on the final sent file. Very annoying. Right now as-is they are identical, you can see in the jpg on my first post the correct way they should be, left and right should be facing different directions.
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The last A-4 sheet 32-014 is now in stock and available to purchase at http://aoadecals.com/32014/
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Will we see these in 1/48th? I sure hope so!
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