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VMF-225/VMA-225 Part 2
Jet Aircraft
1958 - 1972

Impact Decals, 1/48 scale

 

Summary

Catalogue Number:

Impact Decals Item No. 48-005 - VMF-225/VMA-225 Part 2 Jet Aircraft 1958 - 1972

Scale:

1/48

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes

Price:

US$15.00 available from Impact Hobby Decals

Review Type:

FirstLook

Advantages:

A nice sheet which provides more options for those who wish to complete a series of models of aircraft that have equipped a single unit, in this case VMA-225

Disadvantages:

Instructions sufficient but limited in scope with only one side of some subjects depicted and the top and bottom views being depicted at a very small size.

Conclusion:

An interesting sheet that shows the development in Marine Corps heraldry by one particular Squadron.


Reviewed by Ken Bowes


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FirstLook

 

A relatively new player in the decal market, Impact Decals has followed up their earlier release covering VMF-225/VMA-225 during the propeller era when equipped with Corsairs and Skyraiders with Part 2 covering the transition to jet attack aircraft including the A-4 Skyhawk and A-6 Intruder. Included in this new release are markings for the following:

  • A-4C BuNo 147779 of VMA-225 Chu Lai Vietnam 1965  in gull grey and white. This aircraft also appears on MAW Decals Hard Corps Scooters Part 1 when with VMA-224.

  • A4D-2 BuNo 142731 when VMA-225 was part of CVG-10 on the USS Essex in 1959. This aircraft is also in gull grey and white.

  • A-6 A Intruder BuNo 149990 when VMA(AW)-225 was part of MAG-2 at Cherry Point NC in 1966.

  • A-6A Intruder BuNo 155623 of VMA(AW)-225 as part of MAG-11, Da Nang Vietnam in 1971.

Impact Decals accompanies the two small approximately A-5 sheets in this sheet with clear and concise instructions spread over two A-4 pages. These are printed in full colour and provide side, top and bottom views of each subjects and a small paragraph summarizing the generic aspects of US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft finishes including gear doors etc.

 

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It is not clear who printed these decals but each decal design is crisp and in perfect register with almost invisible carrier film. Two sheets are provided in this set, one with the serials, codes and artwork and the second with enough stars and bars and generic stencils to complete all four subjects, a refreshing change from the need to source these for other sheets.

Whilst the subject might be of niche appeal, VMA-225 in all its guises is rapidly having all its major equipment types covered with new generation kits and decals, creating the potential for a complete collection of aircraft flown by the unit possible resulting in a unique study of USMC heraldry as seen on one unit’s aircraft.

Thanks to Impact Hobby Decals for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2009 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 16 November, 2009
Last updated 17 November, 2009

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