More gull grey and white! AeroMaster 48-741 is sheet number four in
AeroMaster's considerable coverage of North American Aviation's RA-5C
Vigilante. This sheet provides markings for two aircraft of the U.S.
Navy's Pacific Fleet.
first machine is Bureau number 156632 of RVAH-5 (Savage Sons).
The markings depict the machine from
her time aboard the USS Ranger during the Squadrons fifth deployment
to Vietnam in 1972. Finish is semi-gloss gull grey upper surfaces
over gloss white undersides and control surfaces with a tan radome.
Bearing the modex 601 indicates that
the machine was assigned to the Squadron's Commanding Officer and
the words "Head Savage" and the small American Indian cartoon
painted on her starboard side confirm this.
Her squadron markings are
predominately red which is unusual as the colour red was normally
the domain of the first fighter squadron assigned to the carrier.
Her markings include squadron insignia for both sides of the
airframe, red arrows (with white stars) for her vertical stabiliser,
red NE airwing identifiers, as well as large and small Bureau
numbers, ship's and squadron titles, modex and intake warnings.
The alternative is Bureau number 156627 of RVAH-6 (Fleurs).
The markings depict her during her
time aboard the USS Kittyhawk off the coast of North Vietnam during
the Squadron's 1970/71 cruise.
In the same finish as the first
option, the machine features the early factory applied light blue US
NAVY titles and Bureau numbers, full triangle intake warnings, and
the second version of the Squadron's tail markings.
Her other supplied markings include
large black Bureau numbers, 605 modex, and ship's and squadron
The sheet includes a single set of national insignia as well as two
sets of stencil data. The stencil data is of the larger more visible
type and includes rescue arrows and exhaust warnings. The suggested kit
is the Trumpeter one.
The decals themselves have been printed by Cartograf. They are sharply
printed and in perfect register. Whilst not as user friendly as
Superscale decals you will achieve the same results with patience and
plenty of settling solution.
The placement guide shows left hand side views of both machines as well
as upper surfaces of the wings of both machines.
The placement guide and the decal sheet are packed in a clear plastic
References abound for the RA-5. The best I have found is the
Osprey Publications RA-5C Vigilante Units Combat (number 51 in their
Combat Aircraft series). It provides a well written narrative that
covers the detail points of the aircraft as well its combat history.