S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-130 - Texans
Over Korea Part 1
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film; good instructions and background;
||No stencil markings
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Texans Over Korea
will be available
online from Squadron.com
The 50th anniversary of the
Korean War is upon us and Eagle Strike Productions seem to be
commemorating this with the issue of several different sheets covering
the aircraft that participated. As the title implies, this is the
first of two sheets carrying markings for the North American 'Texan'.
Markings are provided for five different aircraft.
42-85074 of the 6147th Tactical Control Group.
The supplied markings depict the aircraft as it
appeared in October 1952 whilst based at Seoul City airport. The aircraft
is in overall aluminium painted finish with an olive drab anti-glare, a black
and yellow chequered cowl, early black and yellow theatre stripes on the
wings and a red, yellow and blue striped fin tip. Supplied markings
The black and yellow theatre
stripes for the wings are not supplied.
LT-6G 49-3550 'Moan'n Lisa' of
the 6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron.
The markings depict her as she appeared in 1952
whilst based at Chunchon. 'Moan'n Lisa' is in overall aluminium
finish with an olive drab anti-glare and a red fin tip. The supplied
markings consist of:
SNJ-5C Bureau number 51683 of
the Joint Operations Center Korea.
The aircraft is in overall aluminium painted finish with
a black anti-glare. The supplied markings consist of:
683 Modex number for the nose. The '3' of
the modex on the port side is applied over the intake and has been
supplied in three different pieces to ease placement
Korea titles for the fuselage and fin.
titles for the fuselage.
Bureau number block for the rear fuselage.
49-3556 'Peggy' another 6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron machine from
its squadron sister, it is in overall aluminium painted finish but sports a
black anti-glare instead of an olive drab one. The fin tip is also in red
and the use of the red paint is extended to include the wing tips and red
and white chequered main gear doors. The main gear wheel covers are white
with red concentric circles. Supplied markings include:
LTA-556 'Buzz Numbers'.
name 'Peggy' in red for the nose
U.S. AIR FORCE and
aircraft serial number for the fin.
The red fin and
red and white chequers for the main gear doors.
The red and white
AT-6D 42-85163 'Patches' of
the 6147th Tactical Air Control Squadron.
The aircraft is depicted as it
appeared at Tageu in 1950. The odd man out on the sheet, 'Patches' is in
olive drab over neutral grey camouflage. The artwork on the placement
sheet shows it with a black anti-glare so perhaps it was originally in
aluminium painted finish. This aircraft also sports red fin and tail tips.
Markings consist of:
Yellow TA-163 'Buzz Numbers'.
Yellow USAF titles for the wings – starboard upper and port lower.
Yellow U.S. AIR FORCE and aircraft serial number for the fin.
name 'Patches' in white. This last decal is supplied in two parts as
apparently, the aircraft received a replacement cowl at some stage and
the 'Patches' became 'Pat'.
There are sufficient decals
provided on the sheet to produce one of the USAF aluminium painted machines –
there is only one set of black USAF titles and the Navy aircraft. Find a
further set of national markings from elsewhere and you can also produce
the olive drab option. There is no stencil data whatsoever on the sheet.
placement sheet is A-4 in size and in glorious full colour. It shows left
hand side profiles of the first four options and a right hand side view of
the last option. Scrap views are also provided for the wing tops and
bottoms. The artwork for the NAVY option shows the aircraft as a T-6. Be
aware that, as the Bureau number suggests, it really was an SNJ and as
such it should be sporting a tail hook and a different tail wheel. There
is a colour shot of this aircraft in the old Warbirds Illustrated Number
13 and it clearly shows this. Whilst Eagle Strike does provide the wing
and tail tip markings as decals, a note on the placement sheet states
"Although provided, we suggest that you paint the wing and tail tips. It
looks so much better, and it is not difficult at all. Try it, you will
The decals themselves have been
"printed in the USA'. There is no identity as to the printer but they
look (and smell!) very much like Microscale decals to me.
The decals (there are two sheets –
the main one which carries all of the decals except for a single USAF wing
title and a smaller one which carries, you guessed it! the missing USAF
wing title) and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
This is a
very nice sheet from Eagle Strike.
The suggested kits are Revell/Monogram
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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