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Texans Over Korea

Part 2

 

Eagle Strike Decals
 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Eagle Strike 48-131 - Texans Over Korea Part 2
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals - Decal sheet plus instructions and notes
Price: MSRP USD$10 available from Aeromaster's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; good instructions and background;
Disadvantages: No stencil markings
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Texans Over Korea
will be available online from Squadron.com

FirstLook

  

 

48-131 is Eagle Strike's second sheet in their two-sheet coverage of Korean War T-6 'Texans.  Markings are provided for five different aircraft. 

LT-6D 493579 'Sream'n Rebel' of the 6147th Tactical Air Control Group. 

The markings depict it as it appeared at Chunchon in 1953.  The aircraft is in overall aluminium painted finish with red, white and blue fin and tail tips, black anti-glare and a yellow spinner.  The supplied markings comprise:

        Nose art in the form of a yellow flag that features a coiled rattle snake and the words 'Scream'n Rebel'. 

        TA-579 'Buzz Number'..

        U.S. AIR FORCE and aircraft serial number for the fin. 

        The red, white and blue fin and tail tips.  These markings are supplied as left and right and upper and lower respectively.   


LT-6G 49-3594 'Lil Pot' of the 6149th Tactical Air Control Squadron

out of Chunchon in 1953.  In overall aluminium painted finish with a black anti-glare and white fin and wing tips.  Markings comprise: 

        Nose art in the form of an extremely large breasted woman and the words 'Lil Pot'. 

        LTA-594 'Buzz Number'..

        U.S. AIR FORCE and aircraft serial number for the fin. 

        The white fin and tail tips.  Again, these markings are supplied as left and right and upper and lower respectively.   


LT-6G 49-3542 'Night Train' of the 6149th Tactical Air Control Squadron

 also based at Cunchon in 1953.  In overall aluminium painted finish with an olive drab anti-glare, red spinner and the same red, white and blue fin and tail tips of the first option.  Markings consist of: 

        Nose art in the form of an old time black steam train with the words 'Night Train' in red. 

        LTA-542 'Buzz Number'..

        U.S. AIR FORCE and aircraft serial number for the fin. 

        The red, white and blue fin and tail tips. If this aircraft look familiar it's because it is featured on the front cover of the Squadron/Signal T-6 In action book. 


AT-6D 42-86011 of the 6147th Tactical Air Control Squadron

from Taegu in 1950.  Finish is olive drab over neutral grey with a black anti-glare and red cowling, fin, wing and horizontal stabilizer tips.  The markings comprise: 

        TA-011 'Buzz Number'..

        Aircraft serial number for the fin and rudder. 

        The red fin wing and horizontal stabilizer tips. The Buzz number and aircraft serial number are in black with an irregular border of silver.  Judging from this and the still existing anti-glare it is a fair bet that the aircraft was painted in the field.  The notes on the placement guide say that the upper surfaces were "well worn" making this option a prime candidate for an interesting experiment in weathering. 


T-6D 42-85624 ' Beatle Bum' from the 6147th Tactical Air Control Squadron

based at Seoul City Air Base in October 1950.  In overall aluminium painted finish with an olive drab anti-glare, with a blue engine cowling and trim to the leading edge of the fin, lower fuselage and wing and horizontal stabilizer tips.  Markings comprise: 

        Nose art in the form of a horse's head on a red-edged white disc and the words 'Beatle Bum' in red. 

        TA-624'Buzz Number'..

        U.S. AIR FORCE and aircraft serial number for the fin. 

        The blue trim for the rear fuselage and the fin, horizontal stabilizer and wing tips. 

There are sufficient decals provided on the sheet to produce one of the USAF aluminium painted machines and the camouflaged option as there is only one set of national insignia.  There is no stencil data whatsoever on the sheet. 

The placement sheet is A-4 in size and in colour.  It shows right hand side profile drawings of the first four options and a left hand side view of the last option.  Scrap views are also provided for the wing tops and bottoms. 

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 the majority of the decals and a smaller one which carries, a pair of USAF wing titles and Buzz numbers) and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

The suggested kits are the Revell/Monogram and the Ocidental ones but be aware that you will need to modify the Revell/Monogram one (I can't comment on the Ocidental effort as I haven't seen it) to depict the T-6 as it appeared in Korea.  .  The early issues of the Revell/Monogram kit don't come with a spinner.  If you can stand the horrid red colour of the plastic you are better off trying to get the 'Miss Behavin' racing version of the kit as it contains an extra sprue that provides a spinner.

Careful scrutiny of period photographs will guide you in your conversion to Korean War standard as it seems that there was great deal of variation in underwing pylon and antenna configuration 

As with Texans over Korea Pt 1, this is also a very nice sheet from Eagle Strike. 

Recommended.

Thanks to AeroMaster / Eagle Strike Products for the review sets


On-line sales are available from the AeroMaster Products / Eagle Strike Productions web site.
 


Review TextCopyright 2003 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 29 October, 2003
Last updated 30 October, 2003

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