The new Douglas A-1H decals from Iliad Design will help you represent more unusual Vietnam War airframes.


There’s no doubt about it… the A-1 Skyraider has always been a cool aircraft and modelling subject. If you want to portray a 1/48 Vietnam war example, either with a vintage ESCI or Monogram offering, or more modern Tamiya kit, Iliad Design’s recent decal sheet - 48019a Special Ops Skyraiders - provides markings for six different A-1H airframes, all with their own splashes of colour and nose/tail art.

The added bonus is that two of these – ex-US Navy A-1Hs supplied to the Vietnamese Air Force – sport differing non-standard two-colour camouflage, rather than the usual three-tone South East Asia hues of FS 30219/34102/34079 over 36622. Interestingly, one of the latter machines in the more usual livery has black undersides, for a different take on this classic paint grouping. The schemes in detail are:

•    39665/TC LIEUTENANT AMERICA, Lt Randy Scott, 1st Special Operations Squadron, USAF, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
•    39797/UL, 83rd Special Operations Group, VNAF, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, 1966
•    37552/6T SPAD DAD, Col Sam Berman, CO 6 th SOS, USAF, Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1969
•    34610/UD, 83rd SOG, Vietnamese Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 1966
•    34609/TS BAD NEWS, 22nd SOS, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base
•    37628/TS, 22nd SOS, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base

Click here for a look at Iliad's decal sheet Starfighters in Combat, which includes a Vietnam War machine.

Finer points

There are sets of national insignia for every airframe, and basic warning triangles, rescue arrows and armament panels, but no stencilling. The markings are beautifully printed on thin gloss carrier film, and should adhere to your chosen model perfectly. They cost $12 and are available direct from Iliad Design.