Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Iliad Design
Decal Sheet ID 72018
Decal Sheet Title Air National Guard C-47s
Types Featured C-47A, VC-47A

Iliad Decals sheet 72018 provides markings for four different Air National Guard C-47s.

The airframes featured are:

  • C-47A 0-92079 from the Puerto Rico ANG (post-1961 but date unknown). It was painted overall aluminium lacquer with a white upper fuselage separated by a thin black cheatline (provided on the decal sheet) and with a black anti-glare panel on the nose. “PUERTO RICO AIR GUARD” was painted in black just above the cheatline mid-fuselage with “U.S. AIR FORCE” in Insignia Blue on the nose (incorrectly provided in black). On the tail was “PUERTO RICO” in small text on the upper fin, the ANG emblem below and ‘0-92079’ at the bottom of the fin;
  • VC-47A 315568 “The Old Dominion” from the Virginia National Guard during 1948. It was overall natural metal with aluminium-doped fabric control surfaces, a black anti-glare panel on the nose and a black area under the aft rear fuselage. “The Old Dominion” was carried in black script on the upper fuselage with “VA NG” on the rear fuselage. “VIRGINIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD” was carried on the extreme nose, with “NG 315568” on the fin;
  • C-47A 315555 of the Nebraska ANG during 1947-8. It was overall natural metal with aluminium-doped fabric control surfaces and a black anti-glare panel on the nose. “NEBRASKA” was carried in black on the upper fuselage with “NEBR NG” on the rear fuselage together with the Nebraska state emblem. The tail carried “NG 315555” in black. Black “NG-555” buzz numbers were carried on the lower port and upper starboard wings;
  • C-47A 330691 from the New Mexico National Guard circa 1947-8. Overall polished natural metal with aluminium-doped fabric control surfaces and a black anti-glare panel on the nose. Markings comprised “A60” in black on the nose, with “NMEX NG” in black on the rear fuselage together with the New Mexico “cross” emblem and “NG 330691” on the fin.

The decals are thin and in good register, although it is unclear who prints them. Instructions comprise left side views of each aircraft and coloured upper surface diagrams, tougher with additional “scrap” views where needed. One noticeable point is that Iliad have depicted the USAF (and other) markings in black, when they should be Insignia Blue, although there were exceptions to this rule.

This sheet is quite useful as there are very few markings available for the C-47 and is thus highly recommended.

Review and images by Chris St Clair