Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Blackbird Models
Decal Sheet ID BMD72043
Decal Sheet Title Air War over Vietnam Part 2
Types Featured RB-57E, F-100D, RF-101C

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Blackbird Models sheet BMD72043 provides markings for a variety of Vietnam-era aircraft from the Vietnamese Air Force and US Navy, but also includes an RB-57E, F-100D and RF-101C of the USAF. The aircraft featured are:

  • RB-57E-MA 55-4245 from the 460th TRW. This was overall Gloss Black with all markings in Insignia Red;
  • F-100D-85-NH 56-3403 SS from the 309th TFS, 31st TFW. It was painted in the South East Asian scheme, comprising FS34079, FS34102 and FS30219 upper surfaces with  FS36622 lower surfaces. It carried grey "SS" tailcodes and "CHARLENE" in black on the nose, but was otherwise unmarked;
  • RF-101C-75-MC 56-119 AH 45 TRS 460 TRW Tan Son Nhut AB in late 1969. It carried the same South East Asian scheme as the F-100D, with grey "AH" tailcodes. On the nose it carried large "THE GREEN DRAGON" artwork in red.

Instructions comprise a left side view of each aircraft with appropriate references provided where known, and a recommended kit for each type.

Decals are limited to only the individual markings for each aircraft together with "stars'n'bars". Insignia Red "USAF" and "U.S. AIR FORCE" markings are provided for the RB-57. The decals themselves are have extremely thin decal fim and are in perfect register with good opacity.

Review and images by Chris St Clair