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1/32 Decals for USN F-4J Phantom in Vietnam War:VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 for Tamiya


Manufactured by: AOA Decals

SKU: AOA32-016
Price: AU$41.95
AU$37.50

US$28.00;  €26.35
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    Product Description
    Note: This set does NOT include aircraft kit.

    This decal sheet covers one specific F-4J Phantom (BuNo 155887) as she appeared during three Vietnam cruises while with the same squadron (VF-143 Pukin' Dogs, callsign "Taproom") and also same modex each time (102). Not a MiG killer, just one example of the many, many other Phantoms that took part in the war daily. The Pukin' Dogs Vietnam F-4B's have been covered in decal form before (again, because of MiG kills), their later wartime F-4Js have been neglected until now.

    For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of VF-143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 and last American to be listed as POW. While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall. CDR Hall was previously Blue Angels Officer-In-Charge/Flight Leader (Plane 1), him and his Blue Angel team were featured in the 1975 documentary Threshold - The Blue Angel Experience.

    The set includes three marking options:
    USS Constellation 1969-70, USS Enterprise 1971-72, and USS Enterprise 1972-73

    Unlike vast majority of AOA releases, only the minimal stencilling/common markings are provided. F-4's were liberally covered with stencils and is too large of a project to be covered for this release.

    Decals also included for external fuel tanks and intake FOD covers.

    How to apply water-slide decals:
    1. Preparation: to achieve better result, a gloss or semi-gloss coat is very important. It will make a smooth layer which the decals will suction to and make it much easier to apply and set them.
    2. Cut out the decal you need (do it on cutting mat)
    3. Grab the decal with tweezers, place it on the surface of the water and leave it for about 20 seconds.
    4. Remove the decal from the water and place it on paper towel to remove any excess water.
    5. Apply decal solution to the part where the decal is to be placed.
    6. Slide the decal off the backing paper on to the model. Using a paint brush or cotton bud is a good way to do this without damaging the decal.
    7. Use the brush, knife or cotton bud to position the decal. Using your paper towel, gently dab the decal and soak up the excess water (decal softener is also recommended at this stage. After applying softener, the decal will suction to the part and flatten out smooth.)
    8. When the decal is completely dry, give another coat of varnish or Klear/Future to seal it.

    • Manufactured by: AOA Decals
    • SKU: AOA32-016
    • Package Weight: 42g
    • 5 Units in Stock


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