Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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ADM 72015 is the third and final sheet covering the Ling-Temco-Vought
A-7 Corsair II in U.S. Navy service produced by AirDOC.
AirDOC describe this as a ‘special sheet’. It is special in as much
as it provides markings solely for machines of VA-215 ‘Barn Owls’.
The markings are described as being “high visibility scheme” and are
from the sadly missed era of flat gull grey over glossy insignia
white finish with elaborate full colour squadron markings. Details
of the individual options as follows:
154454, modex 410 aboard the USS Oriskany circa 1974. 410 was a
‘line bird’ and as such bears the squadron’s basic high colour
154381, modex 400, the CAG bird. Again, from the same era as
the previous option and aboard the USS Oriskany. As a CAG bird,
her markings are even more elaborate and colourful than that of
her squadron sisters in that her tail markings bear the colours
of each of the other squadrons embarked aboard the Oriskany to
make a ‘rainbow’.
option is Bureau number 154463, modex 412 from 1977 when the
‘Barn Owls’ were embarked aboard the USS Theodore
Roosevelt. Her markings are basically the same as the first
option barring the ship’s name, more complex squadron radome
marking, new Airwing indicator (to reflect the squadron
re-assignment to the Atlantic fleet), the application of
modified squadron insignia on the vertical stabiliser and
intake, and finally, the addition of red stars to the tail
Support material is quite comprehensive. It consists of an A-4
sized sheet (printed on both sides) on good quality glossy paper
that show full colour, clear and well drawn side profiles of each
option as well as an upper and lower plan view. Also included is a
list of suggested kits, references (including their own - LTV A-7
Corsair II Part 1 - The SLUF (Short Little Ugly Fellow) in US Navy
Service – reviewed here on Hyperscale at
and available after market accessories to enhance your scale A-7, as
well as detailed instructions on how to apply the decals.
The decals themselves have been printed by Cartograf. Everything on
my sample sheet is in perfect register with the colours used
appearing to be true to the original specifications. A single set
of stencil data and, national insignia markings are provided with
the stencil data being confined to the larger more visible items
such as intake warning and rescue markings.
The support sheets/placement guide and decal sheets (there are two –
the main sheet and a small errata sheet that supplies the radome
marking for the first two options) come packed in a clear plastic
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Don’t be mistaken, this is a well produced and value for money sheet
from AirDOC but I just can’t help being disappointed in as much as
they have chosen to produce markings for just one of the squadrons
that operated the A-7 during the colourful marking era when they
could have provided a sheet in the same vein as they have for their
A-7 lo-viz markings sheets which provide markings for six to seven
machines from different squadrons on each sheet. Perhaps they will
in the future.
The sheet is also available in 1/48 scale as ADM 48015.
My gripes aside, the sheet is still recommended.
AirDOC for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
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24 December, 2007
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