The Dogs of War O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: February 28th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: 
Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals
Price: $15.00
Product / Stock #: 72-005

This is the fifth set of 1/72 decals from AOA Decals and the second set that I am reviewing. The decals look very nice, clear, and in-register. They are printed by Cartigraf of Italy and work very well. I was very impressed with the ease and smoothness with which they were able to be applied. They came off the sheet well and I was able to move them into place once I got them on. They reacted well with Microset and Microsol making the decals appear as if they were painted on.

There also needs to be a special note about their instruction sheets. There were eight 8 1/2 x 11 sheets detailing everything you would want to know to build one of these options. The profiles were in color and easy to understand. You can tell that a lot of work and research went into this. It's really nice to see a company put this much care into a product.

The options included in this set are:

  • 10 US Army schemes - 21st Black Aces, 184th Nonstop, 199th Swamp Fox, 203rd Hawkeyes, 219th Headhunters, 220th Catkillers, and 221st Shotguns Reconnaissance Aviation/Airplane Companies (RAC)
  • 6 US Air Force schemes
  • 2 US Marine Corps schemes - VMO-6
  • 5 Vietnam Air Force schemes

The hardest part was to decide which O-1 I wanted to do. They really do give you a lot of options. They also provide you with the information stencils. I tried one on the olive green paint scheme, but was unable to see it so I left them off. I will be using them on one of the lighter colored Air Force options.

I highly recommend these decals. They look great, and are made well so they don't rip up on you while placing them. I can't wait to see what other decal sets they come out with next.

I would like to thank AOA decals and IPMS USA for the chance to review this item. I really enjoyed using them and can't wait to use more.

  • Full deccal set
    Full deccal set
  • One page of the eight pages of instructions provided
    One page of the eight pages of instructions provided
  • Side decal
    Side decal
  • Side view
    Side view
  • Top view, aft
    Top view, aft