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Number and Description:
48-101 - JAMMIN’
PROWLERS Grumman EA-6B Prowlers
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets (one
full-sized, one smaller); instructions; stiff cardboard colour
sharply printed; perfect register; minimum of decal film; helpful
instructions and packaging; readable stencils.
||Revell Prowler not currently
in production (but should be back again soon!)
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Cam Decals sheet Number 48-101 provides marking for two brightly
marked CAG bird Grumman EA-6B Prowlers of the Atlantic Fleet.
Whilst both aircraft bear the standard TPS (Tactical Paint Scheme) of
light and dark Ghost Greys, worn by Prowlers, that is where the
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The first aircraft Bureau No 161350, is a veteran of VAQ-151
Shadowhawks‘part in Operation Enduring Freedom whilst it was part of
CVW-8 and based on the USS Enterprise in 2001. A brightly marked
machine it is too. The Squadrons stylised hawk marking is in black and
it just about covers the entire tail cap radome or football, and
extends down the vertical stabilizer. Painted red eyes add much to its
sinister appearance. Stencilled on the “hawk” are the various awards
that the Squadron have won, the Radford Award, a “Battle E, and a
Safety S. Painted on the port side of the nose is a mission marker in
the form of a missile with the numerals 79 painted across it. Included
as well are the various aircrew and maintenance crew names. These
latter decals are great as it enable you to build a specific Prowler,
not just a generic one.
The second aircraft is Bureau No 161118 and the markings supplied
depict it as the CAG bird of CVWR -20’s (R stands for Reserve) VAQ-209
Star Warriors based at Naval Air Station, Whitby Island in 2001.
Whilst not as striking as the former aircraft it still is a bright one
if you were to compare it to its squadron sisters. The airwing
identifier is black with a thin yellow outline as are the modex
numbers for the nose. The Star Warriors squadron insignia adorns the
rudder and is in full colour. CVWR-20’s insignia is also in full
colour on the forward edge of the vertical stabilizer. Interestingly,
the intake warning stencils are also painted in the same green as the
squadron insignia. The nose is adorned with the radiation symbol,
something that Prowler squadrons seem to perpetuate. Originally, this
symbol was painted on the nose of Prowlers so that the deck crews
could differentiate between A-6s and EA-6Bs when they were in the
circuit. They needed to know the difference so as they could set the
arrestor gear for the greater weight of the Prowler as opposed to its
lighter A-6 cousin – or as the story goes.
A reasonable amount of stencil data is supplied on the sheets (there
are two of them in this set. The main sheet holds the majority of
markings whilst the smaller has the walkways and the zaps for the Star
Warriors drop tanks). There are two complete sets of slime lights, one
for each aircraft as well as two sets of walk ways in different
colours. I wouldn’t get too fussed about the stencil data – no two
Prowlers look the same after the corrosion control guys get through
with their relentless patch painting. However, the main ones are
The instruction sheet is an A-4 sized affair which contains a decal
placement plan for each aircraft as well as painting notes. The decal
sheets and instructions are packed in the standard Cam Decal manner of
a plastic Zip-loc bag with a stiff cardboard header.
The decals have been printed by Microscale and are sharp and clear. So
sharp is the printing that you can actually read the stencil data but
you will need a strong magnifying glass to do so!
It never seems to rain, and then it pours! The Revell/Monogram EA-6B
has been out of production for years and yet decal manufactures seem
to have taken the Prowler to their hearts lately and produced several
new sheets. However, there is a strong rumour around the traps that
the Prowler is to be re-released shortly!
In conclusion, this is an excellent effort by Cam Decals.
Thanks to CAM Decals
for the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at http://www.camdecals.com
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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