|Decal Sheet ID||CD72027|
|Decal Sheet Title||C-123B Provider|
Designed for the Roden Kit, Caracal Models have covered a range of interesting C-123B's on sheet CD72027, including no less than six different aircraft:-
- C-123B 57-6289 as assigned to MATS. Overall natural metal with white uppersurfaces, separated by black cheatlines. Dayglo orange fuselage stripe (FS28913) and a blue/yellow MATS fin flash;
- C-123B 54-679 from Strategic Air Command during 1962. Overall natural metal with dayglo orange fuselage stripe and light bluw SAC sash on the fuselage;
- C-123B 55-4568 from the USAF during the 1960's. Overall natural metal with Insignia Red (FS31136) rear fuselage and fin;
- C-123B 54-560 from the USAF during the 1960's. Identically marked to 55-4568 but with "TROOP CARRIER" in black behind the cockpit;
- VC-123B 56-4375, used as General Westmoreland's personal transport during 1965. Natural metal undersurfaces and white upper surfaces, separated by black cheatlines. Natural metal rudder and white fuel tanks;
- C-123B 55-4593 from the 310th SOS, based at Phan Rang AB, Vietnam, during 1968. Four colour South East Asia (SEA) scheme comprising dark green (FS34079), medium green (FS34102) and tan (FS30219) upper surfaces with light grey (FS36622) lower surfaces. White "WM" tail codes.
As usual with Caracal, instructions are in full color and comprise left side and upper views for each scheme, an additional right hand view for the camouflage aircraft and an additional set of drawings depicting stencilling.
Unusually for Caracal, two sheets of decals are provided. The first sheet contains the unit markings, badges and most of the stencilling, whilst the second sheet provides wing walk markings and rear fuselage "buzz numbers". The sheets are printed by Microscale in perfect register.
With the release of the Roden kits in 1/72, this sheet provides the modeller with a range of interesting and colourful subjects - highly recommended!
Review and images by Chris St Clair