Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Caracal Models
Decal Sheet ID CD72050
Decal Sheet Title C-54 Skymaster Part 3 - USAF Thunderbirds
Types Featured C-54D

Caracal Models continue to produce interesting decal sheets which fill gaps in the market. Sheet CD72050 provides markings for only a single aircraft, but a rather large one - the C-54D operated by the USAF Thunderbirds team during the 1959 season.

This aircraft was overall natural metal with a white fin and upper fuselage, and gloss grey fuselage and engine nacelle bottoms. However, it also carried full "Thunderbirds" markings, including red fin and horizontal stabiliser leading edges with blue stars, a red/white/blue scalloped nose, red/white/blue wingtips and a blue fuselage cheat line.

Caracal make this really easy - ALL of the markings are provided!. There are three separate decal sheets, and these include the stars'n'bars, "U.S.AIR FORCE" and "USAF" in the correct shade of Insignia Blue.

Instructions comprise left, right, upper and lower side views and detailed "scrap" drawings where necessary.

The decals are printed by Cartograf in perfect register, and should lead to a highly colourful model!

Review and images by Chris St Clair