Scale 1/72
Manufacturer AOA Decals
Decal Sheet ID 72-006
Decal Sheet Title Gunships: Raining Fire (1) – USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War
Types Featured AC-119G, AC-119K

AOA Decals have a very small range of decals, but their sheets are highly detailed and exhaustively researched. Sheet 72-006 is the first sheet to cover the AC-119, with markings for no less than 14 different aircraft! The airframes featured are:

  • AC-119G 52-5927 from the 71st SOS during 1969, carrying “Shadow” artwork and the name “The Devil’s Advocate”, all in white on the nose;
  • AC-119G 53-3136 from the 71st SOS during 1969, carrying “Shadow” artwork and the name “Burks Law”, all in white on the nose;
  • AC-119G 53-8069 from the 71st SOS during 1969, carrying “Shadow” artwork and the name “City Of Columbus” and “Indiana”, all in white on the nose;
  • AC-119G 53-7848 from the 17th SOS during 1970, carrying “Shadow” artwork, the name “The Charlotte Representative” and a stylised missile in white on the nose;
  • AC-119G 52-5905 from the 17th SOS during 1970, carrying “Shadow” artwork, the name “Charlie Chasers” and a similar missile to ‘7848 in white on the nose;
  • AC-119G 52-5942 from the 17th SOS during 1970, carry identical artwork to 52-5905;
  • AC-119G 53-8069 from the 819th AS during 1971 onwards after transfer to the Vietnamese Air Force, carrying no artwork but with “069” on the forward fuselage in tan, and “HD” on the extreme nose;
  • AC-119G 53-8089 from the 819th AS during 1972 onwards after transfer to the Vietnamese Air Force, carrying no artwork but with “089” on the forward fuselage in tan, and “HO” on the extreme nose;
  • AC-119K 52-5945 from the 18th SOS during 1969-70, with “The Polish Cannon” in white and full colour artwork on the nose;
  • AC-119K 53-3154 from the 18th SOS during 1969-70, with “Good Grief – The Pea-nut Special” in white on the nose, together with full colour artwork;
  • AC-119K 52-9982 from the 18th SOS during 1969-70, with “The SUPER SOW” in white below a stylised AC-119 gunship on the nose;
  • AC-119K 52-5864 from the 18th SOS during 1969-70, “MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE” with red and yellow artwork on the nose;
  • AC-119K 53-7830 from the 18th SOS during 1969-70, with “FLY UNITED” in white on the nose and two yellow geese;
  • AC-119K 53-7830 from the 18th SOS during 1972, with “BLACK KILLER DUCK” in red on the nose.

All aircraft were painted in the standard scheme (for the type), comprising FS34079, FS34102 and FS30219 upper surfaces with black lower surfaces. Markings were predominantly Insignia Red and comprised “USAF” and the serial number on the fin.

The decals are printed by Cartograf and there are sufficient stencils for two aircraft. Instructions come on multiple A-5 sheets and include:

  • Instructions for “accurizing” the 1/72 Italeri and 1/144 Roden AC-119K kits, and converting both to the earlier AC-119G;
  • Left and right-side views showing stencil details for both the AC-119G and AC-119K;
  • Camouflage and markings, with a right-side and upper full view and lower scrap view;
  • Side views for each aircraft.

There are very few markings for the AC-119, so this sheet is highly recommended!

Review and images by Chris St Clair