Inspiration for the next build
I had originally decided to build my Academy Phantom as a 1972 Sundowners bird, but then I ran across this picture. VF 84 USS Independence, 1965. It was Indy and 84s only Vietnam war cruise. Markings for the period were in a flux starting out with a simpler “flag” Jolly Roger on the tail and then at least some (200 and this bird) were painted with the all black tail seen here. Sadly every place I looked for decals were either too $$$$ or out of print. But a Hyperscaler came to my rescue and is sending me the Double Ugly decals for this scheme, so I think the Sundowners is on hold. A bonus for me is VF 84 was in my first CAG when I was a young Plane Captain in VAW 124 (many years after this picture was taken!) and I was aboard Indy for 4 years in VAW 115, so I have walked where this picture was taken many times 30 years later!