This is an excellent choice, and I look forward to watching your dad work his magic on this kit. Thanks for starting and documenting yet another build journal for us to follow along with. I'm sorry to hear the decals have shattered on your kit.
I have one of the old Monogram kits in 1/48 scale #5419 with the big "stinging bee" on the tail, but I'm not sure if it would work to build a Korean War bird. I think it is one of the first / original releases and it dates back around the late 1970's or early 80's.
My Dad was a Korean War combat veteran and he had nothing but praise for the pilots who flew the Skyraiders, Corsairs and C-47's.
By the looks of things you guys are already making some good progress.