- The Gunslingers of VFA-105
Contents and Media:
Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
available online from Afterburner Decals
Comprehensive sheet; outstanding
support material; stencil markings a'plenty.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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AD 48-12 is
the middle sheet in Afterburner Decals current three sheet coverage of F/A-18
Hornets of the U.S. Navy.
what a sheet it is! Large and impressive would be a good description. The
support information sheets are just a tad under A-4 in size and in full colour.
Large is also a good description of the main decal sheet as it too is just a
little smaller than an A-4 sheet.
sheet provides markings for three F/A-18Es of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet
based VFA-105 Gunslingers, the CAG bird, the Commanding Officer’s
aircraft and a “plain Jane” line bird. Details of the individual machines are
Bureau number 166650, modex 400, VFA-105s CAG bird. Finish is standard
tactical paint scheme (TPS) of Federal Standard 36320 dark ghost grey over
Federal Standard 36375 light ghost grey with black vertical stabilisers. As
a CAG bird, all her squadron markings are in full colour (green and yellow)
including her national insignia and maintenance stencils and warnings. The
vertical stabiliser stripes are supplied as decals with a “spare” 00 being
provided should you opt to paint the stripes yourself. Much use of two-part
decals is made with this option with the yellow and green 400 modex, AC air
wing designator, “Mutha” titles, Navy titles and Gunslingers scripts
being supplied in this manner to prevent registration problems.
Bureau number 166651 modex 401 assigned to the Gunslingers’
Commanding Officer Sara Joyner who has the distinction of being the first
woman to command an operational U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron. 401 is
in the same TPS finish as the previous option and marked up in the same
manner as the CAG bird but the colour is gone (bar the unit insignia on the
vertical stabilisers) being replaced by shades of grey. As with the CAG
bird, this options’s 01 numerals are also provided separately should you wan
to paint the stripes yourself.
option is F/A-18E Bureau number 166655 modex 405, a Gunslingers line
jet. A “plain Jane” line bird, 405 is finished in standard TPS with subdued
squadron (minus the VFA-105 “bullet” and vertical stabiliser designs) and
maintenance markings. It is great to see Afterburner Decals including
markings for line birds on their sheet as not everyone wants a brightly
marked Hornet on their shelves.
themselves are first rate. Whilst being silk screen printed, they are still
thinly printed. Everything on my sample is in perfect register and has an
absolute minimum of carrier film surrounding each design. The issue comprises
four decal sheets in all. The largest one carries a mixture of squadron
markings as well as (comprehensive) stencil data whilst the smaller one carry
slime lights, 401 modex numbers and minor stencil data items. The final two
small sheets are errata sheets.
As with all
Afterburner Decals sheets that I have seen, the support material is complete,
comprehensive and is really the icing on the cake! This issue is no different
and includes three sheets printed on glossy paper. The first sheet acts as a
“cover” and shows full colour left hand side profiles for each option on the
“front” whilst the rear of the sheet show the same profiles only larger and with
thumbnails below to view images full-sized:
sheet shows top and bottom plan views with a colour key to show the TPS finish
on the “front” whilst the other side of this sheet shows large left and right
hand side profiles as well as upper and lower surface plan views as a guide for
stencil data placement.
sheet is a single sided affair and it shows “load out” diagram detailing what
stores are carried on each of the F/A-18Es pylons.
information sheets advise that the decals have been “sized” for the Hasegawa
Decals are top shelf stuff from as far as I am concerned. They provide top
quality complete and comprehensive markings for the aircraft they are covering
and back it up with all-inclusive back-up support material.
MUTHA, what’s that? Take a trip to
the While You Were Deployed website at
http://whileyouweredeployed.com/squadron_histories_the_mutha.php and find
Afterburner Decals for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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