VFA-103 Jolly Rogers
F/A-18F CAG Bird
172003 - VFA-103
Jolly Rogers F/A-18F CAG Bird
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Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
USD$8.00 available from Jasmine Model
Comprehensive coverage of the subject
diagrams means additional reference will be required.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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The last of my sample decals from the new Shanghai, China
based producer, sheet 172003 provides markings for a single F/A-18F Hornet,
VFA-103 Jolly Rogers’ CAG bird, Bureau number 166620 in 1/72 scale.
Bureau number 166620 is finished in the standard Super Bug tactical paint scheme
of FS36320 dark ghost grey over FS36375 light ghost grey. Being a CAG bird
though she follows what now seems the familiar CAG bird marking layout for the
Super Bug and wears a black spine and vertical stabilisers with a “sash” around
her forward fuselage.
squadron colours are yellow and black and these colours are carried in the form
of yellow tipped vertical black stabilisers and a yellow edged “sash”. These
marking are supplied as decals and unlike the other Jasmine model sheets that I
have seen they are supplied as one-piece decals. A large squadron “zap” is also
supplied on the sheet so you can apply it to a display base should you wish.
Stencil data is confined to the larger more visible items and include a complete
set of slime lights, intake warnings, turbine stripes, and ejection seat warning
triangles. Jasmine Model have also seen fit to supply the walkway marking for
the port side chine and the vinyl blankets between the vertical stabilisers as
decals – great stuff in 1/72 scale as it will save you a tedious masking job.
Similarly, they have supplied the various perforated “grill” areas of the
airframe as decals too as well as the chaff dispensers on the underside of the
intakes. A complete set of instrument panel and side console decals are also
included as are two seats of ejection seat harnesses. Though not stated on the
placement guide, they are sized to fit the Hasegawa kit.
The decals themselves are silk screen printed and glossy. The yellow ones and
the black and white modex ones look to have been printed on top of a white
background. This makes them a little on the thick side but will ensure that they
will be opaque when applied over the black of the vertical stabilisers.
Everything on my sample sheet is in perfect register.
Again, my standard gripe with regard to the Jasmine model placement guide. It is
(too) small at 7¼” x 10¼”, has full colour left and right hand side profiles and
upper and lower plan views. Whilst it is visually pleasing as artwork it falls
far short as a placement guide. Similarly, it is impossible to make out the
camouflage demarcation as the illustration is more an artistic rendition rather
than an information illustration.
Packaging is via a thin cellophane bag with a gummed strip to seal it. Not good
at all as it is neigh on impossible to re insert the decal sheet, the waxed
paper protective sheet and the cardboard backing/header card back into it
without the gummed strip fouling it all!
The gripes aside, Jasmine Model provide an affordable product and its use on the
1/72 scale Hasegawa Super Bug kit will result in a striking scale interpretation
of the real VFA-103 CAG bird that is being flown from the flight deck of the
Atlantic Fleet’s USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
This sheet gets the same recommendation that I have given the other two Jasmine
Model sheets I have so far seen - recommended to those who have alternative
references in their library so as to overcome the inadequate placement guide.
Jasmine Model for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 25 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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