F/A-18F CAG Bird
172004 - VFA 21
Black Lions F/A-18F CAG Bird
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Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
USD$8.00 available from Jasmine Model
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diagrams means additional reference will be required.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Sheet number 172004 provides markings for a single F/A-18F Hornet, but not just
any old Hornet. The decals allow you to replicate Bureau number 166663 modex
200, the CAG bird of VFA-213, the Black Lions in 1/72 scale.
The machine is finished in the standard tactical paint scheme finish of FS36320
dark ghost grey over FS36375 light ghost grey borne by the F/A-18F. Being a CAG
bird though she bears large areas of colour, in this case blue (Jasmine Model
quotes FS15180) vertical stabilisers and spine to distinguish her from her
squadron sisters. The same shade of blue is also used for a “sash” around the
nose. Full colour national markings and safety stencil markings are also worn
rather than the subdued lo-viz ones worn by VFA-213’s line birds.
“sash” marking is supplied as multi -part decals to avoid register problems. It
is interesting to note that VFA-213 still uses the same twin-tailed lion
squadron marking, a hang over from her F-14 Tomcat days. The tiny yellow star
markings for the rudder are supplied as individual decals and will be fun to
apply to say the least! You also get a large squadron “zap” on the sheet which
will be great to add to a display base.
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
The decals themselves are silk screen printed and glossy. The appropriate
colours 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 blue background of the spine and vertical stabilisers. Everything on my
sample sheet is in perfect register.
To be truthful, I’m not all that impressed with the decal placement guide. It is
small at 7¼” x 10¼” with 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, this is an affordable decals sheet and will no doubt turn your
latest 1/72 scale Hasegawa Super Bug into a stunning rendition of the
one-to-one-scale Black Lions CAG bird.
The same recommendation applies to all of the 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 21 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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