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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Furball Aero-Design # 48-049
Air Wing All-Stars: Super Hornets - Part 3
1:48 Scale



vol_2_imageThe F/A-18 E and F Super Hornets today are the most numerous airplanes on U.S. Navy carrier decks, having replaced the F-14 Tomcat, A-6/KA-6D Intruder, and legacy Hornets alike.  Super Hornets accordingly assume the majority of operational roles, including fleet air defense, interdiction, close air support, and buddy tanking.  The Super Hornet will only be eclipsed by the F-35C, which is soon to begin its introduction to the fleet – but this process will be gradual over the span of many years.  In the meantime, the F/A-18E and F will continue to shoulder the vast majority of the burden assumed by tactical U.S. naval airpower.

Furball Aero-Design’s sheet # 48-049 is a collection of paint schemes of colorful CAG and squadron commander Super Hornet jets on two sheets with markings for nine airplanes:

-   F/A-18E BuNo 168911, AJ 301, VFA-87 Golden Dragons, USS GEORGE H.W.
    BUSH, 2015
-   F/A-18E BuNo 166830, AA 200, VFA-81 Sunliners, USS CARL VINSON, 2015
-  F/A-18E BuNo 168911, AJ 301, VFA-87 Golden Warriors, USS GEORGE H.W.
   BUSH, 2015
-  F/A-18E BuNo 166651, AC 401, VFA-105 Gunslingers, USS DWIGHT D.
   EISENHOWER, 2015
-  F/A-18E BuNo 165987, NE 200, VFA-137 Kestrels, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON,
   2015
-  F/A-18E BuNo 168471, NG 400, VFA-151 Vigilantes, USS JOHN C. STENNIS 2015
-  F/A-18E BuNo 165782, NE 300, VFA-192 Golden Dragons, USS GEORGE
   WASHINGTON, 2015
-  F/A-18F BuNo 166674, AJ 201, VFA-213 Black Lions, USS GEORGE H.W.
   BUSH,2011
-  Bonus scheme: F/A-18F BuNo 166674, AJ 201, VFA-213 Black Lions, USS
   GEORGE H.W. BUSH, 2011 – with temporary Christmas markings.

These are a great set of schemes for Furball to produce for contemporary Super Hornets – they are all distinctive and attention-grabbing.  The quality of the decal design by Furball and the printing by Cartograf are both outstanding.  The decal sheet includes full stencils for two jets.  The instructions and stencil guide are expertly rendered and are remarkably thorough.  Beyond the excellent print quality of the decals and instructions, it’s the attention to the little details that impress me just as much, including the decals for the unusual yellow inside trim on the landing gear doors edging on the VFA-192 CAG jet, markings for the NACES ejection seats, and the array of white ceramic tiles ringing the internal surface of the engine exhaust nozzles which is a really great touch.

Overall, Furball Aero-Design has a great selection of Super Hornet schemes in this offering and gives fans of modern U.S. naval aviation decals to model some of the more colorful F/A-18Es and –Fs that that have been around as of late.  Highly recommended!  

Many thanks to Furball Aero-Design for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.furballaero-design.com/default.asp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FurballAeroDesign/?fref=ts

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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