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Cobra's Head
RAAF F/A-18A Hornet


Aussie Decals

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Catalogue Number: A72005; A48001; A32001
Scale: 1/48 or 1/32
Contents and Media: Decal sheet; instructions; additional placement guide
Price: A72005 - AUD14.60
A48001 - AUD$19.98
A32001 - AUD$18.05
Stencils and slime lights also available in separate sheets for all scales.
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: All three versions of these striking markings provided; comprehensive instructions; decals in perfect register; thin carrier film; great timing for big Academy Hornet.
Disadvantages: No stencil markings supplied (available separately)
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green


F i r s t   L o o k


Aussie Decals has released a new sheet, available in 1/32, 1/48 nd 1/72 scales, covering one of the most unusually marked F/A-18A Hornets in the early service of the Royal Australian Air Force. Tonight we are reviewing the 1/48 scale version.

3 Sqn RAAF already had some interesting markings with the six stars of the Southern Cross painted in the fins (a tradition stretching back to Second World War Mustangs and Kittyhawks in Italy), plus a chevron overlaying a tapered streak along each side of the fuselage spine.

Wing Commander B.J.S. Mouatt added his own personalised touch too - a distinctive Cobra's head to the nose of the aircraft. This Cobra went through three distinct versions. The first, dating from November 1986, was relatively simple, painted in grey. The second version  from August 1987 was redesigned as slightly smaller but with more prominent grey gums and a fine black outline to the mouth. Later the same year, the gums were transformed into a ferocious red.

All three versions are supplied on the sheet.

The decal sheet also includes the serials, individual aircraft numbers, general 3 Sqn markings and the Roo roundels, but you'll have to source the stencils from elsewhere.

The decals are perfectly printed on very thin-looking carrier film.

Instructions are supplied on a single sided, black and white sheet. Each of the three versions is illustrated.

Aussie Decals' Cobra Head Hornet decals should look great on your Hasegawa or Revell 1/48 scale, or Academy 1/32 scale, early F/A-18A models.


Thanks to Peter from Pete's Hangar/Aussie Decals for the review sample.

 Inquiries may be made directly to Pete's Hangar's email address
or to their postal address: P.O. Box 94, Redbank, Queensland 4301, Australia

Pete's Hangar products are available at hobby shops & retailers
including Snowy Mountains Models

Review Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 15 January, 2004
Last updated 15 January, 2004

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