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Number and Description:
48-077 F/A-18C Hornets
VFA-105 "Gunfighters" &VFA-25 "Fist of the Fleet"
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets;
instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
||Perfect register; minimum of
decal film; colourful, accurate and interesting markings; superb
artwork and printing
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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CAM’s 48-077 sheet provides markings for two of the brightest CAG
birds that you could ever want to see! Both aircraft are painted in
the standard F/A-18 Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS) of FS 36320 dark ghost
grey over FS 36375 light ghost grey with the radome being tan with a
bare metal tip.
is F/A-18C Bureau number 164200 of VFA-105 “Gunfighters” off the USS
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1994. The majority of the markings on this
aircraft are in the Squadron’s colours of green and yellow. Just about
all of them in fact! The only markings on the aircraft that seemed to
have escaped the men with the green and yellow paint seem to be the
“do not paint” stencils for the UHF/IFF antennas, the F/A-18C of the
Bureau number, the VF-105 scripts for the wing drop tanks, and the
Squadron’s black chess piece Knight on a white background.
Next is a Pacific Fleet aircraft, F/A-18C Bureau number 163705 of
VFA-25 “Fist of the Fleet” when it was flying of the USS Independence
during Op Desert Shield in 1990. These markings are a good example of
the “Black Tailed CAG” era of US Naval aviation.
All of the standard markings carried by Hornets are in grey are
supplied. These include the stencil data, stars and bars, and Navy
scripts. The NK airwing identifiers, CAG (for the left side) and DCAG
(for the right hand side), and ships titles are in yellow to contrast
against the black of the vertical stabilizers.
Modex 400s, VFA-25, “Fist” titles (for the strake/fence on the LEX)
and stencilled squadron insignia for the drop tanks are in black.
The CAG rainbow has been made larger than the fin so that you have
plenty to play with to get it into the correct position. Once you have
it right trim off the excess by carefully sanding it away. Remember
that the rainbow stops at the end of the fairings for the high band
antennas and does not protrude on to the antenna caps.
The artwork and printing on this sheet is superb. There are some
tricky printing tasks involved in producing this sheet and all of the
designs and they have been carried off perfectly with everything in
exact register. The colours are also perfect. There are three
different shades of yellow on the “Fisters” aircraft and the
differences in hue have all been faithfully reproduced.
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Decal placement is via the standard CAM method using an A-4 sheet
in landscape format with side profiles and plan views. Each of the
decals are numbered with the corresponding location on the instruction
sheet numbered as well, removing any confusion as to where they are
supposed to go. The cardboard header; as well as protecting the decal
sheets, also provides coloured side profiles of each aircraft.
The second sheet provides two sets of wing walks, each in a different
The decals, instructions and header are packed in a clear plastic
Ziploc bag and the decals themselves have been printed by Microscale.
Markings for both of these aircraft have been produced by other decal
companies but this is by far the best representation of them that I
have seen. This is an excellent sheet from the guys at CAM.
Brookhurst Hobbies for
the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at
http://www.camdecals.com and from
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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