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sheet; instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
Colourful and interesting options; good instructions;
plenty of online reference available; decals sharply
printed and in perfect register
caps not supplied as decals; stencils not supplied for
first option (but may be accurate!)
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Here is a brand new
sheet from Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM Decals) that
provides right up to date markings for F/A-18C CAG birds
from two of the Atlantic Fleet squadrons that took part in
Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002.
First is Bureau
number 165214 belonging to VFA-34 “Blue Blasters” of CVW-17
aboard the USS George Washington.
Finish is the
standard Hornet scheme of FS 3620 dark ghost grey upper
surfaces over FS 36375 light ghost grey, tan radome with a
stainless steel tip. The fin caps are painted in the
Squadron’s mid blue. No FS number or model paint match is
given for this blue and the placement guide tells you to
match it to the blue of the decals. Not a big deal really
but it would have been nice to see the fin caps supplied as
The majority of
decals for this aircraft are in the same squadron blue
colour. They consist of:
AA airwing identifiers for the outer surfaces of the
modex for the sides of the nose and tops of the flaps.
The modex is in a very different font to that normally
seen on US Naval aircraft.
scripts for the spine.
Washington scripts for the base of the outer surfaces of
the vertical stabilizers.
Blasters scripts for the drop tank.
DCAG names beneath the canopy. Incidentally, the CAG is
CAPT D.R. Potts, a well known contributor to this site.
number data block. National insignia, and Navy scripts.
The full colour
A red white and blue
coloured VFA-34 squadron insignia of a smoking winged skull
whose eyes and nose are cleverly depicted as and old
fashioned batsman for the outer surface of the port vertical
A blue and white playing
card Joker wielding a .50 Cal machine gun for the outer
surface of the starboard vertical stabilizer. This is the
old WWII VF-20 "Jokers" squadron insignia from which VFA-34
The remainder of the
decals are in grey with the exception of white 00s for the
fin caps. The grey decals are the more easily seen stencil
data items – the intake warnings ejector seat/rescue
information, arrestor hook warnings, walkways for the
fuselage chines, and exhaust blast warnings. A set of
yellow slime lights are also included.
Unusual for CAM,
they don’t include a comprehensive set of stencil data.
Don’t be too upset about this though as it may be quite
right for this aircraft. The data does tend to disappear
under the constant touch ups that these aircraft receive
aboard carries in the never ending battle against
For some great
reference shots of this aircraft follow the links
US Navy Digital
Images site at:
These shots have
been taken over the period of 165214’s life as a CAG.
Notice that there are several differences in the way the
aircraft is marked in the different pictures than it has
been depicted on the decal sheet. Don’t be alarmed and
think that the sheet is wrong as is detail changes do
The second aircraft
is Bureau number 164627, the CAG of VFA-15 “Valions” when it
was aboard the USS Enterprise as a part of CVW-8 in 2001.
finish is the same as the Blue “Blasters”, FS 3620 dark
ghost grey upper surfaces over FS 36375 light ghost grey,
tan radome with a stainless steel tip.
On this basic
background the corrosion control guys at VFA-15 have livened
up the squadron markings by painting them in blue and
yellow. In fact just about all of the markings on the
aircraft are in blue and yellow! These markings are all
provided as decals and they consist of:
that follows the leading edge of the vertical stabilizers
(inside and out) and extends across the vertical
stabilizer beneath the fin cap. The Word Estocin in
cursive script is placed in the centre of the stripe.
This is to signify that VFA-15 has won the coveted CAPT
Michael J. Estocin Award for the best F/A-18 squadron in
the U.S. Navy. A dry fit against the Hasegawa kit reveals
that these decals fit perectly.
airwing identifier for the outboard sides of the rudders.
squadron insignia of a lion riding a missile. This
insignia is a reincarnation of one previously used by the
squadron when it flew A-4s.
scripts, VFA-15 scripts for the fuselage spine, 300 modex
for the nose and tops of the vertical stabilizers.
Atlantic Fleet “Battle E” award.
stencil data including the intake warning triangles,
ejector seat triangles, exhaust blast warning and arrestor
- The walkways for
the fuselage chines, 300 modex for the tops of the flaps
(there is an extra pair provided as well so you get four
in all), Valions scripts for the drop tanks, CAG and DCAG
names for side of the fuselage underneath the cockpit
(both sides), The Bureau number data block.
A set of slime
lights, as well as a set of full-colour national insignia
round out the markings for this aircraft. As with the
VFA-34 aircraft, the stencil data is limited and the same
CAM has included a
correction set with this sheet. The original sheet features
the blue of the squadron markings as a medium blue and some
of the other decals in different colours (the fin top modex,
arrestor hook warning data). The replacement sheet supplies
the markings in the more correct darker blue and lighter
yellow – nice move Cam Decals). Reference photos of this
aircraft can be found on Betrand “Big Bear” Delest’s
excellent website at:
Other shots from
around the web are:
The same comments
apply for this aircraft with regard to differences in the
Decal placement is
guided by an A-4 sized sheet that has black and white side
profile drawings as well as smaller drawings to illustrate
details that are not readily evident. This sheet also
provides limited colour notes as well as a list of sources
used when the sheet was researched. The same side profiles
also appear on the header card but this time they are in
The placement guide,
three decal sheets and the header card are all packed in a
clear plastic zip-loc bag.
themselves have been printed by Microscale so you know that
they will work. They are all sharp, clear and in perfect
The placement guide
recommends the Hasegawa and Monogram kits. However, if the
rumour of a new-tool late model –C from Revell proves
correct I know where this set will find a home.
This is a great
sheet by Cam Decals and it is Recommended
Hobbies for the review sample.
CAM Decals are
available online from their website at
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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