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CED48227 - F/A-18C
Hornet's Revenge Part One
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Sharp printing; perfect
register; well-detailed decal placement guide; information sheet
on the aircraft; unique stencil data included for each aircraft
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Cutting Edge Modelworks CED48227 is the first of
three new sheets covering F/A-18s of the Atlantic Fleet.
This sheet features two aircraft from CVW-17 that
flew from the USS George Washington during the Afghanistan and Iraq
combat cruise between July and December of 2002.
The first aircraft is F/A-18C
Bureau number 165228, modex 307 assigned to VFA-83 “Rampagers”. 307
features the standard tactical paint scheme (TPS) worn by F/A-18s of
FS 36320 over FS 36375.
307 differs from her squadron
sisters in that she wears an unusual tail marking consisting of the
“Xmas Grinch” character riding a black ram and brandishing a smoking
pistol. Decorating one of their aircraft in a Xmas theme is a
tradition of CVW-17 and the tail markings borne by 307 are the result
of this tradition. The remainder of the markings are standard and
set of lo-viz national insignia.
- 307 modex for the fuselage
sides (the swept back ones), tops of the flaps on the wings, and
abbreviated 07s for the outer sides of the fin caps. There is a
further set of modex supplied but the placement guide does not
provide any clue as to where they should go – perhaps they are
- VFA-83 titles for both
sides of the spine.
- Pilot’s names for either
side of the fuselage below the windscreen (different names for
- The plane captain’s name
for the nose wheel door.
- CVW-17 titles, NAVY titles
and the Bureau number block for the rear fuselage.
- “RAM ON” slogans and pin
striping for the wing fences.
- RAMPAGERS titles and VFA-83
zaps for either side of the drop tanks – you get six in all.
Next is F/A-18C Bureau number
163471, VFA-61’s “Sunliners” CAG bird. Finish is TPS and as expected
of a CAG aircraft it sports a little colour.
The markings are made
- Blue 400 modex for the
nose, tops of the fin caps, and tops of the wing flaps. As with the
“Rampagers” aircraft, there is a spare pair provided.
- Blue VFA-81 titles and
“Golden Spanner” award for the spine.
- Full colour squadron
insignia for the outer surfaces of the vertical stabilizers
- Black AA airwing identifier
with a red lightning bolt for the inner surfaces of the vertical
- Black SUNLINERS titles and
small orange squadron zaps for the drop tanks – again, you get six
- Blue USS WASHINGTON titles
with black NAVY tiles and Bureau numbers for the rear fuselage.
- Blue CAG and DCAG titles
and names for either side of the nose beneath the windscreen. The
former is Captain Dana Potts, a name that is familiar with
- Blue ground crew names for
the nose wheel doors.
- A set of non-standard sized
full colour national insignia for the fuselage.
Unique stencil data is
supplied for each aircraft (red intake warnings, arrestor hook and
beware of blast for the Sunliners option with the corresponding ones
in grey for the Rampagers) as well as single generic set for both
aircraft. Whilst there is not a great deal of on the sheet is still a
lot more than Cutting Edge normally supplies – to be truthful, what
they have supplied is probably enough to make your model look busy and
any more would probably be too much as it does tend to merge into the
background of the paint scheme on the 1-to-1 scale examples anyway and
is not all that visible.
The decal placement guide
follows Cutting Edge’s normal fashion of a full colour double-sided
a-4 sized sheet. It shows left hand side views of both aircraft on
the front and a single top and bottom generic view on the back. The
side profiles show the radomes of both aircraft to be grey. I’m not
convinced that this is correct as the normal practice for F/A-18s is
that the extreme tip of the nose has a small stainless steel tip and a
tan coloured vinyl/rubber covering over the first third of the
radome. If you follow this link you will see a picture of the
Sunliners aircraft that illustrates this point:
Further reference photographs of this aircraft can be found on
Bertrand “Big Bear” Deleest’s US Navy CAG site at:
http://www.amv83.org/navycag/ a great site too by the
There is no identification on
the decal sheet as to who printed it but my bet is that it was
Microscale such is the quality of the printing. The decal sheet and
placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kits are the
Monogram F/A-18C and Hasegawa F/A-18C.
This is a nice sheet from
Cutting Edge Modelworks for
the review samples..
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
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