S u m m a r y
CED48251 - Hornet's
Revenge Part Five
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Colourful options; sharp
printing; perfect register; well-detailed decal placement guide;
information sheet on the aircraft; single set of stencil data
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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More Hornets! Cutting Edge's sheet CED48251
provides markings for two more Atlantic Fleet F/A-18Cs both CAG birds
this time that took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Both options wear the standard
Hornet tactical paint scheme of FS 3620 dark ghost grey upper surfaces
over FS 36375 light ghost grey, with tan radomes.
Bureau number 164200, the CAG bird of VFA-105, Gunslingers. As
with the Gunslingers CO's bird who's markings are supplied by Cutting
Edge on CED48249, these are bright markings and really stand out on
the TPS background! Just about all of them are in green and yellow.
Green and yellow 400 modex for the
sides of the nose, and tops of the flaps. There are four sets of
these provided. The placement guide shows just three sets so I guess
you can assign the third set to the spares box
AC airwing identifiers for the outer
surfaces of the rudders.
CAG titles for the fin caps.
Full colour national insignia in four
VFA-105 scripts and swooshes for the
CAG and DGAC names beneath the canopy
on the left side and right hand sides of the fuselage.
Airman and Sailor of The Year names
for the nose gear doors.
CVW-3 insignia for the insides of the
The words "GIVE EM HELL!" in
green for both sides of the nose.
"Tonight We …Ride!" scripts in
green for both sides of the LEX.
Maintenance M/Golden Spanner award
for both sides of the spine.
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN titles, Bureau
number data block, and NAVY scripts for the rear fuselage.
squadron insignia for the vertical stabilizer.
scripts for the drop tanks.
A scoreboard consisting of bombs and
missile outlines for the nose (both sides).
The intake warnings the in green and
yellow as well as the larger items of stencil data – in grey.
The other option is Bureau
number 164887, the CAG bird of VFA-87 Golden Warriors.
Her markings comprise:
400 modex for the sides of the nose
and the tops of the flaps in black edged in yellow. As with the
previous option, four sets are provided.
CAG titles for the fin caps in black
edged with yellow for the outer surfaces of the vertical stabilizers.
AJ airwing identifiers for the inner
surfaces of the vertical stabilizers, again, in black edged with
Black national insignia in four
VFA-87 scripts for the spine
incorporated within an arrow.
CAG and DCAG names beneath the canopy
(CAG on the left side and DCAG on the right side).
Bureau number data block, and NAVY
scripts – the NAVY is edged in yellow.
USS Theodore Roosevelt titles, Bureau
number data block, and NAVY scripts – the NAVY is edged in yellow.
The Golden Warriors squadron
insignia of a war-bonnet wearing Indian for the outer faces of the
scripts – Two sets for the drop tanks and a third set for the vertical
stabilizers - in black edged in yellow.
Crew Chief name for the nose gear
The main and larger items of stencil
data in black and yellow. These include the intake warnings and tail
hook warnings, ejection seat triangles, and warning placards.
A small selection of grey
stencil data (a single set) is also provided to be shared by both
Sufficient decals are supplied
to produce both options.
The decal placement guide
follows Cutting Edge’s normal fashion of a full colour double-sided
a-4 sized sheet. It shows a left hand side views on the front and in
the centre pages as well as a single top view on the back.
As per usual, Cutting Edge
does not identify the printer of the decal sheet. 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 kit is the
Same comment for this sheet, a
good effort from Cutting Edge that gives right up to date markings for
two colourful machines.
I have included a shot of
the first aircraft at the top of this review. This is courtesy
of Mr Paul Newman who photographed them aboard the USS Truman when it
visited the UK in July 2003. Thanks Paul!
Cutting Edge Modelworks for
the review samples..
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Photographs Copyright © 2003 by Paul Newman
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23 March, 2004
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