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Export Bugs

Swiss and Finnish F-18 Hornets

1/32 scale


F4Dable Models



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

F4DableModels Sheet 32-001 Export Bugs - Swiss, Spanish and Finnish F-18 Hornets

Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: See text below
Price: USD$18.00 from http://www.twobobs.net
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very comprehensive sheet; individual stencl markings for each nationality; decals in register and with minimal carrier film; good instructions;
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.

Reviewed by Mike Reeves

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This sheet is a new release from F-4DableModels and covers F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Swiss and Finnish air forces. The sheet has two full sheets with squadron markings, National insignia and aircraft serial numbers on one sheet while the other sheet contains the appropriate stencils for each nation. F-4Dable did their homework on the stencils as each country has their own that are unique to their respective jets.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

The decals include the following markings:


1 F-18C J-5011, Fliegerstaffel 11, Dubendorf (This jet has the tiger head squadron logounder the LERX)

2 F-18C J-5017, Fliegerstaffel 17, Payerne (This jet has the hawk squadron logo under the LERX)

3 F-18C J-5018, Fliegerstaffel 18, Payerne (This jet has the Panther head squadron logo under the LERX)

4 F-18D J-5238, Payerne

5. F-18C J-5026 This is the last F-18C delivered to the Swiss Air Force and it sports a UFO nose art applied to the port nose under the LERX.

A few notes on the Swiss markings. It appears that enough numbers have been included on the sheet to make any one of the 34 Hornets that Switzerland took delivery of. The jets are all painted in the standard USN scheme of FS36320 over FS36375 camouflage scheme. Also, option 5 is on the back side of the main Swiss page. It is located on the stencil markings side.


1 F-18C HN-457, “Kreivi von Rosen”, Last F-18C built in Finland

2 F-18C HN-441, Tampere 2003

3. F-18D HN-461

The Finnish Hornets also carry the FS36320 over FS36375 paint scheme.

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograph. The colors, what little there are, are all very dense so no bleed through should happen. This is very important on the large Swiss roundels. F-4Dable is also banking on the fact that Academy will be releasing the D model Hornet since they included markings for two of them.

This is a great sheet for those who want something different on their big Bugs. I really like the way that the instructions are laid out with notes for the necessary changes that need to be made to the Academy kit in relation to each nation. I also like the typical armament load suggestions. A nice touch.

Highly  Recommended.

Thanks to Bob Sanchez at TwoBobs for the review sample

IF4Dable Models decals may be ordered direct from Two Bobs at http://www.TwoBobs.net or, direct from F4Dablemodels at http://www.f-4DableModels.com

Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Mike Reeves
This Page Created on 03 April, 2005
Last updated 02 April, 2005

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