F4DableModels is a new company on the block and judging from their
first decal releases, they are here to stay. They have provided modelers of
the world some subjects that have been lacking over the past several
This sheet,number 48-001 is the first of their 1/48 sheets to date and it
covers Finnish, Spanish and Swiss Air Force Machines. The instructions are
in color, except for the comprehensive stencil placement diagrams. The guys
at F4dable also give some good building notes on the Hasegawa 1/48 kits even
breaking it down to what modifications you need to make on each kit number.
The reason that they only provide notes on the Hasegawa kits is that those
were the kits used for sizing up the decals and artwork. They do mention
that the decals can be used on other kits with slight modifications.
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The instructions comprise of three separate sheets with each Air Force
being represented on their own sheet. The stencil placement guide is on the
back of each sheet as well. Care must be taken with the stencils as each Air
Force has their own. The decals themselves are in two separate sheets. One
sheet comprises of National Insignia, squadron markings and numbers while
the second sheet contains three separate stencil sections (one for each
country). There are enough decals on the sheet (s) to do one complete jet
from each of the three represented Air Forces. The following is what you get
Finnish Air Force (Suomen Ilmavoimat)
1. F-18C HN-457, “Kreivi von Rosen” - The last F-18C built
2. F-18C HN-441, Tampere 2003
3. F-18D HN-461
Take note that the Finnish Hornets are built in Finland and have
equipment added to suit their own needs. Some notes on these Hornets are
that they use Martin Baker SF.14 seats which are similar to NACES seats but
have the seat belt s compatable with the Bae hawk MK.51 aircraft. They also
sport the spotlight on the port forward fuselage as well as a few other
minor changes that are called out for in the instructions. The colors on the
innish Hornets are FS36320 upper surfaces and FS36375 lower surfaces.
Swiss Air Force (Schweizerische Flugwaffe)
1. F-18C J-5011, Fliegerstaffel 11, Dubendorf
2. F-18C J-5017, Fliegerstaffel 17, Payerne
3. F-18C J-5018, Fliegerstaffel 18, Payerne
4. F-18D J-5238, Payerne
These are fairly straightforward F-18C/Ds with the exception of a few
modifications needed by the Swiss Air Force. The outboard wing stations were
developed and built in Switzerland allowing them to carry the AIM-120 AMRAAM
missile. The paint on the Swiss jets is also FS36320 Upper Surfaces with
FS36375 Lower Surfaces.
Spanish Air Force (Ejercito de’l Aire)
1. EF-18B CE.15-08, Torrejon AB
2. EF-18A, C.15-59, Ala 12, Torrejon AB, Operation Allied Force (this
one has mission markings)
3. EF-18A, C.15-14, Ala 15, Zaragoza AB
4. F/A-18A, C.15-84, Escuadron 462, Gando AB (former USN F/A-18A)
The Spanish Hornets are IMHO the most colorful of the ones on this sheet.
The Spanish Hornets do not have the NLG catapault launch stirrup installed.
All of the 24 ex USN Hornets (24 of them) that the Spanish Air Force
operates fly with Escuadron 462 at Gando AB.
Overall this is one of the most comprehensive sheets on the Hornet I have
ever seen. The markings are spot on and the decals have very little carrier
film. I have never used a sheet that was printed by cartograph so I decided
to test a stencil on one of my spare, painted, kits. I found the decals to
work best with warm water. The decal snuggled down nicely and reacted well
This is a very welcome addition to any Hornet enthusiast's collection. It
is about time that some of the export operators of the Bug get acknowledged
by decal manufacturers.