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Tiger Meet of the Americas
CF-18 Hornet



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Flightdecs FLD4803 CF-18 Hornet #720 Tiger Meet of the Americas scheme 2003
Scale: 1/48 scale
Contents and Media: See Details Below
Price: CAN$26.39 or USD$19.00 available online from FLIGHTDECS
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Great looking markings; extremely well printed; high-quality colour instructions
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Graham Green

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I have just received from Flightdecs of Thunder Bay Canada, their new decal offering of the 2003 Tiger Meet scheme, and I think that it is super.

The markings come on four, approx A5 size sheets, one for the full colour markings for the fin graphics, the roundels, white edging to the various colour demarcations and the orange ‘tiger stripes’ to the inner sides of the fins. The second sheet is for the all Grey tiger stripes on the lower section of the fuselage and the darker grey markings under the LEXes and wing. The final two sheets provide the Black Tiger stripe markings that go on the wing and fuselage topside as well as the fuselage side stripes that mate up with the lower Grey stripes as mentioned above.

The decals are printed extremely well, are nice and thin, and have minimal varnish edging, apart from some of the Tiger stripes which are ‘webbed’ so that you can easily align them on the model whilst applying the decal. For those who wish too, this can be cut away, leaving just the coloured decal itself to apply, but be sure that you know the spacing between the various stripes to get them correct.

A full set of coloured instructions accompany the sheets and they also give a sequence account of how to apply the decals onto the model which is a great help as this is a complex scheme to emulate.

The colours for the topside are quoted as FS numbers and I think that you may have to mix the various colours yourself (there may be ready mixed colours out there but I am not aware of them as I write this – can anyone help?)

I am looking forward, with a little trepidation I must add, to getting stuck into making a model with this scheme on it, I reckon it will be fun!

Patience and time are the main criteria when tackling this colour scheme but it will be rewarded with a superb model that surely must stand out from the crowd!

Thanks to my wallet (looking rather thin after Christmas!) for the review sample and to Flightdecs for providing the means to portray this truly colourful aircraft, thank you and keep up the good work.

Price is 26.39 Can$ or US $19

Highly Recommended

The decals may be ordered directly from FLIGHTDECS http://my.tbaytel.net/fldecs/

Review Copyright © 2003 by Graham Green
This Page Created on 14 February, 2004
Last updated 13 February, 2004

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