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F/A-18 Stencil Data



Hi Decal Line



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48-006
Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$6.96 from Squadron.com
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Thin; good registration; good variety of stencils including for Aussie Hornets; handy for aftermarket sets without stencils .
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Hi Decal's 1/48 scale F/A-18 Stencil Decal Sheet is available online from Squadron




Hi-Decal is a Poland based company that produce quality decals in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. They seem to focus on modern aircraft, particularly Russian types. The subject of this review though is their sheet 48-006 which provides stencil data for the F/A-18 Hornet. No sub-type is stated but the placement guide shows C as well as a D.

The sheet provides very comprehensive sets of markings and stencil data for two aircraft. A bonus for modellers of the Aussie Hornet is the extra stencil data items worn by RAAF aircraft.

The bulk of the data are provided in either light or dark grey with the chine walkways in ether mid-grey or back. Slime lights are a pale yellow.

The decals themselves are all well printed. They are all sharp, clear and in perfect register. There is not a great deal of decal film surrounding each design but there is more than is seen on decals produced by industry leaders. This last point is not a criticism just an observation.

The placement guide is A-4 in size and shows black and white drawings of the left and right hand sides of the fuselage as well as top and bottom plan views and the inner faces of the vertical stabilizers. Hi-Decal has made the correct placement of decals very simple. Each decal has a number printed next to it. The placement guide shows the number and a line pointing to where the decal with the corresponding number should be placed on the aircraft simple yet effective.

The decal sheet and the placement guide are packed in a very thin plastic bag, which is stapled to a cardboard header.

This is a good product from Hi-Decal. Given that the majority of the mainstream decal producers dont provide stencil data nowadays this sheet will be welcomed by Hornet fans who want to apply the same amount of stencil data to their 1/48-scale efforts as the 1/1 scale ones wear.



Review Copyright 2003 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 04 June, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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