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Leading Edge 1/48 CF-18 NORAD 50th Anniversary Demo Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2008 Manufacturer Leading Edge
Subject CF-18 NORAD 50th Anniversary Demo Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48061 Pros Nice looking anniversary scheme
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Leading Edge has released the latest in the series of special CAF Hornet schemes. This one commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. This scheme adourns aircraft 188703 and is flying the 2008 airshow circuit within Canada.

CF-18 CF-18

The decal sheet comes with a complete set of national markings, maintenance stencils and aircraft identification marks, as well as the special commemorative markings. Even the false canopy under the nose is provided as decals.

Something new with this release is the alternative markings that are fitted to either the Hasegawa or Monogram 1/48 Hornet kits. This is a nice touch as you don't have to worry about the variations in either kit as these markings will now support both. You're still on your own to adapt the markings to the Hobby Boss kit should you elect to use that kit as the basis for this project.

This will definitely be an easy color sheme to try. If you've been collecting the Leading Edge special Hornet schemes in the past but have been intimidated up until now, this will be a great start into building special paint scheme aircraft.

My sincere thanks to Leading Edge Decals for this review sample!


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