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MAW-Decals 1/32 F/A-18D Double D Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2006 Manufacturer MAW-Decals
Subject F/A-18D Double D Scale 1/32
Set Number 32-MAW001 Pros Markings for two different aircraft, reference photos provided on special CD
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

MAW-Decals decals continued to turn out some outstanding subjects and these two F/A-18Ds are no exception. This set provides the markings for two D-model bugs:

F/A-18D F/A-18D F/A-18D

  • F/A-18D, 164959, VMFA(AW)-553 'The Hawks', ED/01, OIF
  • F/A-18D, 164694, VMFA(AW)-224 'The Fighting Bengals', WK/01, April 2004

In addition to these two sheets of markings designed for the Academy 1/32 two-seat F/A-18D kit (reviewed here), this set also includes a photo CD FULL of reference images. There are very high resolution shots of the aircraft featured on many of MAW's decal sheets as well as nice close-up detail shots of the aircraft. Remember that interesting VMFA(AW)-224 F/A-18D squadron commander aircraft that showed up in the sandbox wearing tiger stripes across the airframe? There were only a few shots released by the Navy of this unique paint scheme. This photo CD has a nice walk around of that aircraft still in its tiger stripes. Modelers rejoice!


Sample photo from the included CD-ROM

The decal printing is crisp and colorful and the instructions are printed in full color.

For more information about this set and the other releases from MAW-Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to MAW-Decals for this review sample!


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