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F/A-18A

MAW-Decals 1/32 F/A-18A Sierra Hotel Alphas Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2009 Manufacturer MAW-Decals
Subject F/A-18A Sierra Hotel Alphas Scale 1/32
Set Number 32-MAW005 Pros Markings for two different aircraft
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-18As are no exception. This set provides the markings for two A-model bugs:

F/A-18A F/A-18A F/A-18A
  • F/A-18A+, 162396, VMFA-232, NH/300, USS Nimitz, 2007, CAG aircraft
  • F/A-18A, 163154, VMFA-333, DN/01, Late 1980s

As you can see in the images, Red Devils aircraft is wearing colorful markings of the squadron Commander of the Air Wing (CAG) mount and Navy modex numbers for its deployment aboard USS Nimitz. The Shamrock aircraft is an good example of a clean low-visibility scheme as this aircraft appeared just after VMFA-333 transitioned into the F/A-18A from the Phantom II. These decals are sized for the Academy kit, though you'll need to modify the Academy F/A-18C kit to backdate it into an A-model, or simply buy one of the aftermarket kits that have been produced for this purpose.

The decal printing is crisp and colorful and the instructions are printed in full color. If you're looking for some interesting subjects for your next 1/32 F/A-18A project, here is one great option.

For more information about this set and the other releases from MAW-Decals, visit their website at http://www.mawdecals.com/.

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

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