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Super Hornet

Afterburner Decals 1/48 F/A-18F VFA-102 Diamondbacks Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2008 Manufacturer Afterburner Decals
Subject F/A-18F VFA-102 Diamondbacks Scale 1/48
Set Number 48032 Pros Six 1/48 Diamondback Super Hornets
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Afterburner Decals has turned out some impressive decal releases covering contemporary US subjects. In this set, they tackle the F/A-18F Super Hornets of VFA-102, the Diamondbacks.

Hornet Hornet Hornet

This set features the distinctive markings of one CAG aircraft (modex 100), the commanders' aircraft (modex 102), and six line aircraft, each displaying a variation of the colorful or subdued markings. The six aircraft featured in this set are:

  • F/A-18F, 165893, VFA-102, NF/100, 2007 CAG
  • F/A-18F, 165992, VFA-102, NF/102, 2007 Commanding Officer
  • F/A-18F, 165887, VFA-102, NF/105, 2007
  • F/A-18F, 165888, VFA-102, NF/106, 2005
  • F/A-18F, 165892, VFA-102, NF/112, 2007
  • F/A-18F, 165890, VFA-102, NF/114, 2007

Afterburner Decals provides its usual high-quality instruction sheets to depict the colors, marking placement, and all of those door number markings. What's more, these decals are printed by Cartograf, so you won't be seeing any decals here that you'll have to stack one atop another to replicate artwork.

These markings have been sized for the Hasegawa 1/48 F/A-18F kit, though you can use these on the Revell (or other) kits with a little 'tweaking'.

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!