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Afterburner Decals 1/48 F/A-18F VFA-2 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2009 Manufacturer Afterburner Decals
Subject F/A-18F VFA-2 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48053 Pros A look at five examples as they appeared between 2004 and 2008
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Afterburner Decals continues to turn out some impressive decal releases covering contemporary US subjects and this latest set is definitely no exception. This release covers several examples from VFA-2 after they transitioned into the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

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

The first two examples are actually the same airframe as it appeared with different crew names in two different years. This set provides a good cross-section of markings between 2004 and 2008 with a mix of CAG, commander, and line aircraft.

The examples presented here include:

  • F/A-18F, 165916, VFA-2, NE/100, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2007, CAG aircraft
  • F/A-18F, 165916, VFA-2, NE/100, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2008, CAG aircraft
  • F/A-18F, 165917, VFA-2, NE/102, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2007
  • F/A-18F, 165911, VFA-2, NE/103, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2007
  • F/A-18F, 165919, VFA-2, NE/103, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2004

This set provides a complete set of maintenance stencils and markings to replicate one aircraft, but what a nice selection to choose from!

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!