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EA-18G Growler Anthology

Furball Aero-Design 1/48 EA-18G Growler Anthology Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2016 Manufacturer Furball Aero-Design
Subject EA-18G Growler Anthology Scale 1/48
Set Number 48048 Pros 12 colorful subjects
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $21.99

First Look

Furball Aero-Design has reissued their latest decal super set with a great selection of colorful Growlers for the Hasegawa 1/48 EA-18G kit. This set provides 12 different subjects complete with airframe stenciling and walkways enough for at least two kits.

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Subjects include:

  • EA-18G, 168893, VAQ-129/390TH ECS, NJ/543, NAS Whidbey Island, 2015
  • EA-18G, 166894, VAQ-132, NL/540, Aviano AB, Operation Oddessy Dawn, 2011
  • EA-18G, 166935, VAQ-132, NL/541, Misawa AB, 2014
  • EA-18G, 168376, VAQ-133, NG/500, NAS Whidbey Island, 2015, CAG aircraft
  • EA-18G, 166940, VAQ-135, NL/520, NAS Whidbey Island, 2011
  • EA-18G, 166941, VAQ-135, NL/521, NAS Whidbey Island, 2011
  • EA-18G, 168266, VAQ-137, AB/500, USS Theodore Roosevelt, 2014, CAG aircraft
  • EA-18G, 168256, VAQ-139, NA/500, USS Carl Vinson, 2014, CAG aircraft
  • EA-18G, 168375, VAQ-140, AG/500, USS Harry S Truman, 2015, CAG aircraft
  • EA-18G, 166928, VAQ-141, NF/500, USS George Washington, 2013, CAG aircraft

  • EA-18G, 166895, VAQ-209, AF/500, NAS Whidbey Island, 2015, CAG aircraft
  • EA-18G, 166896, VAQ-209, AF/501, NAS Whidbey Island, 2015, Skipper's aircraft

The set comes on two sheets printed by Cartograf and the printing is very well done. What's more, none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

I've avoided building the Growler to date since most of the early aircraft in service carried basic markings. Now that the aircraft has seen combat operations, these aircraft are starting to carry similar colorful CAG markings to their Super Hornet bretheren and distinctive squadron emblems. This Growler Anthology provides some nice eye-catching schemes for the Hasegawa kit and it is time to find mine.

My sincere thanks to Furball Aero-Design for this review sample!