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F/A-18C/E/F; EA-18G
"Team Factory: CVW-8 at War"

Furball Aero Design, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Furball Aero Design Item No. 48-066 – F/A-18C/E/F; EA-18G "Team Factory: CVW-8 at War"

Scale:

1/48

Contents and Media:

Two large and one small errata decal sheets plus instructions and notes

Price:

USD$27.99 plus shipping available online from Furball Aero-Design's website

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Large and impressive set covering a number of different types; perfect Cartograf printing; thin carrier film; comprehensively illustrated instructions; a whopping 18 subjects covered; enough stencils to complete four aircraft; ordnance markings included too.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

This is a high quality and busy package with a large choice of subjects, extensive instructions and excellent decals. Furball's "Team Factory: CVW-8 at War" will be a great option for anyone planning to build any one of a wide selection of Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler kits.


Reviewed by Brett Green


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F i r s t L o o k

 

Furball Aero-Design has a growing range of decals for modern subjects as well as performing decal design services for model companies.

Amongst their latest batch of recent releases is F/A-18C/E/F; EA-18G "Team Factory: CVW-8 at War".

According to Furball, this set covers CVW-8’s Hornets, Super Hornets, and Growlers from their 2017 cruise in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  Options are included to build 5 F/A-18Fs, 8 F/A-18Es, 3 F/A-18Cs, & 2 EA-18Gs.  Enough stencil and data decals are included to build four complete models. 

 

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Specific subjects are as follows:

  • VFA-31 F/A-18E 166776 (AJ 100) JULY 2017:  Black-tailed Felix CAG with special “Colonial” markings for the USS Bush’s visit to the UK.  This jet has 13 mission markings on the nose.

  • VFA-31 F/A-18E 166776 (AJ 100) SEPT 2017: Black-tailed Felix CAG with standard squadron logos. This jet has 26 mission markings on the nose. 

  • VFA-31 F/A-18E 166783 (AJ 107) 2017: Low Visibility line jet with 56 mission marks on the nose

  • VFA-31 F/A-18E 169120 (AJ 151) 2017: Low Visibility line jet borrowed from VFA-106 with unique “Gladiator Felix” insignia on the tails. This jet had 40 mission marks on the nose

  • VFA-213 F/A-18F 166663 (AJ 200) 2017:  Blue tailed tanker configured CAG with “Angry Bird” logo on the nose.

  • VFA-213 F/A-18F 166674 (AJ 201) 2017:  Lo-Viz CO jet with black markings and unique squadron insignia on the tail.  63 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-213 F/A-18F 166682 (AJ 204) 2017:  Lo-Viz line jet with medium gray markings. 110 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-213 F/A-18F 166639 (AJ 213) 2017:  Lo-Viz line jet with medium gray markings and unique squadron insignia on the tail.  17 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-213 F/A-18F 166640 (AJ 214) 2017:  Lo-Viz line jet with medium gray markings.  78 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-87 F/A-18E 168910 (AJ 300) 2017:  Golden Warriors’ retro-style CAG jet with markings similar to those worn when the unit flew A-7s.  77 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-87 F/A-18E 168912 (AJ 302) 2017:  SU-22 shooter with small Syrian flag and SU-22 silhouette under the front canopy.  50 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-87 F/A-18E 168913 (AJ 303) 2017:  Lo-Viz line jet with medium gray markings and 43 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-87 F/A-18E 168915 (AJ 305) 2017:  Wingman during SU-22 shootdown missionLo-Viz line jet with medium gray markings and 34 mission marks on the nose.

  • VFA-37 F/A-18C 165187 (AJ 400) 2017:  Blue tailed Bulls CAG jet with 40 mission marks under the left leading-edge extension.  Tail interiors feature the names of fallen heroes lost during the fight against terror.

  • VFA-37 F/A-18C 165221 (AJ 404) 2017:  Blue and red tailed 50th Anniversary jet with 36 mission marks under the left leading-edge extension.

  • VFA-37 F/A-18C 164632 (AJ 401) 2017:  Lo-Viz CO jet with 18 mission marks under the left leading-edge extension.

  • VAQ-131 EA-18G 168772 (AJ 500) 2017:  Lo-Viz Lancers’ CAG jet with 66 mission marks on the nose.

  • VAQ-131 EA-18G 168775 (AJ 503) 2017:  Lo-Viz line jet with 57 mission marks on the nose.

Detailed load out information carts are included with set so the modeler can depict accurate war loads.

Sufficient stencil markings are supplied for four complete models.

Comprehensive instructions are supplied over six double sided letter-sized sheets. These include colour views of all subjects, plus a double page loadout guide.

 

 

The decals are supplied on two large sheets. All the colour markings are included on the biggest sheet.

 

 

The second sheet mainly covers black and grey markings, including the bulk of the stencil and weapon markings.

 

 

A small errata sheet is included too.

Decals are in register and perfectly printed.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

This is a high quality and busy package with a large choice of subjects, extensive instructions and excellent decals.

Furball's "Team Factory: CVW-8 at War" will be a great option for anyone planning to build any one of a wide selection of Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler kits.

Thanks to Furball Aero-Design for the sample.


Text and Images Copyright 2018 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 3 April, 2018
Last updated 3 April, 2018

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