Furball Aero-Design Decals | 32-004: Legacy Bug Bandits F/A-18A/A+/B/C
Reviewed by Fred Krause
Fresh from the printer comes Furball Aero-Design decal sheet number 32-004. The sheet provides markings for two F-18A adversary jets assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Two F-18Cs assigned to the Naval Aviation Weapons Development Center (NAWDC) which has succeeded NSAWC at Fallon, and one F-18A+ and one F-18B assigned to VFC-12 at NAS Oceana, Virginia.
First up is F-18A 162906 NSAWC #44. This jet flew for several years in this very attractive tan, brown and green splinter scheme. Sister F-18A 162894 #46 was also painted in this scheme around the same time frame.
Next is F-18A 162875 #55 in a blue, light blue, and grey scheme. This jet was with NSAWC for a very short time, and I only managed to photograph it one time before it was gone.
VFC-12 F-18A+ 162867 #00 is the last Alpha model on the sheet. This one is in a very interesting dark grey, light grey, and white splinter scheme that adorns many of the Omar’s aircraft.
The only F-18B on the sheet is 161924 VFC-12 #12 currently painted up in a “Fullback” scheme designed to simulate Russian Su-34s.
The first F-18C 164277 #24 painted up in a blue over white scheme.
The last jet is F-18C 164646 painted up in a brown over white scheme. This jet is sometimes referred to as “The Gazelle”.
The decals are beautifully printed by Cartograf in Italy, and contains complete markings (minus wing walks) for all six jets.
Over the years there has been a handful of large scale adversary Hornet decals available, most notably from Twobobs, but all are out of production, and difficult to find. Now Furball steps up with a very nice sheet containing three older, and three current options. The sheet is also available in 1/48th scale as number 48-070.
© Fred Krause 2019
This review was published on Friday, February 22 2019; Last modified on Friday, February 22 2019