1/72 Italeri F-18

Gallery Article by Carl Reinisch

 

Here's Italeri's 1/72 scale F-18. I used the 1/72 Leading Edge Models decal sheet depicting the R.C.A.F. -75th Anniversary CF-18A from 410 Cougar Squadron.  For the blue, I followed the advice on the decal sheet and used a 1 to 1 mix of Testers 1111 Blue and 1143 Blue (7ml bottles). Unfortunately I do not recall how much "tweaking" (if any) I had to do after that to get a match. The instruction sheet also suggests that a good match would be the Tamiya color acrylic X-4 Blue.

 

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I used Future on the canopy. I also use Future as a final coat before decal application. After the Future had dried I masked off the canopy using the Testers Parafilm (masks well but doesn't have the tendency to lift off paint that masking tape has.) I've even used the Parafilm to mask over decals - one has to be careful, but it can be done.

I then oversprayed the entire model with a 50-50 mix of Poly S flat and gloss clear. Carefully peeling off the parafilm resulted in the canopy you see.  Even though the decal sheet was a little on the pricey side, the quality is such that now  that I've finished the model, I am glad I spent the money because it makes into a very attractive model. He (Leading Edge) makes a good product and in this case, one does get what one pays for.

Carl Reinisch

      

Photos and text by Carl Reinisch