Two Bobs Aviation Graphics

1/72 F/A-18A/C/D OEF/OIF Marine Hornets decal sheet

Product #72-031

Product Article by Steve Bamford on July 20 2004

Three complete aircraft are represented on this new release from Twobobs.  All three were involved in combat missions in support of either OEF or OIF.

BuNo 163133 from VMFA-115 is an F/A-18A+ and is one of the more colorful Marine Hornets you're going to find out there.  Full color flag artwork on the speed brake and R/W/B markings adorn the rest of the jet.  There is also a false canopy on the bottom of the A/C.  This squadron flew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

BuNo 164910 from VMFA-251 is a C model Hornet that flew missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  A false canopy and some stylized text on the LEX are prominent on this A/C

BuNo 165686 from VMFA-225 is a D model Hornet with mission markings that signify number of SAMs defeated during its missions in support of OIF.  There is also some artwork on the port vertical stab that is in honor of the 1st Marine Division which is the most highly decorated division in the US Marines.  Combat ops kept the right side of the jet from being painted so only the left side was done while on deployment.

 

The decals are very clearly printed and in perfect registration.  The flag artwork is beautifully done and very clear and crisp...even the tiny stars on the flag.  The colours look excellent and I appreciate the fact full stencils are included for all 3 aircraft, which is one nice benefit to 1/72 modelling.

The instructions are the usual Twobobs instructions with 4 view colour drawings of all 3 aircraft, so there is nothing left to the imagination.  Paint codes are simple and are listed for Testors, Humbrol, Gunze Sangyo and Xtracolor.  If you like flag schemes or Vikings on your USMC jets, then this sheet will definitely interest you. 

This sheet is available through http://www.twobobs.net/ and select US Hobby Shops.  Overseas customers can purchase these from Twobobs site or through Twobobs network of overseas distributors.  Remember, shipping is always FREE to US Customers at Twobobs!! 

Steve

Photos and text by Steve Bamford