Leading Edge Models

1/32 CF-18 439 Tiger Meet Special 1992 decal sheet

Product # 32.11 (also available in 1/48 and 1/72)

Product Article by Steve Bamford




This decal sheet from Leading Edge Models provides a full set of markings in 1/32 scale for one on the most impressive Tiger Meet planes.  There may be more colourful Tiger Meet aircraft.....but the sheer simplistic design of this Tiger Meet CF-18 makes it one of my favourites.   

This decal sheet is also available in 1/48 and 1/72.  There was more than one aircraft given a paint scheme similar to this one and getting complete reference photos of this paint scheme was the real challenge that Dave at Leading Edge Models had to over come.  This particular decal sheet features CF-18 # 764. 

But let's have a look at the decals.  Decals for the Tiger Stripes are NOT included, but this is hardly surprising considering the size of the 1/32 Hornet from Academy.  So you must use the well done paper templates to mask your big Hornet for the process of painting the stripes.  Templates are also included for masking the fuel tanks and under wing pylons.  The decals are very complete and beautifully printed on 2 decal sheets.  Five very complete pages of B&W instructions and stripe painting templates are included.  I am seriously excited about the release of these decals in 1/32. 

The instructions also include info on what brand of paint provides the most accurate shade of grey that best matches the Canadian CF-18's.  The printing quality and colours and registration is all first rate and up to Leading Edge Models top class quality.  This is a very recommended decal sheet for anyone that likes building Tiger Meet jets.

Special thanks to Dave at Leading Edge Models for the review samples.


Photos and text by Steve Bamford