Leading Edge Models

1/72 F-18A/C paint mask/plugs set

product # M72.001 for Academy 1/72 F-18 kit.   $5.00

Review by Steve Bamford on July 8 2008



This new masking set from Leading Edge Models sets a whole new standard for masking sets. 

The set includes vinyl masks for;

  • Canopy masks for single seater

  • 3 different Wing walks (depending on how much you want to mask)

  • Nose gun metal gun blast panel  

  • CF-18 spot light mask

  • Wheels and tires

  • Exhaust cans

  • Nose gear area for painting inside of gearbay

  • Main gear area for painting inside of gearbay

  • Antenna panel on underside in front of nosegear bay

  • Round panels under wings

  • Underwing Flap hinge round panel masks

  • Nose cone

  • Nav light masks

You also get foam pieces to help mask the;

  • nosegear bay 

  • maingear bays

You also get card pieces to help mask the;

  • nosegear bay 

  • maingear bays

These sets are very complete and for the price you just can't beat them.  This is one highly complete set.  The masks peel off the backing very easily and they look thick enough to avoid problems with folding over on themselves etc but they are thin enough to be very easy to work with.

The 2 pages of instructions are clear and are done in the classic Leading Edge Models style, well laid out and simple to follow after about a minute of study.  This set of masks raises the bar to a whole new level for other companies to follow.

This set is also available in 1/32 and 1/48 and a 1/72 set (M72.002) is also available for the 1/72 Hasegawa kit.


I would like to thank Leading Edge Models for providing me with this review sample.  You can order this item directly from their website.

Photos and text by Steve Bamford