Leading Edge 48.029 433 Squadron CF-18A Hornet

Units: 433 Sq




Scott Van Aken

Note: Sheet also available in 1/72 as 72.029


Once more, Leading Edge has reissued one of their excellent decal sets for the CF-18 Hornet. This one is for the 433 Sq 50th Anniversary. Those of you who are knowledgeable on things CAF realize that the unit mascot is a porcupine, and specifically the one from the 'Pogo' comic strip. It was only natural that the commemorative aircraft carry its fair share of porcupine quills!

Leading Edge has managed to duplicate that semi-complicated scheme with the same panache that it has its other commemorative sheets. The decals are superbly printed and quite complete, providing all the stencils and protective coatings that are on the real plane. When it comes to instructions there are none better in the industry. There is one sheet to cover the common markings and another dedicated to the special ones, with separate sheets to cover the common markings and the special ones.

As with all Leading Edge decals, this one is available in several scales.  The 1/72 sheet is identical in every way to the 1/48 sheet (shown) only smaller. Most modelers will want to use the Hasegawa kits for this scheme as they are considered to be the best around, though it will probably fit other kits without too much fuss. Regardless of which kit is used, this will make your next Hornet a real show-stopper.

August 2020

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