In-Box Review
CF-18 in modern RCAF service
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by: Is a secret [ JESSIE_C ]


In the mid 1990s, the Canadian Forces' image was updated by the Canadian Government to fall into line with the “Federal Identity Program” used by all other Government Departments. This is sometimes derisively called the “Post Office” marking scheme, since the Post Office is where most Canadians see this style of Government identity most frequently.

First impressions

In 1/48, this decal comes printed on two sheets. The printing is very crisp and in register. The sheet covers all CF-18 squadrons plus the “Balkan Rats” detachment markings used during the Balkans War of the 1990s and Operation Mobile during the 2011 Libyan crisis. The instructions are adequate to do the various aircraft illustrated, but any of Canada's F-18s may be modelled provided you have accurate references to hand.

Sheet 1

This sheet contains contains the roundels, flags, squadron markings, stencils and Balkans mission markings for several different aircraft.

Sheet 2

This sheet contains serial numbers in quantity in both vertical and slanted font, single seat and two seat styles of false canopy, wing leading edge protective covers and the stencils which didn't fit on the first sheet

final thoughts

The instruction sheet mentions that the decals may be harmed by strong setting solutions. I did a test using portions of set #48007and my poor old knocked-about Revell 1/72 Voodoo which shows that used carefully, Solvaset did not damage the decal, and that used without any setting solution at all, the decal still conforms to the moulded detail.

This sheet is also available in 1/72 and 1/32 scales.

All Canuck Models decal sheets and accessories are available for purchase directly from the manufacturer at the Canuck Model Products website.

The real thing:
3 of 441's F-18s tucked in close together in the sunshine above the clouds.

188939 of 410 Squadron in a typical pose flying over the Boreal forest near Cold Lake.

188776 with “Balkan Rats” tail markings and bomb mission markings below the cockpit.

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Highs: Crisp printing, very accurate, good choices.
Lows: More references needed
Verdict: The modern RCAF fan will love this.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: WVD 48005
  Suggested Retail: C$10.00
  PUBLISHED: Feb 27, 2014

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