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1/48 Decals, Super Bug Shockers
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Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 06:25 AM UTC


tim hatton [litespeed] takes a look at Afterburners Decals release of Super Bug Shockers. This sheet covers the E/A-18G Shockers or Growlers from 4 units. VAQ-132 Scorpions have 2 jets included, a colourful and low vis jet. Also included are a jets from VX-9, VX-31 and the E/A-18G RAG from VAQ-129. Designed for the Hasegawa kit, but the kit requires the use of aftermarket upgrades to turn it into a Growler/Shocker.


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Thanks!
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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 10:50 AM UTC
Sorry for the confusion about the numbers...just before we went to print, they jet had some additional markings placed (the 3 lightning bolts w/ sword inside the tail) and the numbers were changed to reflect VAQ-132s spot in COMVAQWINGPAC's deployment rotation....the original numbers (500) were assigned while attached to a CVW....COMVAQWINGPAC deployments aren't on CVNs, so they side numbers are not 00s on the CAG jets.

The non-deployed markings are what's on the 2-Bobs sheet, with the double nuts.

We altered the profile art in the instructions accordingly, but neglected the smaller original one on the cover.

Another small item, when we printed, it didn't have the 540 on the upper flaps, but we provided it just in case they put it on there later...which this shot shows they did.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davebudd/4817092385/

-Scott
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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:08 AM UTC
Hi Scott, thanks for the explanation. That is a superb photo of the Scorpions aircraft you have given the link too, one of the best F/A-18 photos I have ever seen. Nice one Scott.
All the best.
tim
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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:34 AM UTC
The navy is BAAAD about that, LOL! They are FOREVER changing the markings up, week to week it seems...more than once we've printed a sheet, only to have their CAG get a new scheme before its released...VFA-31 JUST did that to us, but we have their new CAG on the upcoming BIG E Coast super bug CAG sheet. We caught VFA-37s swap to the blue scheme 3 days before print...I ended up on the phone with their PAO...ON THE SHIP, and he was nice enough to step out into the hangar bay and grab the shots we needed. Technology is wonderful!

I'm not exactly sure when the first Gs will be assigned to CVWs, but they sure do have some great schemes! VAQ-138s new CAG jet is a stellar, and 141s is probably the nicest scheme I've ever seen on a hornet or any kind.