F-18C Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) VFA-122, VFC-12 Decals

Published: August 9th, 2011     
Decal Set Packaging
Decal Set Packaging
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Price: $14.00
Product / Stock #: 48-230
Product provided by: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics continues to release decals to celebrate the special paint schemes that the US Navy is using to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Flight (Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA). Each decal sheet contains markings for these special aircraft and a 3" sticker with the CONA official logo. Two Bobs actually has an official licensing agreement with the Navy to bring these decals to us in the hobby world! As always, this Two Bobs release features decals which are thin, crisp, and in perfect register.

This decal sheet covers two F/A-18C Hornets seen in February, 2011. Packaging is the usual clear zipper bag we see decals in, and inside is a one-page, double sided, full color sheet containing color information, decal placement directions, and some images of the actual aircraft. This package contains one "standard size" decal sheet, as well as a smaller insert sheet and the 3" sticker mentioned earlier. Decals are printed by Microscale Industries for Two Bobs.

The first aircraft is an F/A-18C Hornet, BuNo 163733, VFA-122 Flying Eagles from NAS Lemoore. This is a very attractive paint scheme which consists of Flat Sea Blue (FS35042) over Intermediate Blue (FS35164) over white (FS17875). The tail has white/intermediate blue checkers, and the aircraft number 25 is in white on the nose and tail. The lower surface of the wing (outward of the wing fold) is also intermediate blue. I have to say this is one of my favorite CONA schemes. Aircraft stenciling is also at a minimum on this aircraft, and Two Bobs has provided these smaller markings with the decal sheet.

The second aircraft covered in this decal sheet is an F/A-18C Hornet, BuNo 164673, from VFC-12 Fighting Omars, NAS Oceana. This aircraft carries a full stencil load, and Two Bobs has included all of the small decals on the sheet. Overall color for this aircraft is Flat Sea Blue with a white tail. Two Bobs has included some of the white tail markings for this aircraft on the insert sheet - perfect for those of us who don't like to mask and paint!

If you're interested in adding some colorful Hornets to your display case, look no further. I highly recommend this and the other CONA sheets to anyone wishing to celebrate the CONA, or just looking to add something a little different to their collection.

Thank you again to Two Bobs for this review sample and for bringing these very special CONA sheets to the modeling world!

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