I opted to try this kit knowing full well it was Italeri plastic with Cartograph decals and Platz boxing - with their instructions.
The box has a great image of a real F-18G on the front When you open the box you find gray plastic with clear for the canopy and taxi lights. Cartograph decals (yay!) and a very well-laid-out instruction manual from Platz. (yay!) The Italeri plastic was the negative.
I purposefully did not read any reviews on the model from either company before beginning. This will be a simple review.