VAQ-130 "Zappin' Growlers" EA-18G Decals

Published on
July 12, 2012
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Base Kit
Revell or Hasegawa 1/48 F-18F with Steel Beach conversion
Provided by: Twobobs Aviation Graphics - Website: Visit Site
Decal Package

Bob Sanchez and Twobobs continue their excellent new releases with a set for the EA-18 Growler. This set covers Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130), also known as the "Zappers" and based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Currently part of Carrier Air Wing 3, the Zappers deploy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). VAQ-130 is the oldest electronic warfare squadron in the U.S. Navy.

This set covers two planes, the CAG plane with black tail and spine with a green dragon breathing lightning bolts, and a line plane in all gray with the same markings. This kits listed are for Revell and Hasegawa F-18F with the Steel Beach conversions. I would suggest that the Hasegawa Growler release may be your best choice and it was reviewed here:

The instructions are excellent, featuring a two-sided sheet covering both sides of the planes as well as top and bottom. Color is indicated with FS number as well as Testors, Gunze, Humbrol, and Xtracrylic paint numbers. Decals are provided on two sheets, including the slime lights, stenciling, and all the needed markings for either jet. Markings are also included for the ALQ pods and drop tanks. Printing is by Microscale and is excellent.

Highly recommended to fans of the Growler! My thanks to Bob and Twobobs for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the chance to review it.


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