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David Kopielski
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1/48 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet VFA-37

June 17, 2022 · in Aviation · · 8 · 1.3K

This is the F/A-18E . I used Furball decals to replicate VFA-37. The model has been detailed with Eduard photo etch, resin ejection seat, resin exhaust cans, resin ECS tubes, 3-D printed Litening pod, resin GBU-54 bombs and Meng missiles.

The kit itself went together well with the exception of the intake fit. As noted this kit represents the early super hornet so I added the ECS tubes for the later version. The Furball decals were pretty good. The only issue I had was the walkway stripes fell apart due to the thin film when I tried to slide them off. I ended up using the kit decals for these. Overall I am happy with the final results. I also took some photos next to “C” model (also a Revell kit) so that you can see the size/shape differences between the two. I also included a photo with a VA-37 A-7E. I served with VA-37 and transitioned out just before the changeover to the 's. I just need to build an A-7A with the early VA-37 markings to complete my set of VA-37/VFA-37 aircraft.

You can check out the build of this from start to finish in my build log at

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  1. In the end it turned out perfect, David @davids_models
    Nice details, especially inside the wheelbays.

  2. Look great David, I especially think the nozzles look to be a great improvement. Love the shots with the other aircraft as well. Are those names on the insides of the rudders? Do you know details about that?

    • I could not locate information on them. I believe it is folks who died during the Iraq war. The tails state they gave the ultimate sacrifice and will not be forgotten. Some are Navy, some are Marines and some appear to be civilian names.

  3. Great final result, David!

  4. This build came out great, David (@davids_models). It was fun to follow along.

  5. Nice work, David!

  6. Nice build. Cruised with VA-37 [A-7s] way back when I was in VF-31[F-4s].aboard Saratoga.

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