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EF-18F (F/A-18G) Growler AN/ALQ-99 Jamming Pods

 

Cutting Edge Modelworks

 

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Catalogue Number and Description

CEC48426 EF-18F (F/A-18G) Growler AN/ALQ-99 Jamming Pods

Scale: 1/48
Price: USD$12.99
Contents and Media: Six pieces in grey resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very clean casting; good detail; simple conversion
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green
 


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FirstLook

 

The EA-6B Prowler will be retired sometime around 2010. One of the options for replacement under current consideration is the Airborne Electronic Attack version of the new Super Hornet. This airframe is known as the EF-18F or F/A-18G "Growler".

It is expected that the EF-18F will be 99% compatible with the F/A-18F Hornet. The most obvious difference on evaluation airframes is the addition of three external AN/ALQ-99 Jamming Pods. One of these pods is fitted to the centreline of the fuselage, and one is fitted to each wing on either the inside or middle pylon.

Cutting Edge's Growler conversion could not be much simpler. Three pods are supplied in grey resin,. The main body of each pod is a single part, while the cap and the small propeller for the Ram Air Turbine is cast separately. The pods are cast onto a thin casting block along the length of the bottom of the part. This will be quite simple to remove.

 

 

The Growler evaluation airframe scheme is quite colourful, and there is lots of potential for "what if" schemes using these pods too.

Recommended.

Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the preview information


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Review Text and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 19 March, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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