Receiving their first jet in 1951, VMF-224 "Bengals" initially flew the F2H Banshee before replacing it with an F9F-5 Panther which changed them into VMA-224. It wasn't until March 1993 when the squadron became VMFA (AW)-224, after they were given the F/A-18D Hornet to operate. In January 2009, they were based out of Iwakuni and then returned to MCAS Beaufort in July later that year.
This 1/72 scale, die cast model is a Hobby Master hand-painted replica of an F/A-18D Hornet, as it appeared with VMFA(AW)-224 "Bengals" in 2009, features engraved panel lines, an opening canopy with a well-equipped cockpit, optional-position landing gear, authentic pad-printed markings, and a display stand. 9¼" long.
Hobby Master: HA3543