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  1. Good morning (or afternoon depending on what side of the Atlantic you're on) everyone, This will be my first model, along with my first thread on model making online! There will be many questions, and possibly something worthwhile looking at in the end. I have chosen to make a model based off of my nation's primary multirole fighter. I recently purchased a Canucks Models CF-188 special edition with the Battle of Britain decals. Plans are to order Canada's FIB Decal kit from Canuck models and base the model off of a CF-188 that participated in Operation Mobile. As for workspace, this is how I have been working, soon to change however as I am heading back to school today As for actual progress, I have assembled the seat, and have painted most of the cockpit black for further detailing I have found I love the assembly of parts, the painting on the other hand I am very unhappy with. I feel that the paint has gone on too thick, and that there is texture from the paint that makes it look messy. I am considering finding a way to strip the paint off the parts (they are only dry assembled aside from the seat) and having another go. I need to decide if I am going to go ahead and get an airbrush when I get my next paycheck, I have a feeling I won't ever be happy with brush painted models. Plenty to think about on the drive today! Comments and criticism are encouraged!
  2. Long time no see Britmodeller, but I have not been resting on my laurels. Here's the Academy 1/72 Hornet from the 1986 Libya strike. At least I hope it is. Markings come from one of the Aeromaster Stinging Hornets set and has aircraft 203 from VFA-132 Privateers. I'm not sure if this particular aircraft flew in the strike (I know 200 did) but I will assume that it did. The aircraft is armed with a pair of AGM-88 HARM missiles as in real life, with accompanying AIM-9s and AIM-7s. The aircraft is painted using Gunze colors in the original Hornet colors of Light Ghost Gray (FS 36375) over Light Gray (FS 36495). I'm still not quite convinced about the accuracy of Gunze's LGG. I feel it has a purplish tint that shouldn't be there. Metal surfaces were painted with Citadel metallics (old formula). I used white missile markings as I have seen some pictures where they were still carried around this time. The HARM markings were taken from a Revell F/A-18F decal sheet and the HARMs themselves from a Revell F-16C kit. A Windsor & Newton pigment marker was used for the red edges of the bay doors. I love the Academy legacy Hornet. It has some fit issues (dry fitting strongly recommended) and the nose is a complicated 4-piece setup but it looks gorgeous once built. There was no aftermarket used as none was needed although the cockpit, while detailed, might not be enough for purists. A bit of filling and sanding was needed to remove some of the bumps that are not appropriate for a mid-1980s Hornet. Thanks for looking!
  3. Hello all, For my second build here on Britmodeller I have chosen something nice and easy. The 1/72 Hobby Boss F/A-18 Hornet A, the build will be straight out of the box (bar a canopy mask probably). I've always had a bit of a love hate relationship with the Hornet, I love it mainly because it's the Blue Angels bird and that scheme is one of my favourites, I hate it because it slowly replaced the F-14 Tomcat in US Navy service and the Big Cat is one of my favourite aircraft of all time. Anyway enough rambling here are the customary presentation photos. Nice box art and a convient top opening box. Front page of the "comprehensive" instruction manual. A four step build, just about right for my skill level. I do like it when a sprue map is included. Blue Angels scheme, more than likely the one I will go for. RCAF 425sqn 60 anniversary special scheme, I do really like this one too, so might be tempted and leave the Blue Angels for a later build. Blue Angels decals. RCAF 425sqn decals. Top half. Bottom half. Sprue A. Sprue B. Sprue C. Sprue D. Sprue E. As you can see I'm quite keen to get this one underway, I've made a start on the cockpit. I'll spray that later then add the not very detailed ejection seat. I'm not bothered about the lack of detail in the cockpit, I think I will be putting a pilot in there and modelling the plan in flight if I can get round the undercarriage doors. Neal
  4. Revell is to release in November 2016 a new tool 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet kit - ref.04994 What's wrong with the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Super Hornet? Followed or not in 2017-2018 by two seats 1/32nd Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler? Source: V.P.
  5. Hi all and here's the latest finish from me, Hasegawa's 1/72 F/A-18 Hornet in a Navy Aggressor scheme (VFA-127) pretending to be an Iraqi Mig-29. I built her for a 'Call of Nature' GB (any kit with an animal for a name). The full build thread is here but in summary. Kit: Hasegawa F/A-18A Hornet Box 00438 Scale: 1/72 Paints: Halfords Primer from a can. Revell Acrylics, Klear, Flory Models Wash, W&N Flat Coat all by hairy stick Decals: US Navy VFA-127 'Desert Bogeys' Aggressors by Hi-Decal Extras: Eduard 'Zoom' photoetch for the cockpit. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot
  6. Kit - Hobbyboss 1:48 Paint - All enamels Decals - CAM (Squadron markings), Aeromaster (all stencils) Extras - Quickboost resin seat, Weapons from Hasegawa weapons set & spares box. McDD F/A-18A Hornet VFA-15 'Valions' USS John F. Kennedy 1991 Built for the 'Desert Storm' Campaign/GB over at Modellers Alliance. Thoroughly enjoyed this kit but surprised at 'generic' cockpit details and total lack of transparencies for nav & formation lights - very odd. Exceptionally detailed landing gear which surprisingly dropped in to position without a fuss. No not as well fitting as the Hasegawa kit but not nearly as expensive either. Please feel free to make any comments, criticisms or ask any questions. Ian.
  7. I present to you my second completed model, a 1/48 F/A-18F VFA-154. A few dodgy seam lines as I kind of rushed the assembly to get to the painting stage as I was doing this as a test run for a few hornet projects I want to do. Mr hobby paints were used with a MIG panel line wash and pigments for weathering. Hope you like it.
  8. As if one jet wasn't out of character for me.....I actually made two! Following from the Eurofighter I also made the Hobby Boss FA-18 I used the HB Blue Angels kit, pinched a bit of ordinance from an old Minicraft FA-18 kit and sourced some Two Bobs after market decals for the Werewolves scheme Finished with Model Master Enamels Had to do a combat version .....couldn't bring myself to paint the thing in the Blue Angels Livery! Here's the pics Thanks for looking Cheers Bruce
  9. Trumpeter is to release a family of de Havilland DH.103 Hornet F.1 & F.3 and Sea Hornet NF.21 kits - ref. 02893, 02894 & 02895 Source: V.P.
  10. Next one! HB kit with TwoBobs decals. 1:48 scale. Enjoy!
  11. After the Hornet F. & F.3 ( ), Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet NF.21 kit - ref.02895. Release is expected for late June 2015. So available in the best hobbyshops in July-August 2015. Source: Box art Source of inspiration Source: V.P.
  12. Having followed John Aero's excellent work on the Hornet on this forum, I was inspired (for better or worse) to exhume my Skybirds'86 1/72 Sea Hornet NF Mk. 21and see what could be done with it. To my surprise (and impressive amounts of putty and sanding) it came out quite well. Until I tackled the canopy. Approximately 30 years of storage had seen the clear parts yellow and become brittle. Despite tender handling, the main canopy cracked while removing excess plastic. It is also slightly opaque. I have searched for aftermarket replacement, to no avail. I have also not been able to source parts from an ex-Frog (which is far from accurate), or a Special Hobby kit (also less than perfect). I suspect that I will have to attempt a 'smash-mould' if the model is to be finished. Can anyone offer suggestions to an easier route to replacement clear parts for this kit? KE
  13. Hi Folks, this time I introduce you my F/A-18C Hasegawa 1/72. I read several reviews of this kit and were all positive, at least the in-box reviews. When I started it was a very promising kit, althought I saw the assembly problems on the fuselage joints and the vertical fins. There was a gap of about 1 mm all along the lower join in one of the wings, the intakes had terrible fit and the quality of the main undercarraige is very poor. I actually don´t mind this too much as long as I can build it with some pleasure, but there was none... When I wet the eagle decals, these cracked in microscopic pieces.... I´ve should choose the Marines version... Anyway, this is the finished model. I used Eduard PE for the canopy and made the intake covers. The HARM missile comes from the Academy F-16C. The pre and post-shading almost went gone when matt varnished. I hope you like it and every critics/comments are welcomed. Best regards. Ignacio from Uruguay
  14. Hey All Keeping with the theme from by CF-14 Tomcat, I present the Revell 1/72 F/A-18F finished as a what-could-be CF-18 Super Hornet Here in Canada there has been a lot of controversy with regards to replacing our thirty plus year old fleet of F/A-18 "Legacy" Hornets. A similar problem faced by many other air forces around the world. With blatant disregard for established procedure, the Government and the Department of Defence announced that Canada would be acquiring the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace the Hornets. This was done without tendering a formal competition, i.e, without doing a little browsing first, they just decided to buy the first thing they saw. In their infinite wisdom, they have since gone back on the decision. For more information I will direct you to check out "Gripen 4 Canada" or "Best Fighter for Canada" Personally, I am in favour of either the Saab Gripen or the Super Hornet. The F-35 is proof of concept of the old saying "Jack of all trades, Master of none" Anyway... on with the model . . . . . What can I say, the Revell /72 Super Hornet is a fantastic little gem. The fit is superb, the panel lines may be a little heavy for some, but I found them just right. The cockpit is a little sparse on detail with most coming from decals, however this didn't bother me as I shut the lid on all my canopies anyway. The only aftermarket additions were a set of True Details resin seats and of course the decals once again being the wonderful Canuck Models product. The weapons are a mixed bag of those from the kit, some from a Hasegawa weapons set, and an Academy F-18. The model was painted with Vallejo Light Ghost Grey Primer as a general primer and as the lighter camouflage colour; the darker colour being Model Master Medium Grey. This particular aircraft is finished with the markings of 433 "Porcupine" Squadron in honour of their recent reactivation. For those of you wondering, I did the twin seater because I've always found that the twin seat cockpit and canopy fill out the long nose of the Hornet and looks more balanced than the single seaters. However, I may yet do one, only time will tell. Thanks for looking Regards, ANS
  15. Hello at all... and welcome to my new big project - and my first project here at! I will do the USS Hornet (CV-8) in 1/200 scale by Merit International. Additionally I will use the big detail set by Tetra Model Works, consisting of lot of photo etched parts, brass parts for the guns and masts, chain and a hose. Furthermore the woode deck from Nautilus Models will be used as well. For the beginning I started with the display for the ship. I drilled two holes in the fuselage for screws which go into the aluminium pipes. The pipes are screwed on a wooden plate which will get some dark wooden color, glossy clear coat as next steps. The two screws in the fuselage of the ship get glued in position and will be used to hold the ship already during the working on it.... The first steps are made..... let's move on with the painting of the display plate ... The first steps on the hull were the portholes. I have opened each one with the small hand drill.... what an ugly work.... but it is done... and much better then before. After the painting I will give each porthole a "glass" made of Mirco Crystal Clear. The display is also painted already.... clear coat still missing on it. Next step... sanding.... sanding .... sanding .... then next parts on the hull .... BR Micha Now lot of photoetched eyebowes on each porthole... funny job... very funny job ... One side done, one side left to go ... ... and the Hornet in it's fully size... my desk is too small ... now the biggest parts on the hull were mounted, the floor of the hangar, the parts for the elevators - all the bigger parts of the hull. Then I have closed some gaps with putty (see the pictures), then later I will sand everything before adding the first photo etched parts to the hull... After the sanding of everything I have started with the first PE parts of the Tetra Model Works Detail-Set. The parts are highest quality, top fitting and an ingredible look. I love the parts already now and makes lot of fun working with it. Good work by Tetra! The PE parts from the Tetra Model set are fantastic. 100% fitting, great details, absolutly wonderful. At the front I have added mostly of the parts now, the missing ones follow after the painting. On the rope drums I have added some rope which will receive painting later. The railing and some other PE parts follow after the painting of the hull. At the rear the 2nd floor received a new brass floor, and also some rope drums as at the front. The next steps are the side walls of the hangar. The biggest part received some new catwalk, ladder and doors... The front part (left side) received new plattforms with rails, doors, and later one long catwalk on the top and several stairways. The upper catwalk and the stairway will be painted separately and mounted later when the big side walls were mounted on the hull. All the hangar gates will stay open so that you could see the inside of the hangar later. That's it for now .... Micha
  16. XMM ( has just released 1/72nd and 1/48th F/A-18EF Super Hornet seamless resin air intakes sets for Hasegawa kits. 1/72 - ref. - F/A-18E/F Super Hornet seamless air intakes (for Hasegawa kit) Source: 1/48 - ref. - F/A-18E/F Super Hornet seamless air intakes (for Hasegawa kit) Source: V.P.
  17. Please let me know asap if anyone wants the latest Trumpeter 1/48 aircraft or 1/700 ship kit releases. We'll be able to give 10-15% discount compared to UK RRP, they are in stock at our suppliers and available for us to order. We have in 1/48 the MiG-21UM and de Havilland Hornet F.1 and in 1//700 the battleship HMS Malaya (1943). Again I need to know asap, as we want to place an order, to hopefully have them in for next week. thanks Mike
  18. Source: My guess: a DH Sea Hornet Mk.21 considering they've already a 1/32nd DH.103 Hornet in their catalogue ( and here V.P.
  19. F/A-18A 162826, formally VFA-195, VX-5 & VX-9. Latterly with the US Navy Blue Angles as Blue 3. Pics taken at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, Texas. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  20. Some nice stuff, the PZ IV looks impressive.
  21. Just brought these three down from the attic for an airing. It was really nice to see them with the sun glinting on the canopies so I thought I would take some shots and post them up. They are all 1/72 with flaps lowered and detail added. VFA-2 F/A-18F is from the Hasegawa kit VFA-211 F/A-18F is Italeri with Print Scale decals VFA-115 F/A-18E is Italeri with Aeromaster decals
  22. F/A-18C Hornet Swiss Air Force 1:48 Revell The F/A-18 Hornet was developed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop from Northrop's YF-17 prototype in the 1970's for use by the US Navy and marine Corps as a carrier capable multirole fighter jet. Northrop's YF-17 was initially a design for the US Air Force and McDonnell Douglas were brought in to make it carrier capable following their success with the F-4 Phantom. In the late 1980's Switzerland after evaluation decided the F/A-18 was the aircraft to equip its Air Force. The aircraft was designed for carrier operations so it was felt a good fit for operations from short runways with steep takeoffs. The aircraft were to be built locally at Emmen. Due mainly to cost implications and some noise abatement problems the Swiss Air Force only works office hours. The Kit On opening the box you are greeted by Monograms old F-18 kit. The fuselage including the wings are split top & bottom with 3 additional parts trees. Construction starts with the cockpit. A basic 4 part NACES ejection seat is constructed and added to the cockpit tub along with an instrument panel, control stick and engine controls. A pilot figure is provided if you wish to use him. Once complete the cockpit is installed in the top fuselage half. The fuselage halves can then be joined together making sure the tail plane parts and the engine parts are installed first. The two tail planes are joined and the instructions indicate glue is not to be used in order that they can move. Following this the nose is added and the intake parts on both sides. Next the vertical tails are added along with an arrestor hook, airbrake, and various antennas. The landing gear and gear doors are then added. Due to the design of the landing gear it does contain quite a few parts and these will need to be carefully assembled to get the aircraft to sit right. Finally the pylons can be added. Sidewinders are supplied for the wing tip rails if you want to use them. However the aircraft regularly fly completely clean or with just a centre line fuel tank. The outer pylons should not be used as these are not correct for Swiss aircraft. Decals The decals are the star of this re-release. The design is by Daco Products of Belgium and they are printed in Italy for Revell. The modeller is given two choices of markings from the Swiss Air Force. It should also be noted that the IFF antenna on the nose, and the ID light on the left nose as used by the Swiss Air Force are not included in the model and will have to be sourced by the modeller. 18 Staffel "Panthers". 17 Staffel "Falcons". Conclusion The kit is fairly old now and this shows in the tooling. However the alternatives can be expensive. This kit is a cost effective way to add a Swiss F/A-18 to your collection, with a little work required. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  23. I started this model in "Hornet STGB" but failed to finish in time Three weeks are hopefully enough to get her finished. This is what I have at the moment:
  24. DeHavilland DH-103 Hornet HpH 1:32 The twin-engine Hornet fighter was designed to Specification F.12/43 and the first prototype flew on 28 July 1944. It entered production at the end of 1944 and deliveries were made to the RAF from February 1945. Four versions were produced for the RAF as: the Hornet F.1 medium-range single-seat fighter with four 20mm cannon and provision for carrying two 450kg bombs or two 455 litre drop tanks; Hornet PR.2 long-range unarmed photographic reconnaissance aircraft; Hornet F.3 long-range single-seat fighter with the increased fuel tankage of the PR.2; and Hornet FR.4 with a vertically mounted camera. More than 200 were built. The Hornet was the fastest twin piston-engined operational combat aircraft in the world while in service and the first aircraft to demonstrate a cartwheel manoeuvre. Operated in Malaya in the early 1950s, the type was finally withdrawn from service in 1955. The Model With the disappointing news of the withdrawal of the 1:32 Westland Whirlwind fighter from their prospective new releases HpH came back with stunning news that they were to release the beautiful DeHavilland DH 103 Hornet instead. Still in 1:32, this news was greeted with great enthusiasm by the modelling world. The kit was rand eleased just before SMW at Telford, even though it is quite an expensive kit, from what I could see it was being snapped up. We at BM are lucky enough to have to opportunity to review one of my all time favourite aircraft, even if it is RAF colours. The kit comes in a very sturdy cardboard box, on top of which are two side views of the two colours schemes provided within the box. On opening the divided interior is full of grey resin, either separate, as per the larger parts or in poly bags for the numerous smaller bits. There are also three sheets of what look like etched nickel, a set of fabric seatbelts, paint masks and quite a large sheet of decals. The instructions are provided on a CD which when printed out are in full colour and very nicely laid out. The diagrams and parts placement are very clear and easy to read, which is a good job really, as there are a lot of parts in this kit. Before building there is a lot of cleaning up to be done. Not only is each part attached to a casting block, but there are large areas of the wings, such as flap and aileron positions, filled in with thin resin, as is the cockpit opening, and wing openings in the fuselage. A large number of the smaller parts are moulded on thin resin sheets from which they need to be cut out. Other than that there is no real excess flash and the moulding does look very nice indeed, with fine panel lines and rivets where required. There has been quite a bit of web chatter about the dimensions of the kit and it is generally agreed that the kit is very nearly spot, being within 0.5mm of what it should be, which, given the variable shrink rates of resin is about as good as it can get. The one fly in the ointment is the nose join with the windscreen and canopy. Even in the box the nose does look ever so slightly screwy and there does appear to be a slight discrepancy in the shape of the nose fairing where it joins the windscreen frame. This is quite an awkward fix, but it can be done as shown in a build thread on BM. That being said, I think if the kit is built out of the box with no alterations it will still look fantastic and impress anyone who views it. This kit will be the subject of a build review on here as soon as I get some time in-between other duties on BM and life in general. Once all the parts have been removed from their moulding blocks and the superfluous resin removed from the wings and fuselage, and had a good wash in warm soapy water you can start construction. The build begins with the wings and the fitting of the front and rear radiator faces, carburetor intake doors, which can be fitted in either the open or closed position depending on the whether the aircraft is flying or on the ground. The front and rear spars are then attached and wings closed up and finished off with the fitting of the clear navigation light lenses. The lower wing roots are then joined together along with the front spars, creating a single piece wing. Before the fuselage is closed up the tail wheel assembly is constructed put of the bay roof, front bulkhead, tailwheel and oleo which is fitted to the forward roof part. The completed assembly is then fitted in position in the right hand fuselage. The two fuselage halves are then glued together and the wing passed through the openings at an angle to slide through the fuselage, then straightened up and glued in position. Construction of the superbly detailed cockpit starts off with the starboard side panel and the fitting of the numerous handles, brackets, trim wheels, switch panel and its separate switches. The port panel is then assembled with the addition of switches, canopy handle and placard. The side consoles are also assembled with resin consoles, PE panels and additional switches. The main instrument panels are also in resin with the with the pre-painted PE instruments fitted to the back. The complex seat brackets are next, attached to the rear bulkhead then fitted with the four seat supports onto which the seat with its separate bag pad, PE seat adjustment handle bracket and resin handle attached. The assembly is completed using the fiddly, but very worthwhile cloth seat belts with their PE fittings. The cockpit floor is the fitted out with several PE items and the rear cockpit bulkhead is attached to the floor. Before the cockpit floor and bulkhead can be fitted into the fuselage the rear cockpit shelf needs to be slid into position. On this shelf there are two resin boxes with their associated PE tops and fittings and the oxygen bottle. With the shelf in position the cockpit floor is then slid into the nose of the fuselage and glued into place. The port and starboard cockpit panels are then attached followed by the side consoles. The rudder pedals and control column/joystick are then assembled and glued into place followed by the instrument panel and centre console, cockpit coaming and a beautifully detailed gunsight made of resin and etched parts along with a clear reflector glass, which is then attached to the top of the instrument panel. Finally the seat and bulkhead assembly is fitted to the attachment points on the cockpits rear bulkhead. At this point the instructions call for the windscreen and canopy to be fitted, but it’s probably best to leave this till a later stage, although there is a set of masks for hte windscreen and canopy should you wish to added them at this stage. Construction then turns to the rear empennage which consists of the two horizontal tail planes, separate elevators and trim tab linkages, along with the tailplane and separate rudder and again an etched trim tab linkage. The rudder and elevators require short lengths of wire to attach them to their respective parts. Wire is also required to attach the horizontal tailplanes to the fuselage with short lengths fitted to the rear of the join and a long length which passes through the fuselage onto which the tailplanes are fitted. With the airframe almost complete the build moves on to the engine nacelles. Each half of the nacelle is fitted with the exhaust stubs, from the inside, the main wheel bay forward bulkhead is then attached and the nacelles closed up. The two propellers consist of the four blades, propeller spinner, and two metal tubes which connect the propeller to the hub. The completed propellers are then fitted to their respective engines and the completed nacelles are attached to the wings, along with the radiator flaps, intakes grilles and the internal ribs for each flap bay and the pitot probe, although this could be left till later to prevent breaking the thing off. The main undercarriage legs are then assembled, each consisting of the main oleo, scissor link, support arm, and when fitted to their respective bays the retraction jacks are attached. The main wheels are made up of the wheel with separate inner and outer hubs and are then attached to the axles of each oleo. To finish off the bays the doors are fitted with their retraction jacks and attached to their respective positions on the nacelles. Each of the inner and outer flaps are assembled using the outer skins, inner hinges and a length of wire. If keeping to the instruction sequence the next operation is the construction of the weapons and drop tanks each of which can be fitted as per the modellers preferences. The 500lb bombs consist of the main body, separate tail and PE tail ring and are attached to the mounting pylon by PE crutch plates and crutches. The rockets are made up form a metal tube, turned metal head, PE tail fins, PE mounting clamps, mountings and supports. The drop tanks consist of the large resin moulding, onto which two etched rings are fitted to the top and side of the nose. They are then attached to their pylons ready for attachment to the wing. Also in this instruction sequence is the attachment of the trim tab linkage to each of the ailerons. The flaps, choice of weapons and ailerons are fitted to their respective positions on each wing. Decals The moderately large decal sheet contains markings for two aircraft, along with enough stencils for one. The options are:- • DH 103 Hornet F.3 of 33 Sqn RAF, Tenga and Butterworth, Malaya, 1951 – 1952 in Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey. • DH 103 Hornet F.Mk1 of the Commanding Officer 19 Sqn RAF, Church Fenton, Yorkshire, U.K. July 1950 in Medium Sea Grey over PRU Azure Blue The decals are very nicely printed, in good register and nicely opaque, they are semi-gloss and with little carrier film so they should settle down well with the modellers choice of softener and setting solutions. Conclusion It has been a long time coming and even then it came as a bit of a surprise, but it’s been well worth the wait. The nose and canopy problem will probably defeat all but the best or most fastidious of modellers who will be able to rectify this, but out of the box I imagine that most people looking at a completed model won’t be able to notice. Being mixed media though it will pose some challenges to those who haven’t built in resin and the like before, but if taken steadily and carefully, a superb model can be built. If you love the Hornet you shouldn’t be too disappointed with this release and it will look great in anyones collection. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of