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  1. AMP is to release a 1/48th Hiller YH-32 Hornet kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1711065055637890/?type=3&theater V.P.
  2. Started building the Cockpit. I used Quickboost seats cause of the great details they provide. Aires aftermarket cockpit would be a great choice, but I didn´t manage to get one. The Hobby Boss details ar not that bad, so I used the kits office..... A few weeks later the Hornet was done. I had some fit issues and in my opinion it is not a beginners kit. I used Revell Aqua Color for painting. For the red outlines on the landing gear doors I use a red Edding pen. Well... worked nice but I will use brush and paint the next time. The weathering was also done with colored pencils. Worked very nice and I will use them again. Thanks for watching. Pete
  3. Hey Guys hope you like my last few finished models. Academy 1/72 F/A-18C OTB I built the old Revel 1/48 one as a kid and thought it looked cool! STILL DOES Hobby Boss 1/72 SH-60F OTB Built this one over two days a stress relief build. There are a few issues here and there and i didn't spend anytime on making the under fuselage seam look pretty as I very rarely display my models up-side down. Academy 1/72 F/A-18E OTB Interesting kit, a snap together kit with nice decals. Academy 1/72 F/A-18C OTB My first CAG bird. It came out a little darker than i wanted but still plenty bright ''
  4. Torpedo!

    Me two torpedo carrying insects are finally here! First, the Mosquito FB6 The RAF wanted a variant of the Mosquito capable of carrying a torpedo in the interim before the Brigand came into service, despite the Mosquito having less range. As it happened, the war ended and so did the requirement. The Brigands entered service but then the RAF got out of the maritime strike game and they all got rebuilt as bombers. Hasegawa Mosquito FB6 that was gifted to me as a complete build. I removed the nose guns and replaced them with an ASH radar nose and then sprayed her as a Banff strike wing aircraft. The torpedo came from the new tool Airfix Beaufighter - originally I was going to use a Hasegawa one from their Beau - and the large 200 gal underwing tanks are from Paragon. They don't fit particularly well given that they are intended for the Tamiya Mosquito which is a far superior kit to the Hasegawa one. The latter's wing leading edge seems too thick and blunt, amongst other shortcomings. The MBT decal (Kits at War Mosquito/Beaufighter set) is two part and didn't settle well, hence some silvering. It's been sitting on The Shelf of DOOM!!! for a good six years, decalled and varnished, gathering dust and largely getting in the way, so it was high time I got it done and out of the way. And now, a relative of a more whiffy kind. The Sea Hornet TF23, 809 Sqn, HMS Eagle, circa 1949. Skybirds 86 Hornet F3 kit, again with an Airfix torpedo and Magna underwing tanks. This had come originally with no white metal and cost me a fiver. It actually DID have white metal in with the kit. For a Brigand... Again, this had been sitting on The Shelf of DOOM!!! for a similar length of time, but had only progressed as far as primer. Out with the Xtracrylics, quick spray and we're good to go. Only real bugbears were the u/c doors which didn't want to fit properly unless the front actuators were removed and the canopy, which needed a quick trim along the starboard base and then it was an almost perfect fit, apart from a little gap under the front shield. Decals are a mixture of Airfix roundels and Skybirds Sea Hornet NF21 codes - I just used a spare set. No tail code as 809's NF21's on Eagle didn't have them - checked the photos! Went with black spinners to be awkwards and added the sharkmouth for colour, nicked from a spare set of Eduard Spitfire VIII decals. Well happy with the latter, the former less so but relieved to have another two finished and out of the way. Not a torpedo fighter, but maritime strike related, is this Buckmaster T.1, which is a work in progress. Magna kit, similar build vintage as the first two. Needs the canopy framing redone, due to issues with the masking coming off. The real issue that's held it up is the u/c, which is a relative nightmare to assemble and the kit wheels are best described as buttons carved by a blind man from soap. I did assembled and cast a set of Valom Brigand wheels, but these are way too thin as Christer has found during his Brigand build. I may just nick another set from a Valom kit and widen them with some plastic card. Watch this space... Photos: Rob Sullivan
  5. Frog F3 HORNET

    The old Frog F-3 Hornet kit sprayed in alclad and re-etched.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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: http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/revell-neuheiten-2016/2016/ V.P.
  13. Next one! HB kit with TwoBobs decals. 1:48 scale. Enjoy!
  14. 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
  15. 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" http://gripen4canada.blogspot.ca/ bestfighter4canada.blogspot.ca 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
  16. 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
  17. After the Hornet F. & F.3 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953190-148-dh103-hornet-f13-sea-hornet-nf21-by-trumpeter-f1-released-f3-nf21-box-arts/?p=1510384 ), 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: http://new2.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=46&l=en Box art Source of inspiration Source: http://aviadejavu.ru/Images6/AE/AE03-5/13-1.jpg V.P.
  18. XMM (http://xmold-modeling.com/) 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: http://xmold-modeling.com/products-page/scale1-72/172-fa-18ef-super-hornet-seamless-air-intakes-for-hasegawa-kit/ 1/48 - ref. - F/A-18E/F Super Hornet seamless air intakes (for Hasegawa kit) Source: http://xmold-modeling.com/products-page/scale1-48/148-f-18ef-super-hornet-seamless-air-intakes-for-hasegawa-kit/ V.P.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Some nice stuff, the PZ IV looks impressive. https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.365946200230646/365945470230719/?type=1&theater
  22. Source: http://www.hphmodels.cz/index.php/en/news/item/349-a-puzzle-no-2 My guess: a DH Sea Hornet Mk.21 considering they've already a 1/32nd DH.103 Hornet in their catalogue (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951265-dehavilland-dh-103-hornet-132-hph/ and here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234912212-132-de-havilland-dh103-hornet-by-hph-released/) V.P.
  23. Hello at all... and welcome to my new big project - and my first project here at britmodeller.com! 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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