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Here is my last finished kit in 2022 - 1:48 McDD F/A-18A+ Hornet no. C.15-85, Spanish Air Force, ALA 46, Gando Air Base, Gran Canaria. Kinetic kit, this time almost completely out of the box (except Quickboost ejection seat and Eduard AIM-9JULIs). Maybe the standard Spanish AF Hornet`s livery is not very interesting, but this kit is my tribute to all Hornets from Gando AB, whose service is slowly coming to an end. Their presence (and noise) has always made all my stays in the Canary Islands more pleasant. Thanks for watching!
Hasegawa F/A-18A Adversary COMPLETED 03/04/2022
Evil_Toast_RSA posted a topic in F/A-18 STGB Part 2Here's my entry, an old school legacy Hornet from 20 odd years ago. Will be giving the box art machine a bash. Going to use the mixes suggested in the instructions, but I found the FS numbers (I think) during some online browsing for anyone curious (from light to dark): FS 30279 FS 30219 FS 30140 Box contents. Not worked with white metal in years! A small PE fret is included for the instrument panel, HUD, wheel bay wiring and ladder I think. I do have an Eduard masking sheet on its way to me, due sometime before the universe suffers heat death. My Hasegawa weapon sets will be here sooner, the kit only includes drop tanks. Hasegawa ...
For my entry in the GB I am going to be building the recent Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18A/B/CF-188 as a Spanish Air Force example, but not in the usual grey scheme (even though some of these get spectacularly dirty and weathered) but rather as one of several ex US Navy aircraft that were sold to Spain after they were retired from VFA-127 (Cylons) where they were used in the adversary role. As adversary aircraft they had been painted in a disruptive desert type camo scheme of sand and brown and they were delivered to Spain still wearing this scheme, they were re-painted when they went through scheduled maintenance later in service but looked very good in their adversary scheme with touched up areas where the US Navy markings were over painted and with the colourful Spanish roundels applied. So onto the kit. This is the boxing that I shall be using; Lots of plastic bags full of sprues; And a very nice, large and comprehensive decals sheet; Enough codes there to build any Spanish Hornet, happy days! Though as I will be doing an ex adversary the warnings and stencils need to be in the original adversary colours so I have bought a set of decals from Hi Decal which has one of those as an option on it to take care of that issue. The model should like the aircraft shown on these images of the scheme on the instruction sheets from a decal set by Series Espanolas which also do a dedicated set for these aircraft; Now having finished my Draken a couple of weeks ago I decided to make a start on this but keeping it below the 25% margin, fortunately there is quite a bit that can be done before you are in danger of breaching this limit and ( surprise,surprise) I started with the cockpit. The cockpit tub and IP come with nice raised details for switches etc which I thought would look good with some detail painting and drybrushing rather than removing it all and replacing with 3D decals so that is what I did and this is what the cockpit tub looks like now with the Joystick and pedals fitted; The IP got the same treatment, now Kinetic supply decals for the screens which represent the MFD's if they were powered up which is not appropriate to an aircraft parked on the tarmac without someone sat in it running through checklists so they were painted instead and the decals for the instruments are way too big to fit into the recesses on the IP so they just got a basic paint job too. This is how the IP looks; I have also built up the undercarriage legs; And painted the main undercarriage bays; Now while this is a modern kit I have to say I am not impressed by the amount and location of some ejector pin holes on some parts, the undercarriage legs being particularly bad, and the sprue gates which are really big in places and on the mating faces of the parts too. The instructions are pretty bad too, being very vague about how some parts fit together and on where to drill holes for parts to fit and also being just plain wrong with the part numbers they tell you to fit, there are at least 2 parts which the instructions call A6 which are completely different! Having built a Kinetic kit before (Harrier T.10) this is not the first time I have come across this issue but there really is no excuse for it at all, might be an idea to have someone proof read them first or even to try and build a model using them, shock horror!! Anyway lots more to do so thanks for looking in and hopefully it won't be much longer before there is another update. Craig.
The Worimi hornet is complete. This model represents A21-23 that was dressed in Worimi group traditional artwork and colours to celebrate the service of indigenous people within the Australian Defence Force during 2016. The aircraft is adorned with the name of Warrant Officer Len Waters who was Australia's first known indigenous pilot who flew during the World War Two campaign. The excellent decals are by Ronin Graphics Australia and I can't speak highly enough for them. Although thin and delicate to handle, they were quite robust even with Mr Mark Softer setting solution. The kit is the vanilla version of the 1/72 Academy F/A-18A+ 'Red Devils'. It's probably the best kit in this scale to representative a RAAF machine. Big thanks to Bruce Anders for the decals and friend Paul for coming to town with the kit. Paints are all Gunze with AK weathering products and oils used for the final touches. Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed building it. Cheers, Mick
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Pin posted a topic in F/A-18 Hornet Single Type Group Build1:72 Fujimi F/A-18A, Model Alliance decals for 20th anniversary of RAAF hornet service scheme, some Aires and Eduard stuff Let's get started!
1/72 RAAF F/A-18A Hornet
Romeo Alpha Yankee posted a topic in Ready for Inspection - AircraftJust finished this one over the weekend litterally for the ACTSMS Blitz Build. It is the old Hasegawa kit build more or less OOB. I only added the LEX fences. Decals are from a PD sheet. The kit decals were useless so I have to add a few more like slime lights, etc. I also found that the PD data stencils were all printed the light grey of the paint scheme so any placed on the lower fuselage disappeared into the paintwork. The scheme is for the 77SQN 50th Anniversary in 1992. Here are the finished pictures