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  1. Hi all. I stumbled across these today in an ongoing search to secure the appropriate decals for my post-Christmas build of an F/A-18F in 1/48. Plan is to do Phoenix and Bob's jet sitting on the carrier deck. Of course, having the right markings would be great, especially for canopy names and in particular, helmet markings. When I saw these I thought I'd hit the jackpot. Then I realised they're only doing them in 1/72 and 1/144, but not 1/48 for some bizarre reason Does anyone with better knowledge know if there's an intent to do 1/48 decals from the movie for the regular Hornets by this manufacturer or others, not just the instructor one? I keep seeing Fightertown decals mentioned but that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and if they're the same sets as previously released then I think they're incorrect based on the preview images. They're pretty spartan jets so the numbers can likely be sourced without issue, but having those names and helmet decals would be perfect to get it right. Gaz
  2. Next DB Model Kits (DBMK) projects after the 1/48th Supermarine Scimitar (link) are 1/32nd de Havilland DH.103 Hornet & Sea Hornet kits! These kits are based off factory drawings using a CAD model developed by Arthur L. Bentley. It will be mixed media kits including IM, PE, Resin and 3-D printed parts. Firsts 3D renders V.P.
  3. Hi all. It's been a slow year at Casa de Crosby but a second build has crawled it's way over the line. The kit is the quite nice 1/72 Academy F/A-18D converted to an Aussie B. In order to get to the B version that we flew, a few lumps and bumps need to be removed from the plastic as well as a few omissions in the way of the ECM blister behind the canopy and the cheeks of the nose. Aussie machines also had the catapult launch bar replaced with a square piece of steel bar similar in weight to the original launch bar. They did operate without the launch bar for some time however shimmy problems of the nose gear required the installation of the bar to negate this problem. Another item that needs to be addressed for RAAF machines is the tail stiffener on the left side of each of the fins. The Kinetic kit comes with the stiffeners as etch items so I scanned then traced them in Affinity Studio, scaled them down to 1/72 and then cut them in vinyl. A bit of Mr Surfacer of the top and they blend in well. The reinforcing cleats at base on the inside of the fins are also needed however as this kit was a D version they weren't supplied. If you've the A/A+ boxing you'll be in luck as they are included. I made mine from some plastic card cut to appropriate size and shape. The decals are from Ronin Graphics here in Australia. They are very thin and the colour density is excellent but they are quite fragile if not handled correctly. I managed to fold a section of the tiger decals on itself so had to order a second set...doh. Anyone want a 95% complete set of this scheme in 72nd? A colour chip of the orange is also provided with the decals so some paint alchemy, 30 minutes and lots of test spraying and I think I nailed the colour. There are many photos of this jet showing how worn out the grey scheme was at the end of its service life. A good example are the stabs. The left and right side are inter-changeable and this can be seen in the photos with the lighter colour of the underside appearing on the top side indicating they had been swapped out. I could spend hours on the weathering of the airframe but I'm happy with where I've got it to. Perhaps if it was 48th I'd spend a lot more time on it. Enough words, onto the pics. Hope you like! Mick The sticker is courtesy of a local chap in my home town who does a heap of cool retro style ADF stickers. The badge is also the official number of total hours that RAAF Hornets flew during their years of service. Bancroft (the workshop mascot) has lined up for the first ride.
  4. Next Kotare Models (link) kit project may be a 1/32nd de Havilland DH.103 Hornet or/and Sea Hornet. Source: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/a-bit-of-a-surprise-from-tuesday-s-ipms-meeting-he-t531675.html V.P.
  5. F-18E/F Hornet Control Surfaces Set (7477 for Academy Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby This set allows all the wing control surfaces and the rudders to be positioned as the modeller wants. These jets are often seen on carrier decks with everything extended. All of the kit control surfaces will need to be cut off to use these. This set arrives in CMKs normal plastic/card box. The parts require minimal clean up from the casting blocks all on the edges that attach to the airframe, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your kit Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. 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.
  7. Hello, Here's my just finished 1/48 Kinetic F/A-18C Hornet, done as a VFA-81 jet from the 1991 Gulf War. I was originally going to build this for the DS GB here on BM, but I never really took in progress pics of it. Oh well... The kit is not the easiest to work with, especially around the nose and intakes, but I've learned from it, so a future build might be easier to put together. Other things used were a Walleye and data link pod from Astra Resin, a pilot figure from PJ Productions, and a laser spot tracker pod from the Hobbyboss Hornet kit. Painted with Mr Color mostly, and a VMS flat coat, which I really like. And the real one during ODS: Thanks for looking, I hope you like it. Pete
  8. I am currently building a lovely Cf-18. I like my aircraft to carry a lot of bombs and missiles, but i am unsure about what canadian horners can/do carry... bomb loadouts would be preferred. Thank you in advance
  9. F/A-18C Exterior Set (MD4844 for Hobby Boss) 1:48 Metallic Details The origins of the Hobby Boss Legacy Hornet line of kits date back to 2007, with a few reboxings in various schemes, including the RAAF airframe we reviewed some years ago. Like all kits it could do with some upgrading, which is why Metallic Details have created this new exterior set for us the modellers. It arrives in the by now familiar resealable clear foil bag with card backing, and the two Photo-Etch (PE) frets taped to the card so they don’t rattle round and get damaged. Behind the card are the instructions, folded neatly in half. Construction begins with the vents either side of the cockpit spine, which have the chunky inner section removed to be replaced by the new covers that glue straight into place from inside. Then chaff & flare boxes are added to the underside along with a large vent on the centreline and raised oval lips to two depressions forward of the main gear bays. Inside the short oval air-intakes a new engine front is provided, and the splitter plates are skinned with new highly detailed parts, taking care with their orientation as per the scrap diagram provided. The rear faces of the engines are augmented by adding two rings to the kit part, building up the detail of the afterburner ring, then rolling up a new internal trunking skin to fit inside the exhausts, all of which is duplicated with the other engine. A stiffening web for the inside of the central airbrake are stuck to the inside of the part, made from four pieces in total and a little folding required to get it all looking good. Slime lights are included for the tails and nose, then a pair of detailed insert panels are fitted on each side of the fuselage under the tail, along with another pair of slime lights and panels, plus tiny detail parts for the strengthening plates at the base of the tails, and a small intake near the top. On the inboard face of the tail, there are three more strengthening plates added to the existing parts, this time folded to an L-shape to match the contours of their location. Under the nose two areas should either be removed or scraped thinner to accept the insert panels that improve detail immensely in those locations, with the results being well worth the effort. You have a choice of two types for each of the two panels, which should be contoured to follow the curve of the nose. This same technique is used on the shoulders of the wings to insert another panel that has two circular(ish) vents of two optional styles added, another appliqué panel just forward of the vents, and the kit strake next to them is adjusted to allow the fitting of a base-plate from PE. A panel is added under the starboard LERX, and a set of bird-slicers for the nose if they were fitted on your decal choice. Conclusion A lovely set that adds some crisp detail to the standard kit, and we can’t wait to see the interior set they have for it. You can see lots of pictures of the parts in situ on an unpainted model by following the link below. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. In 2020 Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to rebox the 1/72nd Italeri MCDD F/A18 Hornet kits. Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010228-kpaz-central-discussion-questions-answers/&do=findComment&comment=3565762 - ref. KPM0163 - McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A/C Hornet - ref. KPM0164 - McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet Box art V.P.
  11. Hi all, Does anybody have any experience with this old kit? Has it been re-packaged under another brand, perhaps more recently? I picked it up for about £8 on ebay a couple of months ago, and the detailing is quite poor so I'm looking into buying some aftermarket improvements for it. Thanks in advance
  12. This is my 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18 depicting one of VFC-12's well known splinter jets. My first and probably only build for the year.. I used Furball decals, an AIM-9 from a Kinetic kit, the seeker head cover was made with a cotton bud and some plasticard and the AN/ALQ-167 is from Wolfpack, generously donated by @Stephen - once again, thank you! The seat is from the kit, made a bit busier by adding belts made from foil off a wine bottle. Paints used were Tamiya and Mr.Hobby Aqueous for the main scheme and Mr.Hobby buffables for the metalwork. Weathering is a mix of oils and make up (matt eye shadow from the high street). Overall an enjoyable build, though I had to rescribe the kit due to shallow panel lines. A product of the kits age perhaps. It didn't give me much hassle beyond that so I'll forgive it.. I hope you enjoy the pics - comments and constructive crits welcome as always. Thanks for stopping by!
  13. This is a 1/72 Hasegawa Hornet TF-18A that I picked up pretty cheap on ebay. Not too impressed with the general lack of detail and moulding but I think it is an older kit maybe? The kit decals looked like they have been soaked and left to dry, so were cracked and pretty unusable in the main. I managed to rescue the tail codes luckily and had a spare set from a Revell Super Hornet thankfully that made up the rest. Paint is Mig Ammo and the base is yet again a sheet of 2500 grade wet n dry paper mounted on beech block (Kitchen drawer front!), painted to resemble a carrier deck (if you squint slightly and close one eye!). Apologies to Coastal Kits for copying their carrier deck design All comments welcome
  14. Hobby Boss is to re-release in late September 2018 its Hornet kit as 1/48th McDD F/A-18C Hornet RAAF kit - ref. 85809 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=119&l=en V.P.
  15. This is an older figure pulled from my stash and painted last weekend. Uncharacteristically for Hornet this one had quite a bit of pitting in the the metal casting (particularly over the trousers) but that didn't take long to address and it didn't detract from the appeal or the quality of the bare figure. I replaced the kit's metal PPSh with a plastic one from Miniart as the latter was rather more crisply defined - even if it is about 1mm longer overall. The sling is made from paper, and getting it made and attached to appear as though it is bearing the weight of the gun pushed me to my limit - I feel I've got better things to be bothering with at this stage in my life! Everything painted with Vallejo acrylics. For the life of me I still can't take photographs that please me.....
  16. While shifting some piles of kits yesterday, I noticed that Hornet which I „inherited“ some years ago and never had a closer look into. Looking at the sprues, it’s neither their legacy tool nor the Monogram (though Scalemates claims the latter). It is a recessed (softish) panels kit, the surfaces looking „lifeless“ . As the box says Made in Korea, the moulds were likely made by Ace; however, that would in all probability mean a copy. Most if not all of the Ace kits boxed by Revell around that time were „inspired“ by Hasegawa, so how about that Hornet? I admit not having tested if google is my friend on this one...
  17. Hello Folks, This is the quite old Hasegawa kit but still a good one. I added an Aires cockpit, Tamiya Sidewinder and Hi Decals product. The flaps were simply cut from the wings and the forward flap part made in plastic card. The ladder is from scratch too. Hope you like it. Cheers
  18. Hiller YH-32 Hornet (48005) 1/48 AMP via Mikromir Hiller Aircraft was one of the early pioneers of rotary winged or Helicopter aviation in the US. The company was formed in 1942 to develop the Hiller XH-44 for the US Army. The company would be renamed Hiller Helicopters in 1948. The YH-32 was an attempt to produce an ultra light helicopter and as such was to do away with a conventional engine. Hiller's solution was to mount two ramjet engines on the tip of the rotor blades. Another benefit from this design was that there was no need for a tail rotor and its associated equipment thus saving weight. However in practice the design had a few flaws. The rotor have to be subsonic and ramjets do not work well at these speeds. This resulted in poor performance, high fuel usage, and a poor range. The ram jets were also very noisy, and importantly for military operations were very visible at night. Versions were produced for the US Army and Navy but did not progress past the prototype stage. It is good to see companies bringing us kits outside of the main stream and the YH-32 certainly qualifies for this. Despite being 1.48 the kit is diminutive as was the real thing. The kit arrives on two sprues of plastic, a clear spure, with a sheet of PE and a set of masks. Construction starts f with the cabin. The main base is made up from mainly plastic parts, There are a couple of PE parts including the pedals and the seat frame. The seats follow with PE belts. The base is then added to the skids after they are made up. The rear body and tail assembly is then made up and fitted to the base. The large clear bubble is added along with a wire part which the modeller has to make, there as a template for this on the instructions. Finally the rotor assembly with the tip mounted ramjets is made up ad added on top. Decals A small decal sheet provides marking for 2 US Army & ! US Navy machines. Conclusion This is something which we never thought would be produced in kit form, it is one of those oddities from early Helicopter innovations that never took off (if you can excuse the pun), the kit is welcome addition to early Helicopters from AMP. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. AMP is to release a 1/48th Hiller YH-32 Hornet kit - ref. 48005 Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1711065055637890/?type=3&theater V.P.
  20. Having entered service just too late for WW2, the Hornet featured a similar wooden construction to the Mosquito, and served predominantly with the RAF in the Far East. It saw service during the Malayan campaign, flying with 33, 45, 64 and 80 squadrons, before being withdrawn and retired in 1956. As well as the Far East, the Hornet also equipped three squadrons in the UK, numbers 19, 41 and 65 sqns at Church Fenton, flying firstly in the long range fighter role then converting to ground attack as more Meteors became available. No. 19 sqn operated Hornets from October 1946 until January 1951. The Novo kit is basic but as far as I'm aware still the only 1/72 Hornet available? This one was built oob, except for a tiny bit of scratch building of the pilot's front console and having to source spare decals and serial numbers as the kit ones dissolved and were completely unusable. Although it's called finished, I'm still looking for the 19 sqn tailfin markings and the square marking on the left side of the fuselage behind the 'QV' code.
  21. With your indulgence...another 'golden oldie' dredged up from old Photobucket files. This is the simplified 'easy build' Hobby Boss F/A-18A Hornet, from the 'Blue Angels' boxing...dressed up with the excellent Leading Edge Canadian Hornet 2006 Demo markings. I spruced-up the very basic kit with added LEX fences on the wing roots, and a tail hook and assorted sensors and antennae from rod & strip stock. As a Canadian bird of that era, it also needed the characteristic nose-mounted searchlight, so I drilled a shallow hole and added a disc from clear acetate. The featureless interior tub needed the most help. I reduced a color internet photo of a Hornet instrument panel to size, printed several copies and used them as “layers” to make a semi-relief panel, attaching it in place with craft glue. Bits of styrene worked for seat features, and painted tissue for harnesses and chute pack. Another bit of clear acetate made up the the HUD. The kit came with three drop tanks and pylons...as well as some additional weapons pylons and racks...but no ordnance whatsoever. Since in my mind a Hornet looks 'nekkid' without something on the wingtip rails, I snagged a pair of Sidewinders from an old Testors F-5E, and painted them as inert practice rounds. A nice bit of color for ordinarily-drab grey birds.
  22. Hello, This is the Academy F/A-18A+ converted into a spanish EF-18A (Modernized). The only after-market part is the decals. The kit is really very good, better than the old Hasegawa. The camouflage is a bit odd, definitely not the regular Spanish Air force one, probably applied during a maintenance work. Cheers
  23. 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
  24. 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 ''
  25. 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
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