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F-18A RAAF (Italeri 1/72)


basaez.bruno
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Hello everyone, this will be the second plane this year (the previous one was another f-18!), now I'm making an early F-18A from the Royal Australian Air force or RAAF. The plane itself it's the second nearest fighter in the photo, or the A21-9 (photo from the web, doesnt belong to me):

 

48743713053_7993721519_h.jpg3b554d649ffbc2398868203b1f21555f by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

This is the boxart:

 

2hgjgPqhttps://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48743713498_55d02fdf4d_h.jpg]IMG_20190915_135450 by basco.br1, en Flickrg][/url]IMG_20190915_135422 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48744047686_2d55b09111_h.jpgIMG_20190915_135504 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

This is the decals sheet, for 5 liveries! 2x Australians, 1x Canadian, 1x US Navy, 1x Spanish

 

48744224787_13b3d6c5d9_h.jpgIMG_20190915_135518 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

I already started painting the landing gear bays white

48743714683_fcf2de3953_h.jpgIMG_20190916_113527 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Also I added 3 screens on the instrument panel

 

48744048776_66c292ef54_h.jpgIMG_20190916_113554 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48744225972_f28a3d2fb3_h.jpgIMG_20190916_121501 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Not perfect but i think it does the job, Now I need your help because I want to add a pilot, but not sure if they use white or gray helmet, or if they use a tan or olive green uniform, hope someone know that :(

 

It's not too much but i will update this soon, I'm using this week because in Chile we are near the independence day, so I'm in a kinda vacations

See ya!

 

Bruno.-

 

 

 

 

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Hi Bruno,

 

Nice work and great subject, nice to see a RAAF 3SQN Hornet build.

 

On you question on the pilots gear, At the time of this photo, the pilots would have worn green flying suits and light grey helmets. I was based at Williamtown at the time 3SQN had updated there aircraft to the Hornet. I was still working on Mirages at the time though.

 

Similar to this 🙂 (this is me after a Mirage flight in 1987)

 

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Some updates:

Main fuselage and wings glued together

48751705871_c8114716cf_h.jpgIMG_20190917_125733 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48751383043_40495ac39b_h.jpgIMG_20190917_000129 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

I found in my spares box a pilot that fits in the cockpit

48751384473_bc9dafd21d_h.jpgIMG_20190917_130003 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

48751901682_c24ff7ba81_h.jpgIMG_20190917_134317 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Filling the gaps with putty

48751707741_f0d40f7eb8_h.jpgIMG_20190917_141420 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48751901467_e3a5c00ee2_h.jpgIMG_20190917_141434 by basco.br1, en Flickr

Tomorrow I'll sand the plane and will add the primer!

 

See you soon

Bruno.-

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With styrene I added the wingtips slime lights

48755961686_379e24395b_h.jpgIMG_20190917_161559 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

48756158222_c473e4a216_h.jpgIMG_20190917_161550 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48755962056_5279f9a624_h.jpgIMG_20190918_105935 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Here it is with a first coat of ligh ghost gray (handbrushed)

48756158692_2eeeaf00e5_h.jpgIMG_20190918_162826 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Next I'll paint the dark ghost gray part and then the clesr coat for the decals!

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Good progress these Bruno, I'm keen to do one of these too sometime, I saw a 3 sqn machine perform at an airshow here in New Zealand in 1987 & was hugely impressed at it, the one & only time I've ever seen a Hornet in the flesh, mine was A21-11, not too far different from yours. :)

Steve.

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That has come along very quickly Bruno, paint looks good!

35 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

Good progress these Bruno, I'm keen to do one of these too sometime, I saw a 3 sqn machine perform at an airshow here in New Zealand in 1987 & was hugely impressed at it, the one & only time I've ever seen a Hornet in the flesh, mine was A21-11, not too far different from yours. :)

Steve.

Most likely one of these in the background of this poor quality Mirage shot Steve. This was taken at Ohakea that year. I am standing on the back of the 4th Mirage our Squadron took over for the airshows that year.

 

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OK, the Harewood show was one of the first in the 'season', we arrived for the Ohakea show and then went up to Whenuapia. I got to watch the whole airshow 9 times (including practices). It was a good 2 weeks in you fare land!

 

Yes, Hawkeye has a lot of Hornet sheets for the early schemes.

 

Sorry for the thread hijack Bruno, looking forward to your next update :D

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Hello again! 

I've painted the dark ghost gray area at the top, also the radome and the exhausts:

48765491117_c76bf67d9c_h.jpgIMG_20190919_200833 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

And early today I clear coated the plane 

48764965728_4ef9303760_h.jpgIMG_20190920_131048 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48764964948_cbd5eebd0d_h.jpgIMG_20190920_131021 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

If the clear barnish is ready tonight, I'll be adding the decals!

Hope you like what i've done so far, see you soon!

 

Bruno.-

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Hello there! I've been kinda busy the last couple weeks, so I couldn't progress a lot in the plane.

Anyway here are some pics (After matt coat):

48861621123_024391d7fe_h.jpgIMG_20191005_153034 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48861621348_27c01793ab_h.jpgIMG_20191005_153025 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48861621613_b238cba42c_h.jpgIMG_20191005_180102 by basco.br1, en Flickr

48861621863_3d138434db_h.jpgIMG_20191005_180043 by basco.br1, en Flickr

 

Also I painted the exhaust and the gun muzzle, but I didn't take pictures of it, also painted the sidewinders. Now I have to paint the red borders on the landing gear doors and the navigation lights. 

 

See you soon!

Bruno

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