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Hasegawa’s F/A 18A Hornet – 77 Sqn. RAAF (1/48 scale)

The is wearing a special commemorative set of markings for 77 Sqn when based near Darwin in late 1942 where the C.O, Flt Lt R.C.Cresswell recorded the squadron's first victory. The nose marking is a set of four flags; , Australian, British & U.S. which was originally painted on his P-40E Kittyhawk. The kit was kindly given to me by a good IPMS mate but took a long while to reach the top of the "To Do" pile. I've tried to do it justice, but it did have its moments. Sometimes I think that kit designers never build their own products!

Nevertheless as completion neared (today!) I found myself liking it more & more. I've chosen to build the Hornet in clean condition as many of the RAAF reference pictures I consulted showed a minimum of underwing stores (and don't give you any, anyway!) so I nicked a couple of Sidewinders from a Kinetic F-16. So; she's finished. I hope you like it.

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19 responses

  1. Very nicely finished and photographed, Tony...a nice clean build.

  2. Well done Tony. She looks amazing!

  3. Lovely build Tony.
    Done a fine job sir.

  4. What was the cockpit like, and are the cans original? Clean looking jet.

    • Hi Rob, Apart from the seat belts (masking tape) & decals, she's out of the box. The cans are too: painted with Gunze burnt iron & stainless steel. For about 30 years I've used a metallic paste product called 'MINI-METALLICS RUB-ONS which I apply with a small flat brush. These colours come in a set of seven shades, including pewter, gold gunmetal & brass. They're easy to apply & combine to produce different effects. I'm still using my original set!. I find this is a good deal more controllable than Alclad for small areas. Sorry there are no shots of the cockpit: I can't seem to do it justice with my pictures, but it's all there!

  5. Nice job Tony, The colours look just right and it definately looks the business.

  6. Nice looking Hornet! And I'll try some of those rub-on metallics - I build in 1/72 (and don't use an airbrush) so always looking to find a way to get realistic looking metal, especially on smaller areas.

  7. Tony,
    Beautifully done. You have captured the good looks of the Hornet and I really like the RAAF scheme. I have have this kit sitting around that I had started about five years ago. I think you have given me the inspiration to finish it.

  8. Greetings :
    Nice clean build.

  9. Beautiful F-18! Thanks!

  10. Nice Hornet Tony, very cool weathering.

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