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