F/A-18A Hornet VFA-15 ‘Valions’
Well here’s a thing, a fourth completion in four months… really this is not the speed I usually work at, think ‘mein Frau’ is adding something to my ‘English Breakfast Tea’ !
Hobbyboss’s F/A-18 isn’t without its’ faults:- there’s no transparencies for any of the nav or running lights, the cockpit detail is undersized and at best ‘generic’, but it builds and fits like a dream – the gear sub-assemblies require a degree in mechanical physics to build but they’re massively strong and just drop into place once done.
I’ve built many, many USN projects (three recently) but tackled the TPS only a couple of times. For this I went all-out with pre & post shading, a ‘Flory’ wash, a pin wash, oil-dot weathering all on top of a multiple grey mottled paint job.
And with all those layers I have to say it’s one of the best paint jobs I’ve done. I’m absolutely ‘over-the-moon’ with the final result.
CAM & Aeromaster decals and a Quickboost resin seat are the only ‘extras’, the loadout came from the spares box and Hasegawa Weapons Set ‘B’, and is entirely correct for a ‘Desert Storm’ ‘Bug’. Thanks as ever for taking the time to look and/or comment.
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