1/48 F-18B conversion of Monogram F/A-18
I completed this over Christmas break 2016, but have not been able to photograph it until now. I used the leftover two seat canopy found in the Italeri 1/48 F-18 to convert a Monogram 1/48 F-18 into a two seater. It is sad that Monogram never worked up an F-18B or D kit. The Monogram kit is excellent for building a number of airframes that interest you at a low cost. Of course, you have to be willing to work with it to get a good result.
I had some spare Black Box resin ejection seats, and used a two seat Hasegawa cockpit- leftover from using a black box cockpit for my Blue Angels F-18B (still in the box and not started yet) as well as Hasegawa tanks, pylons and Hasegawa GBU-12’s.I scratch built the wing fences, and strengthening plates on the fins. The intakes were built up with plastic tube and putty. I am planning to develop a set of resin intakes for my other Monogram F-18’s to make building them easier.
The decals were a combination of aftermarket and Hasegawa kit decals so that I could have all three tanks with the Top Gun logo. I noticed from photos of the all black NSAWC F-18B that the sparrows carried on the fuselage stations were actually painted satin black. I had two Sparrows from a Monogram F-20 I built a while back as a USN adversary “what if”. They were actually generally shaped well, but fairly “soft” in molding.
This makes me want to get my planned black 1/48 USN F-5E done!
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