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F/A-18 Hornet

Scratch built F18 Hornet.1/36 scale,copied from a 1/72 kit times 2 Made of pine.

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15 responses to F/A-18 Hornet

  1. Remarkable. You are a true craftsman, Derek. These works are beautifully sculpted and rendered.

  2. Derek, that leaves me standing mouth open. Very impressive!
    I’d love to learn more about your techniques. Milling, turning, sanding …?

    • Hi Johannes I just use the basic tools.For all the carving I use the yellow handle Stanly knives.To make wheels cut them out,drill a hole in the middle,nut and bolt place in chuck of drill,place in vice and use it as a laith.Very fine wet and dry to get a smooth finish.Regards Derek.

  3. Another great one! how do you do the canopy?

    • Hi Robert I was waiting for someone to ask me that.Right,take a 4 inch square piece of wood about 10mm thick,cut out a shape the part it’s going to fit on the fuselage but make sure it’s one mm bigger all round.Shape a piece of wood of what the canopy should look like.Place a 4 inch square of 0.-5mm clear plastic over the wood attached with drawing pins.Drill a hole in the shaped wooden canopy and push in a piece of dowling.Now,you may laugh.Get two tins of Heinz beans place 2 inches apart.Gentle heat the plastic over a gas ring until soft.Shove the wooden canopy through the hole you’ve cut out,leave 5 minutes then trim. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Amazing work, it’s impressive hearing how you do it. I could only dream of something like this!

  5. That is an impressive scratch-build. True craftsmanship.

  6. Amazing craftsmanship, Fantastic.

  7. i’m flabbergasted with your talent

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