Kangnam 1/48 F-18L
This is my Kangnam 1/48 F-18L, finished as a what-if demonstrator for the Hellenic Air Force!
Back in the late seventies, where the F-18 project was in good progress, Northrop and McDonnell Douglas partner companies were individually progressing with their F-18L land based version designs, in order to attract potential customers.
The Northrop design would additionally feature deletion of the internal wing tanks and intake mounted weapon stations (but would provide a third underwing one). Both designs would be strengthened for a 9 g design load factor, compared to the F-18A's 7.5 g.
Competition for potential foreign sales inflamed the two companies' partnership with lawsuits and the like. Upon the time of the settlement (which was the mid 80's), Northrop had already ceased work on the F-18L.
The land based version of the Hornet competed for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) fighter contract in the early 1980s. Presumably, both Northrop and MD presented their designs.
As an “alternate history”, I decided to finish the Kangnam kit as a what-if demonstrator, painted in an eye-catching “demo scheme” and carrying HAF insignia, as would have been presented to the HAF officials and evaluated by HAF test pilots during the fighter contract competition!
Should you wish to read the full build review (together with my "what if assumptions" 🙂 ), you may do so by visiting my beloved site Modelingmadness: