by John Chung
Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F/A-18C is available online from Squadron.com
Much has already been written about the McDonnell
Douglas and later Boeing F/A-18 Hornet family and its roles within the
Canadian Armed Forces, so I shall not elaborate further here.
The Hasegawa 1/72 Legacy F/A-18 kits have been around for quite some
time, almost two decades by the time of this writing. The relative age
of the molds can be seen and it's really getting a bit long in the
tooth. In addition to careful dry fitting, judicious filling, and
sanding, corrective modifications are often necessary to bring the model
to a presentable standard consistent with today’s molding technology.
By far the most significant modification to the kit
was the adoption of the canopy and windscreen pieces from the Hasegawa
1/72 F/A-18F kit. The canopy in the B/D kit is woefully inaccurate and
the windscreens of the B/D and F are similar enough to warrant such a
swap. The results turn out to be very encouraging.
The cockpit was largely gutted and replaced; the
instrument panels were scratch built with 3D surfaces, the fore and aft
instrument coaming were scratch built to replace inaccurate kit parts,
the seats were modified True Details SJU-17 to represent SJU-5/6s, the
canopy raising mechanism was also scratch built, and a set of pilots
were taken from the Fujimi F-14 kits and modified with accurate helmets
Other modifications on the model include a
semi-intake trunk painted white fading to black at the end to give an
illusion of depth. All control surfaces were repositioned with the
exception of the rudders. LEX fences were scratch built, as well as
structural strengthening mods on the nose, tail, and aft fuselage.
The bulge on the MLG door was added.
The nose of the model was tilted upwards a bit by
inserting a 1mm thick styrene sheet on the bottom to alleviate the 'nose
droop' look of Hasegawa's 1/72 legacy Hornets.
External tanks had the aft pivot mount replaced and
sway braces were added to the pylons. The inert AIM-9 body was made by
chopping the fins off the kit missile and a bit of sanding to reshape
the nose profile.
Markings and Base
Master, Gunze, and Tamiya acrylics were used to paint the aircraft, and
the decal was sources from the excellent Leading Edge 1/72 CF-18 sheet.
The base was a round piece of wood bought at the
local crafts store sheeted with styrene and over sprayed with Alclad II
Brass rods were used to support the aircraft, which
is removable for transportation purposes.
Spare decals were used for the Roundel and CF-18
logo on the base.
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2007 by John Chung
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