by Bernhard Schrock
1/48 scale F/A-18 Hornet is available online from
This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F/A-18A Hornet. It is
the best kit of any jet that I have ever built!
The detail of the kit is superb and fit is
excellent. The modeller even gets a couple of some bonus parts in the
form of etched parts for the ladder and white metal components for the
This is especially helpful for the modeller. Thanks to the material
(white metal) the main landing gear legs can be precisely fitted, and
the position can even be adjusted after installation. Try this with
plastic parts and you'll wind up with a proverbial broken leg!
Notwithstanding the good quality of the kit I replaced the seat with a
one from Verlinden, which was more detailed as the one included with the
The white frames in the area of the canopy are made from a self
adhesive, flexible tape cut into narrow strips.
The kit markings are good quality and offer the option of two aircraft,
both in the tactical grey scheme.
However, as I wanted to have a different, more
colorful scheme for my Hornet, I used the decal sheet no. 48-004 from
HI-DECAL LINE (HDL) with markings for 3 aircraft
one RAAF F-18A called
Cobra 1, with a big snake teeth one the nose,
a USN CAG aircraft and
a Hornet in an attractive
sand / brown aggressor camouflage, flown by the VFA 127.
I decided on the aggressor scheme. Low vis
brown-sand stencils are also included on the sheet. The VFA 127 was
stationed in NAS Fallon in Nevada and used the Hornets for dissimilar
fighter training during the late 90s. These Hornets were later sold to
Spain, wearing the aggressor camouflage some time when in service with
the Ejercito del Aire.
The camouflage scheme is designed to make the F-18 look like his
potential opponent, the MiG-29 Fulcrum. The tail as well as the wings
have for example some sections painted light grey, to better simulate
the Fulcrum shape, fake intakes painted on the fuselage and the shadow
in the relatively deep ditch between the two MiG-29 jet engines imitated
with a dark green strip.
The Hornet N° 01 wears also a small Iraqi flag, the
other F-18 from this unit also having flags of other potentially hostile
nations applied on the tails.
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