is an excellent F/A-18F Super Hornet kit and I really enjoy building it. I
bought it for about S$40.00 and began to model it 3 months ago. I also bought a
Hasegawa weapon pack to reinforce the weapon options and robbed two pilot
figures from a 1/72Hasegawa F/A-18C kit that I am going to build after my
Oílevel exam. I did not buy any photo-etch items or any resin parts as those
very difficult to get. I put down the trailing-edge flaps and one notch of
leading-edge flaps. The rudder was untouched, the canopy is closed and the wing
is not folded. Overall,t he kit is an easy one, but the cockpit lacks some details
and the 20mm M61A1Vulcan cannonís firing hole seems to be aiming higher than
the actual cannon hole.
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I painted and assembled the cockpit. The cockpit lacks many details and again,
the instrument panel was given a decal. I believe dry-brushing would be better
than a decal. The ejection seats are also not up to expectation. The ejection
seats do not have seat belts and are quite plain looking. So, this forced me to
rob 2 pilot figures from my recently bought 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18C kit to
reinforce the cockpit and liven the model up. But I made a mistake by painting
the pilot figures with Navy Blue instead of Khaki Green! When I realized the
mistake, it was already too late! I have already cemented the cockpit to the
aircraft body! So I had to leave it there.
I cut down the trailing-edge flaps and leading-edge flaps and put them in a
downed position. The trailing-edge flaps were fully downed in a 45 degree
position and the leading-edge flaps were downed by only one notch, 10 degree
position. The flap holders under the wings are quite complex and I had to cut
and attach them one by one; it took me a few weeks to finish the flap system.
I attached the main wings and the rudders to the aircraft body. There are some
seams, but to me, this error is still acceptable. I also assembled the polycaps
and attached the mechanism into the aircraft body in order to make the elevators
I assembled the landing gear and the arrestor hook. The gear bays lack details,
but I was hurrying for time, so I did not create any details in the gear bays.
I made the finish-up by assembling the radio transmitters and frequency
I painted the aircraft and put on the decals. The whole aircraft was again,
hand-painted even though I have owned an airbrush. The weapons are:
1 - AIM-9x
2 - Mk-83
3 - 2 Mk-82 Snakeye
4 - Mk-84
5 - AIM-120
6 - 480 gallons External Fuel Tank
7 - FLIR
8 - Mk-84
9 - 2 Mk-82 Fuse Extender
10 - Mk-83
11 - AIM-9x
model kit is really excellent and now I am looking forward to building more
Hasegawa kits. Now, my wish list includes a 1/72 F4U-1d Corsair, a 1/72 F-16
Fighting Falcon, a1/72 Panavia Tornado, a 1/72 F/A-18C Hornet and a 1/700 USS
Hornet. So I am looking forward to the future, but for now, I need to pause my
modeling as I need to prepare for my Oílevel. Once I finish a model kit next
time, I will share it with you on ARC! I am an F/A-18 fan and I welcome anybody
to give me any tips or information of modeling the F/A-18 or providing me with any
feedback about this F/A-18F that I built.
reference to my previous article, a 1/72 Academy F6F-3 Hellcat from USS
Princetonís VF-27, you are welcome to click the link below.
the aircraft is again not with me. This F/A-18F is again a birthday present to
one of my classmates, Felicia. (the girl wearing pink in the last picture) I
hope this F/A-18F will not end up like the F6F and get its arrestor hook broken!