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  1. Hi there! So with my previous build slowly getting to an end (i litterally have one more thing to add before gluing canopy and calling it done) I figured I could try and squeeze one more build into this GB :) As usual the choice came with a story of its own ;) I was actually going for one more Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18 (this time a single seater from VFA-113) in order to apply some of my new ideas to the build and to check how much time it actually takes to perform every task. Worthy goal I figure, nice decals too. But.... About that time it turned out that I've had to get rid of my 1/32 Academy F/A-18C. Insuficent shelf space for such a big beast. Along with the model went some very nice VFA-37 CAG decals from Eagle Strike. I think I actually regretted these decals more than the kit. So I figured, 1/32 is too big, but perhaps I could find some space for a 1/48 version, and off to a search I was. Funny thing - not too long after sale I found a cheap 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C with Eagle Strike decals for a VFA-37 bird. Only issue was... You know... Hobby Boss 1/48 F/A-18C came with these decals ;) Doing some quick check of completed HB Hornets, checking my spares for any good parts left from my 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C that I build long time ago in a neighborhood far far away and going through my decals stash I came up with a twisted idea... On the sprues Hobby Boss F/A-18's look very nice. Indeed almost like Hasegawa, but with deeper panel lines. Interesting... I procured some VFA-81 decals from Lucky Model. Hey, there's one more VFA-37 there ;) Shame that Bulls don't cut it for this GB. I chose VFA-81 because I'd like a lo-vis, dirty airframe. The added benefit was that early Charlies still had straight type uhf antennae, screen style gun gas vents and straight center pylon. And that's just what You get in the box ;) When I was deciding whether I should grab a cheap Hobby Boss Hornet I couldn't find any direct comparison to Hasegawa Hornets. Considering that I found some suspicious areas on the pictures of completed HB Hornets I took off to do some first hand checking. Hasegawa is still on spures. It would appear that HB Hornet is a little bigger than Hasegawa. Lower fuselage, however similar isn't the same length. Difference in panel depth is obvious. Also some details are a bit different (wheel well shape and details, aux intakes, and even tailhook attachment). One of my points of suspicion were the fuselage AIM-7 stations. They just seemed off on pics of HB Hornets. They look fatter, less pronounced than Hasegawa ones. Wasn't expecting different locations of elevator attachments. Upper piece is Hasegawa. Sorry for the out of focus picture. For me, a dead giveway the model is a HB Hornet is the front windscreen. It looks a bit too fat, or too long. It's my biggest gripe with the kit. I happen to have a used Hasegawa F/A-18C windscreen laying around so the plan is to use it. As it turned out it's not going to be that easy. The entire HB cockpit piece is wider than Hasegawa. When I'll begin my kit I'll check. Oh... and then there's this: Another suspicious parts are the intakes. This time, Hobby Boss piece is on the sprues. They're bigger, more squarish. Dry fitting Hasegawa intakes to the HB parts show some difference in splitter plate thickness too. I plan on using intakes from scraped Hasegawa Hornet for this build. Finally, the upper fuselage. I aligned them by the front part. Funny thing about wing placement and the angle. HB is on top. I took some pics of clear parts for comparison, but they did not showing anything. It seems that HB windscreen is indeed a bit wider, and probably a bit taller than Hasegawa which makes it look too bulbous in the pics. I will take some better pictures when I get to that stage of the build. Hopefully this will be a pleasent stroll in the park kind of a build. I plan on using some parts from Hasegawa baby Hornet - windscreen and intakes and splitter plates. I think about using Hase metal landing gear. The HB opening holes are a bit too small to acomodate Hasegawa MLG's. Nothing a bit of drilling won't help. I just don't want to do it right now. So this is all that I've done right now. I'll get on this right after I finish my 1/72 F/A-18D. Till next time!
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