Guest Mel Sharkskin Posted October 10, 2007 Share Posted October 10, 2007 It's taken me almost 20 years to get around to this project, but now that I'm finally starting it, I need some help. I am modeling Blue Angels No. 7. BuNo 161355. I chose the subject because I was given a ride in it, and I want to commemorate that wonderful 1.3 hrs. My questions are many, so I'll boil it down. First, what external differences, other than the paint and the gun fairing, would be on this aircraft to differentiate it from a line a/c? I've read that the primary differences are unseen, such as in the software, which I've been told is tweeked for aerobatic flying. But more importantly, I need to know what differences there are between the F/A-18B and the D model. Here's why: When I set out to finally do this, I was naive. I didn't know that Hasegawa (I figured that would be the best kit to work from) 1/48 B model Hornets were rare as hen's teeth, and those that were on evilBay were just outrageously bid up. Finally, a friend located me a "B" in the form of one of Hasegawa's "Special Issue" kits. This one is in the livery of Pax River, and upon opening it, lo and behold but it was the off-the-shelf Hasegawa F/A-18D, right down to the instruction sheet. There were metal gear and a few of those ridiculously hard PE parts, and a separate little bag with the Pax River markings, stencils and a decal map, B-model vertical stabs, and that was it. I have a Black Box cockpit for the B, and all the Eduard frets, so that part's covered. However, I'm wondering how many modifcations, and which ones, I will have to make to get a reasonable Blue Angels No. 7 from Sept. 1988. The 1987 season CAM decals work for this build. But I still don't have references that give me differences between the B and D. Can anyone out there help me? For example, is all that grill work on the D model going to be the same as that on an early-block F/A-18B, as the subject of the model is? (For the record, it still flies to this day with NASA, and I think it is a Block 5 or 10 a/c.) Thanks for your indulgence, and of course any guidance would be appreciated. TOM Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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