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Hasegawa 1/72 F-18C

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This is the kit.

AA_Hasegawa_F-18C_box001.jpg

These are the options

AA_Hasegawa_F-18C_box002.jpg

and here are the parts

AA_FA18_parts.jpg

I bought this kit in 1994, and haven't done much with it since.

I've pinched the F-18A tails for another project, painted the pilot - probably whilst painting a batch, and the arrestor hook.

Other than that, this kit is "as new" condition. I've just painted the cockpit components, and hope to get that assembled tonight.

I'm a bit surprised that this kit is labled an F-18C, I though it was an F/A-18C - or have things changed since 1994?

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And here is the cockpit:

AA_F-18_cockpit001.jpg

and a bit burned out from the back

AA_F-18_cockpit002.jpg

I've had to remove the rear cockpit bulkhead for this pic. The upper fuselage is only dry-fitted so far.

Hoping to assemble the fuselage properly tomorrow.

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Very nice work so far on that little hornet!!!

cant wait to see more!!!

Cheers

^_^

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Are you not using the main instrument panel decal? Looks like you've hand painted it (nicely, I might add).

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Are you not using the main instrument panel decal? Looks like you've hand painted it (nicely, I might add).

Yes - that main instrument panel is the kit decal. Plastic painted a base coat of grey - then applied the decal.

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A bit more tonight - assembled the airframe around the pilot.

AA_F-18_hull001.jpg

and underneath

AA_F-18_hull002.jpg

A few seams to treat, but this kit is a gem. Quite an unusual breakdown of parts though - especially the fuselage sides.

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Quite an unusual breakdown of parts though - especially the fuselage sides.

I agree entirely.

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nice job on that mate!

i might have to get one of these kits. looks nice!

for sure i will do that!

great start Tim!

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Gained a few spare nano-seconds this afternoon - so I airbrushed my F-18C

AA_Hornet_painted001.jpg

and

AA_Hornet_painted002.jpg

Using Xtracolour with celulose thinners, so it's been put aside to dry still dry.

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Nice. Keep it up as you're almost there.

Thanks, all the remaining parts are painted. A quick aerosol of Matt finish at the weekend, then assemble and admire.

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Finish straight.

Masked canopy whilst I applied Matt finish. If you can smell the varnish - there's a very good reason.

Fitted the fiel tanks, removed my sprue handles, and installed the burner cans.

Just AIMs left to fit - and they need some markings.

AA_Hornet_matt002.jpg

Leving that paint to set - whilst I visit mum for tea

AA_Hornet_matt001.jpg

Hope to complete later tonight.

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