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Hey Kursad, since you have this artwork drawn, you are 90% of the way there to perhaps issue Australian F-18 Hornets. I think there were only a few companies who did that way back when such as Red Roo and I believe Hawkeye both from Australia. I am not 100% sure if either of them have done the new F-18E schemes which I believe very similar to their F-18A schemes.

I had originally posted this in the Australian Mirage topic. Sorry about that I am an idiot. Too excited I guess.

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Hi Chris,

I should have answered it in the Mirage thread - sorry. While many of the squadron insignia are similar in main respects, very little of what I had drawn for the RAAF Mirage sheet would actually be usable in a Hornet set. That said, Australia is one of my top 4 markets and I want to do more RAAF subjects in the future. I am already collecting references on some of the recent special Hornet schemes.

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Hi Kursad

Thanks for listening and I do appreciate it. Actually it was good that you did not answer in the Mirage thread since it is not really related plus it makes this Australian F-18 info stand on its own :)

I have some Kodachrome slides I took of some Australian F-18A hornets when they were here in Canada at CFB Cold Lake for Maple Flag some years ago. Let me pull the slides and send them to you. There is even one with a CAF zap (sticker) on the inside landing gear door. A neat little nugget that will appeal to the Canadians. I took a close up of that too.

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It would be nice if you could include some of the Aussie F-18s from Op Falconer (Australia in OIF). A company in Australia did make a sheet many years ago but they disappeared rather quickly and there has been nothing since.

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Hey Kursad, since you have this artwork drawn, you are 90% of the way there to perhaps issue Australian F-18 Hornets. I think there were only a few companies who did that way back when such as Red Roo and I believe Hawkeye both from Australia. I am not 100% sure if either of them have done the new F-18E schemes which I believe very similar to their F-18A schemes.

I had originally posted this in the Australian Mirage topic. Sorry about that I am an idiot. Too excited I guess.

Chris,

The RAAF flies F/A-18Fs not Es. There have been a couple of issues of decals for the Fs when they were first delivered by Novascale and Southern Sky but these sheets are either very basic (for the first couple of jets) or OOP now. Hawkeye has a range of A model sheets in early schemes.

Kursad, It would be nice to see some new sheets for the Fs and current A schemes since they have changed a lot in the last 10 years or so (in both 1/48 and 1/72).

Edited by Trojan Thunder

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Chris,

The RAAF flies F/A-18Fs not Es.

This is true. Serial numbers A44-201 to A44-212 are standard F/A-18Fs

However the second twelve aircraft are hybrids of F/A-18Fs and 18Gs with the wiring and external antennas of the F-18G. They are distinctive enough that should you want to build one of the serials A44-213 to A44-224 it's best to start with an EF-18G kit

The RAAF also has twelve EF-18G models on order. The first of them is due off of the production line about now, with IOC not until around 2017

Shane

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Chris,

The RAAF flies F/A-18Fs not Es.

Oops that's right. My mistake. The two seater is an F not an E. I have an old Hawkeye sheet with a shark mouth but it is pretty basic and pretty old so not too hopeful it will work out. I do have the anniversary scheme decal put out by Leading Edge Models but have not used it as yet.

I had read about the EF-18Gs being ordered too. Pretty cool I think.

Edited by skyhawk174

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Chris,

The RAAF flies F/A-18Fs not Es. There have been a couple of issues of decals for the Fs when they were first delivered by Novascale and Southern Sky but these sheets are either very basic (for the first couple of jets) or OOP now. Hawkeye has a range of A model sheets in early schemes.

Kursad, It would be nice to see some new sheets for the Fs and current A schemes since they have changed a lot in the last 10 years or so (in both 1/48 and 1/72).

+1!

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This is true. Serial numbers A44-201 to A44-212 are standard F/A-18Fs

However the second twelve aircraft are hybrids of F/A-18Fs and 18Gs with the wiring and external antennas of the F-18G. They are distinctive enough that should you want to build one of the serials A44-213 to A44-224 it's best to start with an EF-18G kit

The RAAF also has twelve EF-18G models on order. The first of them is due off of the production line about now, with IOC not until around 2017

Shane

Thanks Shane, I was aware of this.

..and the EA-18Gs serials will be A46-301 - 312 :D

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Chris,

The RAAF flies F/A-18Fs not Es. There have been a couple of issues of decals for the Fs when they were first delivered by Novascale and Southern Sky but these sheets are either very basic (for the first couple of jets) or OOP now.

Still available to order; http://www.southernskymodels.com.au/BoeingF-A-18FSuperHornetNo-1SQN2009-535.html

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Chris,

Afterburner made an awesome Aussie sheet for the A&D. I have the set. They are tough to find now though.

No one has made quality Super Hornet decals for the Aussie's.

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Just wanted to let everyone that I am getting close to finishing the RAAF Hornet / Super Hornet sheets. My goal is to get these out before the end of the year. Just like the RAAF Mirage sheets that were so well received by you, these should be the THE RAAF Hornet sheets to get.

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😊👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🇳🇿

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Better make them Canadian now.

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29 minutes ago, phantom said:

Better make them Canadian now.

 

LOL, not for some time Shawn,

 

The first  RAAF Hornets won't be retired for a couple of years. Plenty of time to get a few legacy RAAF builds under the belt with Kursad's excellent decals :D

 

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Every time I thought I was close to wrapping this up, new RAAF special schemes kept showing up ;-) I have not worked on it recently, but it is one of the projects that I will pick up soon after New Year.

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Nice to hear

 

Some line jets would be nice with current 2OCU, 3SQN and 77SQN schemes. I would love a 1/72 sheet or 2 :rolleyes:

Edited by Trojan Thunder

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8 hours ago, Trojan Thunder said:

Nice to hear

 

Some line jets would be nice with current 2OCU, 3SQN and 77SQN schemes. I would love a 1/72 sheet or 2 :rolleyes:

Kursad, I have to agree with Ray, some ordinary line jets in the later schemes, and especially with the recent large mission scoreboards, would be more welcome than the special schemes to be honest. Bring em on!

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On 2017-12-06 at 6:09 PM, phantom said:

Better make them Canadian now.

 

Please don’t, make Canadian’s an F-35 decal sheet.

Edited by Scooby

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