Thadeus Posted July 26, 2022 Share Posted July 26, 2022 On to the big build #2! I love the legacy Hornets. Even more than the Supers. And the Deltas are my all time favourites. Add to that, a USMC bird which is always welcomed, throw in a bit of Bengal love, and then add tiger stripes and I'm all excited! So for this trip, it's all Kinetic 1/48th F/A-18D ATARS boxing for me. Now ain't that a nice boxart? Lovelly sprues... And an absolute highlight of this kit - the decals! All the options are fine, the lo-vis VMFA(aw)-224 jet is cool, but I want the striped version. Perhaps it's just because when I did my 1/32 Bug, I really wanted the OIF jet, and getting pictures of THAT scheme turned out to be most challenging. The ATARS jet (actually, the very same airframe the 164886) was photographed to death compared to the 2005 version. The dead giveway between the schemes are usually the national insignia, the crew names and warning stencil around the canopy. Half of "my" scheme had to be thought out by myself. Never a good idea. It's kind of funny how most of the time I'm about to build a dual seater Hornet, the -224 is on the short list. Hell, I'd love to build an entire squadron in 1/72. I even drew the decals, as I was making them for my 1/32 scale jet. So this one is going to be slightly different - with guaranteed well researched decal sheet, and a nice kit. Coincidently it will also top off my dual build of Hobby Boss and Hasegawa legacy Hornets I've going on. Now ain't that nice? Unfortunatly I don't expect making this one in time for the deadline, especially with two additional builds dragging along (and there are also three 1/72 scale Hornets I've not forgot about!) So, first cuts? Where does one start a Hornet kit? Well, obviously it's the fuel tanks! But that is not really interesting, as they usually require significant amount of either sanding or filling and sanding. Pylons are a quick build. Considering the -224 was deployed to Iwakuni in 2009, the jet usually flew with Litening pod and two fuel tanks. At least that's what the pics I've found say. I'd love to depict it with some inert ordnance. That'd be something slightly different. But that's still a song of the future - now I have to get one thing out of the way. The cockpit. A very fine piece, with some additional inserts full of lovelly detail. Shame the aft pit is only for trainers. Both the side consoles and the Instrument panel and it's cover. What to do... what to do? Oh, I know! I'll get myself a nice Quinta decals set! Now... WOW... the details are just so nice... Umm... but I kind of figured this one to be closed canopy build... So it will all go to waste. Why else would I mount the airbrake in the up position? Why would I even consider it? Oh... I get it! I don't have a Hornet with airbrake up! That must be it! There is unfortunatly one of my "good" ideas growing in there. Luckilly i bought four of the AC/BD boxings of the Kinetic kit... Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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