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1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF Decals


1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF Decals
1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF Decals
1/48 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A+/B/CF-188 with RAAF Decals
This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions (LEX). The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.

Markings:

- Royal Canadian Air Force 409SQ, 410SQ & 425SQ.
- Royal Australian Air Force No. 75SQ, No. 77SQ & No. 3SQ.
- Spanish Air Force Ala 46, Ala 12 & Ala 15.
- Decal printed by Cartograf S.r.l., Italy
- Decal designed by Cross Delta

Model Features:

- Positional flaps, slat
- Extra outer wing for fold wing configuration
- New engraving technology for crispy panel line and laser engraving for super detail
- Highly detailed cockpit
- Full intake
- Super detail MLG and NLG bay
- CF-188 landing gear

Weapon includes:

- Fuel tank
- CVER
- AAQ-13/14, AAQ-28/Sniper
General Info
Scale 1/48
Type Scale Model Kit
Subtype Military Aircraft
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  • SKU: KI-K48030
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I loved the detail of this kit, however the assembly is not exactly as easy as a Tamiya or Hasegawa kit. The fuselage halves are quite tricky to get right, particularly the nose area, and I had to perform quite a bit of carpentry on the pieces to get them to fit ok. Even then, be prepared for a bit of putty and sanding to fill gaps and correct seam lines. Speaking of seam lines, the canopy pieces have the seam line running right down the middle, so if you've never seen how to remove that and polish it all up, I suggest you'll need to have a look on YouTube. The weapons supplied with the kit are ok, but some extra smart and dumb bombs would have been good. Overall, I liked the kit, but it's not for the beginner modeller. The amount of flash I had to remove from every part was also dissapointing and time consuming. Just be prepared to do battle building this kit.