F-18 models in 1/32 scale
Hasegawa and Academy : kit reviews & modelling reports
|The F-18 Hornet
originated from the YF-17 of Northrop in the Air superiority Light Fighter
completion which the F-16 won. Later, the F-17 was used as a basis for
the Navy requirement, leading to the F-18 made by the American McDonnell
Douglas company. The F-18 is currently the main USN (strike) fighter with
a large number of roles, operating from many US carriers.
In 1/32 scale the first kit came in about 1985 from Hasegawa, but this represented a (Y)F-18 Hornet with a number of features later removed on production planes; this kit will be discussed and the kit will be converted into a F-18A.
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from Korea came with a superb kit of the F/A-18C in 1/32 scale.
It is very good and is the best kit in this scale that I have seen so far,
very well detailed, accurate and a very full set of " stores" .
This gave me the idea to use these extra parts in the Hasegawa kit, making it into an F-18A. The best reference is ... the Academy kit with accurate patterns etc, supplemented with various books and again the net. .
The parts (more than 900...) and decals
of the Academy kit are seen here...
The Hasegawa kit in this 1/32 scale has only about 100 parts which are quite nicely moulded.
The Hasegawa kit represents a test/pre-production
plane, so for a current F-18A the following should be corrected/converted:
In addition this kit will benefit
from the following improvements:
Other small updates will be covered
later on. The pitot test probe (part no. D19) is also not required.
The first steps...
The main Hasegawa kit parts
The corrected missile fairing (B);
they should be shorter in length at the intake. The Academy kit shows how
it should be done.
The main bays were deepened (O) by
removing the ceiling and adding strips and glueing them back in place.
Also the lower vent panels were opened .
The removed leading edge tooth (C)
and corrected exhaust fairing (N). Also the flap section was cut off, to
be glued to the fuselage parts.
It was also decided to fold the Hasegawa
kit's wing tips, using the Academy kit parts for the hinges nrs G39/40
(L) The lower vents and grills at
the lower nose will be updated using the extra Academy kit part
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