F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 BOX PACKAGE I will make F/A-18C Hornet for the first time. I am a little worried if the 1/48 scale is too difficult as I have never made it before. Some parts are faded because they have been piled up for a long time. It is like when I made Corsair II a long time ago.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING This F/A -18 Hornet kit doesn’t include a decal on the cockpit panel, probably because it’s an old Hasegawa kit. I will paint it a little by little. This kit has photo-etched parts.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING The lower side of the main wing is glued to the upper parts, larger parts are assembled. I wonder if Hornet is not a big size fighter as a large ki box. I don’t know because it’s my first time to make F/A-18 Hornet.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGSome parts are molded with seat belts. Also, seatbelt parts sold separately are attached. It looks a little better.
(2019/12/22)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING This kit includes metal landing gear parts. It is a pretty gorgeous kit. I think it’s probably all right, but I’ll put two small fishing weights in the tip to prevent falling the rear.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I built the cockpit into the fuselage. What’s interesting is that the seats are compatible with multiple seats, and in the case of a single-seat fighter, you can’t see it by covering it with parts later. I don’t think that’s the case with the actual airplane, but this method is quite funny.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING The cockpit panel is pretty deep, and you can’t see it very clearly.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I can choose the position of the flaps of the main wing of the Hornet. As it was parked, I assembled it with both the front side and the backside down.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGAt the same time, large fuel tanks are being assembled. This clamp for a hobby is made by a manufacturer called Takagi, and the part to hold it is made of plastic, so it is useful because the parts are not damaged.
(2019/12/28)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING There are a lot of parts around the landing gear, which is quite troublesome. I just checked the position.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING When should I turn off the parting lines? If I attach too fine parts, it is easy to break during work.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING Is it true that the kit doesn’t have any missiles? I feel very sorry. I don’t know if I should use the Sparrow and the Sidewinder from the other kits with these items. I’ll think about it if it’s faster to buy a Hasegawa weapon set.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGHasegawa’s old kit has a parting line in the canopy. I don’t want to file clear parts.
(2019/12/30)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING Fine paper file and several compounds were used to remove the parting line cleanly. I haven’t brushed it well yet.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I don’t like to assemble it after painting, so I made it as much as possible. I think I will attach the other parts after I finish painting.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING A mold, such as a wire, is reproduced with the photo-etched part inside the landing gear compartment.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGThe underside of the fuselage is slightly used photo-etched parts. Maybe it’s made of stainless steel, parts are too hard. I like the brass better.

I hope I can make a model leisurely again this year. I wonder if I can make so many. Happy New Year! I wish you good luck in 2020. The Japanese era name is Reiwa 2nd year.
(2020/01/03)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I painted the sight clear green.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING Masking the canopy and attached it to the fuselage. The rear part of the cockpit interfered and did not close properly, and the clear parts of the front sight touched to the canopy and did not fit well. The space inside the canopy of a jet plane is severe. I thought it would be better than not being closed, so I moved and shaved the inner parts a little. It’s surprisingly difficult.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING I wonder if Hasegawa’s jet fighter kit these days has a weapon. But haven’t Hasegawa released a new 1/48 scale kit these days? I have the impression that Hasegawa is selling sexy female figures and cute figures these days. I have an unassembled Skyhawk A-4E and F-16 kit, so I am going to convert weapons from here.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKING The anti-tank cluster bomb MK. 20 Rockeye and the air-to-air missile AIM -9 sidewinder were moved from other kits. I may or may not have trouble making the original kit with the parts removed.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING Like other cats, my cat loves boxes. It is very good to be quiet in a box or anywhere. Today is this cat’s first birthday, 1-year-old. I heard that he is a one-year-old adult cat, but he is restless at all.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGI haven’t made a jet plane for a long time, so I don’t know how to paint it. I used gloss black as a primer this time. The vertical tail stays black, so it is good because of saving working processes.
(2020/01/08)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING White is used for gradation. It’s gray at this point, and it’s confusing later.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING The landing gear compartment is white, so I blew it first and easily masked it. I’ll retouch the missed points later.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I also painted the landing gears and bombs. Let’s paint the landing gear in white from the beginning.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING After painting FS36375 gray on the underside, it is easily masked.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGThe basic painting is completed. Now I can finally put it into a fun decal working. We can’t really enjoy decals with tank models, so this work is only fun for model airplanes.
(2020/01/13)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING Whoosh! All of a sudden, the absolutely essential for this marking decal broke apart when it was soaked in water. It’s like laughing at my expectations.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I thought it would look okay, so I started working on it without hesitation, but the surface of this decal is really dry. It was rough like skin without any skin cream in winter. It may be difficult to see in the picture, but the color is a little dull. Yellow and red are not bright. Well, I think it was printed about 27 years ago, so it’s no use complaining.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING The paint on the black vertical tail came off when I peeled it.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING I bought a Super Scale Decal number 48-473 just in case. I would like to switch to a Nighthawk. I didn’t really want to use it because it’s an emergency stock, but I don’t have a chance to use it here.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING If I take a closer look at this, I can see that the warning display of the air intake is for the right side only. It’s a misprint. I cut and paste it to use for the left side.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTING It’s hard to mask again and paint the walkway next to the cockpit black, so I’m going to use liquid decal film for old Hasegawa decals.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGI finally finished attaching all the decals. The walkway part that was forcibly used with the kit was cracked and a gap was made even if liquid decal film was used. I have no choice but to retouch with a brush.
(2020/01/18)

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK I managed to complete the Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet. The 1/48 scale is big for me, but it is worth making and fun. I painted the basic paint for Hasegawa’s attached decal, but I repainted the vertical tail in gray to change the decal during painting. This kind of recovery work is quite troublesome.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18 type A and B with an improved engine and combat system are type C and D. The F/A is so-called because it can perform both fighter and bombing attack missions. The later E type and F type are called Super Hornet, and they were improved to a higher level of performance. On the other hand, this is sometimes distinguished from the Legacy Hornet.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The Superscale decal used this time is marked by VFA-136, the 136 Fighter Attack Squadron Night Hawks. It looks like the marking when they visited the United Kingdom on D-Day anniversary with the USS George Washington. This may have happened in 1994 when they attended ceremonies of the 50 years of the Invasion of Normandy.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The jet engine nozzle has been changed by the color of baked iron, silver, and clear orange, but the part itself is small, so I don’t recognize much about it.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK I wonder if it’s low visibility paint and marking? The caution marks are gray and not very noticeable, and even if I cut and paste a fine decal, the body doesn’t change so much, so I don’t think it’s worthwhile. Just in case, I put on all the things I can.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The Sidewinder AIM-9 is a fairly long-lived air-to-air missile, with a variety from the 1950s to the present. This F/A-18C seems to match AIM-9L with the 3rd generation Sidewinder. It’s confusing around the missile operation status.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK When I removed the masking of the canopy, the front part got dirty. It is probably the one when it is bonded. Also, there was some paint left on the frame, so I retouched it with a brush.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK I took these two pictures with super digital zoom. When I close the canopy, I can’t take detailed pictures. I didn’t make the details, so it’s good if you can see a little.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The Mk-20 cluster bombs were painted with olive drab. There seems to be a bomb painted in white, so I’m not sure the right color. The yellow band means live ammunition.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK The top and bottom parts of the plane are painted with the gray FS36320 and the grayFS36375, it looks the same color. I think it is affected by the way of blowing the airbrush from black and white gradation. I don’t think I made a mistake with the paint…

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORK This time, I forgot the point of making a jet fighter for the first time in a long time, so I put the inking and washing it very hard. Personally, I like a little cleaner coating. Some carrier-based planes are pretty dirty when you look at them closely, so it might be correct.

F/A-18C HORNET HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED WORKI was wondering where to get additional bombs from, and the decal crumbled and changed to another decal after the basic painting, and the finish didn’t go so well, but it was fatigue level high. I lost my concentration on the way. But I’m glad that the Hornet I was going to make someday was completed.
(2020/01/21)

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