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.
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.
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.
At 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
I 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.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.