The Hasegawa 1/72 scale Hornet is somewhat old, but it's still a nice kit that requires no major modifications. I only corrected the rudders and slats to give the model a more realistic appearance.
As I wanted to do a more colorful USMC F-18A Hornet, I used the HI-DECAL LINE sheet 72023 with markings for 163180
DW/01 a F-18A Hornet from the VMFA-251, stationed at Beaufort MCAS in 1993. This aircraft had a big red lightning bolt on the tail - something different from the usually drab USMC liveries. I also used the data sheets and formation stripes in correct colors from the HI-DECAL sheet 72034.
After the "painting" of the panel lines, the decals were applied. The final step was the spraying of a semi - gloss transparent varnish sealing coat on the whole model.
Photos and text © by Bernhard Pethe