1/48 Hasegawa F-18

Gallery Article by Hiroyuki Suzuki

 

I built this model specifically to be presented at the Change of Command Ceremony for VFA-195 at NAF Atugi on April 11. It was my opportunity to meet the Commanding Officer of VFA-195.   At the Ceremony I present the F-18 I built to Mr Russell J.Bartlett.

 

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Mr Bartlett was quite pleased with the model....as was his son.

The model I chose to build for this occasion was the excellent 1/48 Hasegawa F-18.  In an effort to save time, I exchanged the stock ejection seat for an ejection seat from True Details. 

The birds head on the vertical stabilizer and unit markings and the pilots name under the canopy were printed on an ALPS printer.  General stencils were taken from the decal sheet that came with the kit.   

I appreciate VFA-195 for giving me such an opportunity.

Mr Bartlett is leaving Japan now. Although his future plans are still undecided, he wished to progress to the Blue Angels.

Hiroyuki Suzuki

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Photos and text by Hiroyuki Suzuki