1/48 Revell/Monogram F-18

Gallery Article by Lawrence Aphoy

 

Chosen to replace the aging Mirages in Australian service, this model of a Hornet from 75 Squadron is from Revell-Monogram.
 
The Revell-Monogram kit goes together without any problems. Perhaps the only area where you might encounter some difficulty is if you decide to re-scribe all panel lines. I found this fact to be especially true as I tried to re-scribe the panel lines around the intakes of the plane. The curved nature of this area made it hard for my template to conform to the surface of the intake.

 

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The decals chosen for this kit came from Roo Decal. This decal set allows you to build a Hornet from any squadron (3, 75, 77 and OCU squadrons) and as bonus there are decals to build the F-111C from 1& 6 Squadron (camo. version). However as these decals are not sealed, they need to be sealed. I sprayed on a light coat of Tamiya Clear to do this. This preparation beforehand just enabled the decals to dry thoroughly before decal application.
 
Sadly though, I’m not sure if this decal set is still available. However, Hawkeye Models and Aussie Decals are two local manufacturers that make decals for the various RAAF squadrons that fly the Hornet. 

Essentially building this kit was uneventful, except for re-scribing. This model started life out as an F/A-18C, but since the RAAF doesn’t fly this particular model I had to back date this aircraft to an A model which they do fly. This meant cutting out the two bulges behind the canopy, filling in the extra vents under the nose, modifying the tail, etc.etc…..
 
As can be seen from the photos, I cut the flaps and leading edge of the aircraft. All the weapons came from the kit except for the extra fuel tank, which came courtesy of the spare box. 
 
The colours used were from Gunze-Sangyo and were sprayed on using a Lenco 301 airbrush. I applied a light wash to model to accentuate the panel line.
 
Overall this was a nice model to build and it also compliments my Mirage of 75 squadron as well.
 

Lawrence Aphoy

      

Photos and text © by Lawrence Aphoy