1/48 Italeri F/A-18E Super Hornet

Gallery Article by Michael Engle


Here is the well-known Italeri F/A-18E Super Hornet.

I was home sick from work for two days & literally threw this one together just for fun.

The “throw the glue in and shake the box” approach is pretty evident on this one, but had a lot of fun doing it-remember, that’s why we build, right?

For markings (I hope the die-hard Tomcat lovers don’t kill me for this..) I decided to ask myself “What if VF-111 Sundowners hadn’t disestablished & instead converted to the SuperBug?”

…Well yes, some of the aviators would have left the Navy to fly 747’s… but the rest would be flying VFA-111 18E’s as you see here!


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The decals are from one of the AeroMaster “Anytime Baby” sheets. I modified the kit decals for the squadron designator on the dorsal hump.  I used the Revellogram cockpit, as the Italeri ‘pit was a little sparse. Notice also (remember I was sick & on medication at the time) the pilots name under the canopy…couldn’t resist. That was done with the ol’ inkjet printer & clear labels-nothing fancy.

I hope everyone enjoys these pics!

Michael Engle


Photos and text © by Michael Engle