F/A-18D Hornet VMFA (AW)-224
Here is my Hasegawa 1/48 scale F/A-18D Hornet. After a bout two years and $90 on E-bay I finally got a hold of Hasegawas Bengals kit. It was painted with Model Master paints in the standard dark ghost gray over light ghost gray paint scheme. It was weathered using an enamel wash and pastel chalk. This model is actually not quite finished yet. I am patiently waiting for the release of the Black Box ATARS conversion so I can get the correct UHF antenna for an accurate Delta kit.
The landing gear was detailed using photo-etched parts from the Eduard F/A-18C detail set. The right nose gear door was replaced with one of the extra doors that came with the kit. This door was sanded smooth and the antenna was moved to the correct position at the rear of the door.
She is armed 2 AIM-9Ls on the wing tips, 4 GBU-12 LGBs on the inboard wing pylons, 2 AGM-65 Mavericks on the outboard wing pylons, FLIR and LST pods on the cheek stations, and a fuel tank on the center line pylon.
Sidewinders and GBU-12s are from Hasegawas weapons set D. The Mavericks are from
Academy’s F-16A/C kit. The launch rails for the Mavericks are also from the
Academy kit. I cut off one rail and glued it to a piece of strip styrene. The
top was then sanded to a curved shape.
hope you enjoy the article.
Creighton L Henthorn Jr
Photos and text © by Creighton L Henthorn Jr