1/48 Monogram F/A-18A Hornet

Gallery Article by Creighton L Henthorn Jr on Nov 10 2002

  USMC Birthday (1775)

 

Here is my Monogram 1/48 scale F/A-18 Hornet. The kit was finished in Aeromaster decals for VMFA-451 Warlords. 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. 

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The canopy was detailed using photo-etched parts from Eduard. 

She is armed 2 AIM-9Ls on the wing tips, 2 GBU-12 LGBs on the outboard wing pylons, 2 AGM-12B Bullpups on the inboard wing pylons, FLIR and LST pods on the cheek stations, and a fuel tank on the center line pylon.

The landing gear is from a Hasegawa kit, which gave me the option to position the launch bar down. The SJU-5A ejection seat and boarding ladder are also leftovers from a Hasegawa kit. 

The instrument panel was detailed using photo-etched parts from Eduard. 

I hope you enjoy the article.

Creighton L Henthorn Jr

www.creightonsmodels.com

      

Photos and text by Creighton L Henthorn Jr