CF-18 1/48 Hasegawa 2002 Demobird "HORNETS 20"
The CF-18 western demo bird for the 2002 airshow season is arguably the nicest paint scheme to be painted on a F-18 from any country. Operated by 410 Cougar Squadron out of Cold Lake, AB this jet was seen at different airshows in western Canada and the U.S. during this past summer.
Leading Edge brought out their decal sheet of this jet during the early summer 2002 and I dropped all my projects to start on this CF-18. I used the Hasegawa CF-18 kit and it went together quite well, much better than my first Hasegawa F-18 kit!
The decals were very tricky and a lot of patience is needed for applying them. I found that if you don't take your time at the painting and masking stage, the decals will be that much more of a problem. After around 2 weeks of applying these decals it was time to add a coat of future and the rest of the parts to finish this CF-18 off. I think I spent around 8 weeks on this kit working around 2 hours a night.
The end product is a beautiful model that is very eye catching and represents the real CF-18 perfectly. This model will probably have it's final resting place at the CFB Comox Air Force Museum. My next CF-18 will be a "B" depicting the AETE "BUG."
Photos and text © by Derek Heyes