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F/A-18C
F/A-18C
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

introduction

The F/A-18 Hornet is a workhorse of the US Navy, Marines and seven foreign air forces. The Navy replaced the expensive F-14 Tomcat with the Hornet, and the airframe has been revamped into today's Super Hornet. The F/A-18C is the single-seat version. Kinetic has released a version that covers five Navy aircraft plus a Swiss and Finnish variant.

contents

15 sprues of gray styrene
1 fuselage bottom half
2 sprues of clear plastic
1 small VERY delicate fret of photo etch
18 page instruction booklet
4 page painting & marking booklet
2 sheets of decals

the review

My usual scale is 1/32nd where the large size of the model means the pressure to add resin details and photo etch is really high. This version is much smaller than the Trumpeter and Academy kits I'm more familiar with, so it looks like the fun factor is upped here from bigger builds.

The detailing is solid without being crazy, and the number of parts reasonable without a lot of "fiddly bits." The tires are styrene, which I prefer, and my only criticism would be the lack of masks for the canopy and other clear parts. That's not a huge booger by any means, and some of you may prefer cutting your own masks from tape.

I checked out the available AM parts for this kit, and nothing struck me as a "must have" except a canopy mask. There are resin "burner cans," but I'm not sure they're really needed.

decals & painting

The kit includes five US versions and two foreign ones:

VFA-87 Golden Warriors USS George Bush 2013
VFA-25 Fists of the Fleet, USS Carl Vinson, 2011
NSAWC (Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center or "En-Sock) in "Russian Splendor" camo, 2009
NSAWC in "Sukoi Blue" camo, 2009
NAWDC (Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center or "Naw-Dik") in US grays, 2016
J-5014 in US gray colors, Swiss Air Force 2014
HN-457 in US gray colors, Finnish Air Force 1006 "Kreivi von Rosen" (a famous Finnish aviator)

One of Kinetic's goals is to sell kits that invite multiple builds, and this Hornet is no exception. In addition to two colorful Navy units ("Fists of the Fleet" and "Golden Warriors") with bright tail codes and emblems, two "bogey" aircraft from the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center/Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center are painted in Russian colors for mock dogfighting. And while the Swiss and Finnish variants are in standard US grays, the national markings for the Swiss aircraft are a blazing red with white crosses.

Paint colors are given in Federal Standard numbers, avoiding the usual confusion from brand-name paint colors. There are easy conversion charts all over the Internet to help you find the colors by your favorite paint maker.

conclusion

Kinetic's owner, Raymond Chung, told me his goal is to have kits that are pleasurable to build and strike the right balance between accuracy, build-ability and fun. This F/A-18C looks uncomplicated out-of-the-box with multiple variants that will invite other attempts at its various markings and paint schemes.

Thanks to Raymond Chung and Kinetic for providing this review sample. Please be sure to mention you saw this kit reviewed on Aeroscale when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: Crisp molding with little or no flash or heavy seam lines. Straightforward build instructions.
Lows: A canopy painting mask would be a nice addition, so consider picking one up when you order your kit.
Verdict: A very appealing offering of this workhorse of several air forces.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: K48031
  Suggested Retail: $60
  PUBLISHED: Feb 02, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.80%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2019 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thank you, Kevin, for making this one "live." It should be a fun build, but I'm glad to get reactions from Quarter Scale builders out there.
FEB 04, 2019 - 05:52 AM
Not sure if many people realize but the U.S. Navy flew it's last regular operational mission with the Legacy Hornet a week or two ago.
FEB 11, 2019 - 10:08 AM
I knew that, Calvin, but it's probably good to remind folks here about it.
FEB 12, 2019 - 04:26 AM
   

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