Academy F/A-18C Hornet
Construction Review Part Five
and Fuselage Assembly
by Dave Roof
Academy's 1/32 scale F/A-18C
Hornet may be ordered online from Squadron.com
Here I will cover the assembly of the forward fuselage half and
attach it to the aft fuselage section.
Photo 1: This is a photo of the left side wall inside the
cockpit. There is a fairly large ejector pin mark here. Instead of trying to
fill and sand it smooth, I simply covered it with a piece of .005 plastic cut to
shape. I painted the side walls Tamiya NATO Black, and gave them a drybrush of
Photo 2: Here is the cockpit and nose wheel well assembly placed inside the
fuselage. Due to the locating pins, and the tight fit, no glue was needed here.
Photo 3: The forward fuselage section assembled. The upper nose section is a
separate piece and fit perfectly.
Photo 4: The aircraft I'm depicting has the mesh gun gas vents, so I used the
appropriate piece provided in the kit. Again, this part fit with no problems.
Photo 5: The F/A-18 is coming together! The two fuselage sections went together
with no problem and only a little filler was needed.
I'll cover the rest of the fuselage components, as well as the main landing gear
in the next installments.
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