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F/A-18C Hornet
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1/32 Scale


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Unknown at this stage
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: TBA
Price: MSRP USD$140 (USD$125.97 from Squadron.com)
Review Type: Preview
Advantages: TBA
Disadvantages: TBA
Recommendation: TBA


Previewed by Dave Roof

Academy's 1/32 scale F/A-18C Hornet may be ordered online from Squadron.com




Here are 24 detailed photographs of some of the features on the Academy 1/32 F/A-18C Hornet.

I am still writing a full detailed review of the kit which will be available on HyperScale in a few days. I did not go into specifics with the descriptions here. I will save that for the review.



The kit comprises 905 individual pieces. I have over 1200 photographs of the F/A-18, and so far this kit matches up pretty good to the real thing. You won't be disappointed!




Detail Images


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One of two instrument panels provided. The second one has the digital fuel display used in the F/A-18C. Compared to my NATOPS, they got this 99% accurate!
Left side console of cockpit. Again, Academy did their homework here too.
Overall shot of the cockpit.
Cockpit with the instrument panel and control stick installed. The control stick is two separate pieces.
SUU-63 wing pylon. The BRU-32 bomb racks are separate items.
Chaff/Flare dispenser
Main landing gear wheel
Exhaust cones. Two styles are provided in both the open and closed position.
The JDAM. On the left is how it comes in the kit. The right photo shows the modified nose plug which is correct for USN/USMC JDAM's. 1 minute with a sanding stick took care of this.
The detail of the JDAM body.
Separate upper nose piece
The inside of the upper nose piece shows the holes for the 5 blade IFF antenna, which are included in the kit.
Late style gun gas vents on the gun door.
Early style gun gas vents on the gun door.
Gun blast diffuser
Instrument coaming
Gun access doors, including one with a provision for the spotlight.
Canopy details
Starboard vertical tail
Close up of antenna on vertical tail
Wing to fuselage join. A very small gap was filled with putty and sanded smooth.
Wings attached to fuselage. The fit is excellent and very strong. Academy engineered this area well.
Main wheels with both styles of tires provided. On the left is the rubber tire, and the right shows the plastic tire. All of the tires are provided in both rubber and plastic.


Text and Images Copyright 2003 by Dave Roof
Page Created 27 March, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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