Here we have the Hobbyboss 1/48 F/A-18C Hornet. This kit is a direct rival to the well known Hasegawa kit. Having now built both I can tell you that both kits are good, but the Hobbyboss kit is actually better.
The Hasegawa kit costs over £50.00 now and the Hobbyboss model can still be found for under £30.00. When you consider that the HB kit is cheaper, has crisper mouldings and far better detail, full weapon payload and three choices of markings, you’d be mad not to give it a try!
So why a gas burner? A few years back a certain USMC Squadron known as VFMA-122
“Crusaders” painted up their CAG bird in a lovely scheme with their trademark crusader cross on the tail fins and dark blue text over the grey airframe. It was a damn fine lookin’ Hornet. When I saw it I knew I just had to build it! When Two Bobs Aviation Graphics released these markings in 1/48 scale I was sold!
This model was a different process for me though, I experimented with new paints and new weathering techniques. I used Lifecolour acrylics for the first time. The shades used were dark and light US Ghost Grey. I think the colour matches were superb, but the paint is tricky to work with. It must be mixed with it’s own brand thinner and it dries on the airbrush needle too quickly without a retarder. That said, I got the job done, it just took a bit more prep thats all.
The dark blue on the tails was mixed from Tamiya blues and black until I got a shade that looked correct to my eye.
Weathering was applied via a new wash I have produced for myself for Grey paint schemes and the grey surface was broken up by a light oil dot filter. No dark shades used here apart from airflow streaking. With this method, less is more.
No add ons on this build to the airframe except a seat harness I scratch built, the rest is straight from the box. This build was easy to work on and that made it all the more enjoyable. I mounted the finished model on a US Navy carrier deck from Hobby Master which I think really sets the model off. I hope you enjoy it.