With the retirement this week of the Classic Hornet from Australian service, decided it was time to get cracking on finishing up an Aussie Bug.
This is the Hasegawa Hornet with RAAF specific mods to the standard Hasegawa F/A-18A including
HUG GPS dome on the spine behind the cockpit
Addition of bird slicer IFF antennae in front of the cockpit
Addition of older GPS dome blanking plate further down the spine
Adding Sparrow recess blanking plates and removing ejector detail on the shoulder pylons
Replacing carrier launch bar with anti-shimmy bar and removing carrier landing lights on nose gear leg
Moving the radar warning bump under the nose to the starboard (off-centreline)
Strengthening plates on the port side of each fin (outer left fin and inner right fin)
In addition, the kit has had an Aires cockpit added, Aires wheel wells and gear doors, Reskit wheels, Flying Leathernecks 3D printed Hornet pylons (2 x underwing and 1 x centreline), Flying Leathernecks 3D printed LAU-7 wingtip launch rails. To complete the kit, I'll also use Eduard Brassin AIM-132 ASRAAMs and Aires exhausts. Plan is to grab a set of Ronin Decals for this jet when they are released.
Model ready for some paint
Close up of the HUG GPS dome made from 5 thou styrene.
Tail strengthening plates made from A4 copier paper. The beauty is that the paper is cheap and easy to cut (cut the plates on a cameo using a good photo to tget shape and position), you can use Tamiya Extra Thin to position it as it wicks into the paper and forms a bond with the styrene. Once it place, you can wick some CA glue into the paper, it that attaches it permanently, as well as allowing the paper to be sanded and detailed like styrene. By comparison, the formation light under the fin is 5 thou styrene.