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Unread March 25th, 2009, 05:38 AM
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Default Hasegawa 1/48 Hornet backdated to Prototype

One project I've wanted to do for the longest time, now have the time, resources and desire to do it. Annotations added to images to explain progress.

Plan is to build it as this


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Unread March 25th, 2009, 05:53 AM
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Ooohhh....that looks very neat Craig! Quie fancy such a project myself, and then compare it with the Super Hornet to show how far the aircrft evolved. Can you use the recently released Fightertown Decals, or are there differences from the prototype?

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Actually, probably not, as there seem to be subtle differences in the markings. I have an in-flight C to be built in the Anniversary colours as well and the FT decals en route.

The blue and gold on this will be masked and painted and I have the old Monogram kit en-route from Dave Roof (if he can hobble to the Post Office) which should provide the balance of the decals (otherwise it will be all efforts in to trying to resurrect my ALPS).
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Excellent work Craig!!
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Wow, I've never seen anyone turn a hasegawa kit into a monogram before. Great work!!
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This will look the shit! Liking the diagrams too.
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Ecxellent build & info! I will be following this one with glee.
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WOWZERS! That's an amibitious plan. When I think of all the differences between the FSD and the production aircraft, I can't figure out how I'd even attempt it. The good news is that Hasegawa includes the oleo struts for the main landing gear in the kit. (Look for the parts labeled "not for use".) They also include the earlier afterburner petals. Depending on what timeframe you're wanting to depict, it could be a lot or a whole lot of work.
I look forward to watching your progress.

EDIT - Now that I'm finally home and can actually see your in-progress images, I gotta say "DOUBLE WOWZERS!".

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Outstanding work Craig. I'm watching with interest. Possibly D'Skunk might be in the near future as well?
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WOWZERS! That's an amibitious plan. When I think of all the differences between the FSD and the production aircraft, I can't figure out how I'd even attempt it. The good news is that Hasegawa includes the oleo struts for the main landing gear in the kit. (Look for the parts labeled "not for use".) They also include the earlier afterburner petals. Depending on what timeframe you're wanting to depict, it could be a lot or a whole lot of work.
I look forward to watching your progress.

EDIT - Now that I'm finally home and can actually see your in-progress images, I gotta say "DOUBLE WOWZERS!".
Was aware of all of those factors, but haven't started the gear or engines yet (lot to do before I get there) and I also want to depict it as it appeared the day of it's first flight. the RF-18 fit was quite some time after and it had started adopting some of the production features, so not as much interest.
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Outstanding work Craig. I'm watching with interest. Possibly D'Skunk might be in the near future as well?
You never know, may get around to some repairs, but have a few more projects further up the list now. D'Skunk was supposed to have that "WOW" factors for last years Nationals. This prototype should be the same for this years (and with luck, no wayward repairmen either).
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Images restored. Still waiting on some decent seamless intakes to kick start this one again. I'm sure someone's on it...

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Just a note, Craig. You do realize that the prototype had shorter span ailerons than the production jets, right? The outboard end of the ailerons was part of the wing; I don't recall how much shorter they were offhand but can probably find the info if you need it.

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Not sure how I missed this - your post reminded me Joe. Here is the pic showing the new dog tooth, revised outboard flaperons and LAU. Both wings are done.
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Joe,
Question you may be able to answer. On the protoype, the ladder door in the LEX appears to have hinged along it's length and was separate from the ladder, instead of at one end and integrated with the ladder like on the production ones. Is this correct or a misrepresentation by some model manufacturers?
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Joe,
Question you may be able to answer. On the protoype, the ladder door in the LEX appears to have hinged along it's length and was separate from the ladder, instead of at one end and integrated with the ladder like on the production ones. Is this correct or a misrepresentation by some model manufacturers?
I'll have to check my sources at home on that one. I see what I have and get back to you.

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Craig, I could only find one photo of the prototype with the boarding ladder extended (it's in the original F-18 Detail and Scale), and at the time the photo was taken it appears to have the normal production type ladder. But, by the time of the photo ship 1 had been flying for a couple of years, and looks to have had several mods done (stab updated, wing leading edge updated at least) so the ladder may have been changed. I'd just go with the standard ladder based on that photo.
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Okay, dumb question - does anyone know what Hornet #1's instrument panel looked like? I dug into my refs and found a picture of the cockpit of one of FSD jets in a 1983 Koku-Fan. The problem is that it doesn't have a date or identify which FSD Hornet it is. You can see enough of of the LEX, fuselage, and nose to determine that it's not #1, #6, or #7. The center MFD has been replaced by test gear (the panel is orange) and there are other orange switch panels visible.

EDIT - I translated enough of the Japanese text to determine that it was Hornet #4 (160778).

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IIRC each of the FSD jets were assigned specific test duties during the development phase, so instrumentation/configuration would have varied accoring to what the jet was tasked to test e.g. handling qualities, carrier qualifications, weapons release etc.
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