1/32 Academy CAF CF-18 Hornet Tiger Meet 1992
Gallery Article by Dave Cornett - April 02, 2009
Plane Type: Jet; Plane Name: F-18; Scale: 1/32; Kit Manufacturer: Academy
To build this kit, I used the Academy 1/32 Scale F/A-18C Hornet, Leading Edge Decals (CF-18 Tiger Meet Special 1992), Eduard F/A-18 GRU/SJU detail set, Model Masters FS35237 and FS36375. The kit is a good build, some of the pieces on the landing gear can be a pain in the butt, but overall it went together fairly well.
To start the kit, you pretty much need to complete the landing gear, wheel wells, engines and cockpit, of course these are also the most time consuming. Once the kit was basically together, I photo copied the stencils provided with the Leading Edge decal set and I printed them on frisket paper and sticker paper at which point I sprayed the dark gray and then applied the stencils, spraying the rest with the medium gray, this was the first time I used sticker paper and it was unbelievable how much of a difference it made.
After the kit was painted, it was just a matter of waxing it, applying the decals with decal solution and dirtying it with chalk. I know there is a few errors, especially on the tail, so pleas don’t write and tell me, sometimes it better to leave minor details alone instead of creating major headaches. If there is any questions, please feel free. Thank You
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