Argonaut Rhino

Build Information

  • Manufacturer – Revell
  • Scale – 1:48
  • Aircraft – Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
  • Markings – VFA-147, NG402, BuNo 166439
  • Paint – AK Interactive, Vallejo
  • Aftermarket – Twobobs’ Decals

Quick Review

There isn’t a whole lot to say about this kit.  Its a mediocre representation of the E model Super Hornet.  Flaps, ailerons, and rudder are all molded in position, so the kit isn’t accurately posed as a cold and dark jet without a lot of cutting.  Cockpit detail is sparse but can be made to look ok with a careful paint job.  The weapon selection isn’t much of a selection.  There are 11 hard points on the Rhino and Revell gives us 2 AIM-9Xs, 2 AIM-120s, and a centerline fuel tank.

The build itself goes together ok.  There are a few seams that take some work to blend in, but they are not the worst I’ve dealt with.  Most seams are around the cockpit area, the worst being the port side of the jet where the canopy meets the nose.  The canopy is about a millimeter too small.

One bright spot to this build were the decals, which I’ve come to expect when using Twobobs’ Decals.  They are super thin, but strong and settle into every line and rivet with some decal softener.  The set used on this build was “Rockin’ Rhinos #8”, a set representing the CAG and a low-vis jet from the Argonauts’ 2007 cruise on the USS John C. Stennis.  I chose the low-vis scheme for my Rhino.

In the end, if you’re looking for a Rhino on a low budget, Revell’s offering gets the job done.  But if you want a better detailed and more accurate kit, look elsewhere.

Photos

More photos with better resolution at SmugMug

Argonaut Rhino

Argonaut Rhino

Argonaut Rhino

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