- Manufacturer – Hasegawa
- Scale – 1:48
- Aircraft – McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet
- Markings – VMFA-225 “Vikings” in special 1st MARDIV scheme
- Paint – AK Interactive, Vallejo, Gunze Mr. Color, Tamiya
- Aftermarket – Twobobs’ Decals
The Hasegawa Hornets have been around for a little while now, and their age shows a bit. The cockpit isn’t accurate for a ‘D’ model and the underside fit is terrible. But since there aren’t a lot of options for a ‘D’ model in this scale (the Hobby Boss kits are basically a rebox of the Hasegawa plastic), I had to make this one work.
The biggest problem areas were around the intakes. There were huge steps between the intakes and fuselage and it took a lot of putty to smooth the step without distorting the look of the intakes.
Another downfall with this kit, like all other Hasegawa kits, is the lack of any weaponry. The model comes with 4-330 gallon drop tanks, of which I used three, and I stole two AIM-9Xs and two GBU-12s from an old Tamiya F-16 build.
One of the bright spots of this kit, though, are the white metal landing gear. You need to be careful with them because they will bend, but are much crisper than most plastic gear of the same scale.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners, though it can be made into a pretty decent kit by those with some experience.
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