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Introduction and ask for help
Posted by DaRodent on Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:48 AM

Good day all and thanks for having me.

i am just returning to modeling after a very long time (about 35 years).

This return has been trig by the fact that I have a son in the RCAF ani I have decided to start making models that represent the aircraft of the Canadian Airforce.

now this is where the help part comes in. I am looking to start with a kit for the CF- 18 Hornet and I am not sure which kit is best and where to get them and supplies ( in Canada would be a bonus). I could work with a kit up to 1/32. Also looking for marking decals for the RCAF as well.

i know it is a big ask for a newbie but I would really appreciate any help and suggestions this learned group would have.

Regards

Bill

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, August 24, 2020 10:41 PM

Welcome to the Forums!  Sorry I have no answer to your question, but someone here surely does.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 24, 2020 10:49 PM

Welcome indeed!

For decals...for pretty much all things Canadian...google "Leading Edge Decals." They have a great range of markings, from the 'plain wrapper' to the elaborate yearly CAF 'demo' schemes. (And pretty much all their art is available in all the common scales.)

As to kits...it would really help to nail down your preferred scale. There is a dizzying variety of kits available, most of which have (or have been issued with) options for a Canadian variant.

Of course...starting at the 'silly' end of the spectrum...I can heartily recommend the Hasegawa 'CF-Eggteen':

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:29 AM

The Testors F-18 kits come with Canadian markings option on the decal sheet. At least their 1/48 kit does.

 

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Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:44 AM

If you can find it, Academy made a big 1/32 F/A-18 with the necessary parts to convert it into a Canadian bug.  From what I read it was a really stellar kit.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:05 AM

DaRodent

Good day all and thanks for having me.

i am just returning to modeling after a very long time (about 35 years).

This return has been trig by the fact that I have a son in the RCAF ani I have decided to start making models that represent the aircraft of the Canadian Airforce.

now this is where the help part comes in. I am looking to start with a kit for the CF- 18 Hornet and I am not sure which kit is best and where to get them and supplies ( in Canada would be a bonus). I could work with a kit up to 1/32. Also looking for marking decals for the RCAF as well.

i know it is a big ask for a newbie but I would really appreciate any help and suggestions this learned group would have.

Regards

Bill 

Welcome to the forum, Bill!

One thing you'll probably notice is how much of the hobby is online.  There are a lot of good online sellers, and a ton of info.

I don't build jets, so I can't help you with who makes the best CF-18 kit.  But as a general recommendation, I'll suggest Sprue Brothers to you.  Whether it's to find that particular subject, or to look for kits and supplies in general, you might like to have a look at their site:

http://spruebrothers.com/

That's their home page, and from there, there is a prominent link to their online store/catalog.

And for decals, I like Eagle Editions/EagleCal:  https://www.eagle-editions.com/product-category/aircraft-decals-for-the-modeler/

though again, I don't think they'll have the specific subject you're looking for.  But they've got quality decals, generally.

I look forward to seeing your build, once you've got the kit you want!

Best regards,

Brad

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Posted by DaRodent on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:10 AM

A little bigger than I was thinking but not out of the questio. I was thinking 1/48.

as there are som differences both externally and in the cockpit and my son is in the Airforce stationed in Cold Lake I should get it right as he does not the plane. 

I plan to pair it with an Alpha Plane which is what they use for the " bad guy" in there Top Gun style games. 

Greg

That is way to funny...where did you grind that?

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:28 PM

DaRodent
Greg That is way to funny...where did you grind that?

We had a great 'Silly Egg' group build here on the forum a while back...'egg' planes, Toon tanks, and the like...and I did it up with the Hasegawa kit and a set of decals from an old Italeri 1/72 'legit' kit.

I love RCAF/CAF subjects, and do them with some frequency. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:19 PM

DaRodent

A little bigger than I was thinking but not out of the questio. I was thinking 1/48.

as there are som differences both externally and in the cockpit and my son is in the Airforce stationed in Cold Lake I should get it right as he does not the plane. 

I plan to pair it with an Alpha Plane which is what they use for the " bad guy" in there Top Gun style games. 

Greg

That is way to funny...where did you grind that?

 

The number one recognition difference between the Canadian 18 and a US bird is the presence of a spotlight on the left fuselage below the chine & canopy.   There are also some differences in the antennas on the tail fins.  If your son is in the 'correct' field he may know the differences.  You will also find some differences in the ordnance.   IIRC, among the diffs will be a Sniper targeting pod at station 5 (left missile trough).   

Before I retired I worked on the RCAF Hornet flight simulators, integrating a GBU-49 weapon model into the baseline.  Made a couple trips to RCAF Bagottville.  The threatened to send me to Cold Lake in February

Look at the Kinetic 1:48 scale Hornet kit.   They have a RCAF version with the spotlight and fins.   It does get a bit fiddley around the refuel probe door on the nose.   Kinetic also makes a 1:48 scale Alpha Jet, i think there may a version with the markings for the Top Jet  commercial combat adversary company.  Be sure you do it up in the bright blue & white arctic cloud scheme.  Saw some on the flightline at Bagotville - looked sharp

You can find most of the ordnance and sensor options in 1:48 scale from Eduard of CZ

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Posted by DaRodent on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 4:21 PM

Thanks for the reply

 

yes he is in the right field to know the differenc, that is why I was fussy about getting the CF-18.

i just picked up the Kinetic kit...it was the only one in the city. CF-18 kits are like hens teeth...damn hard to find. I don't think anyone is produ them any more. Store owner tried to reorder when I bought mine and couldn't.

I will worry about the Alpha Jet when I get this one done....unless I get it into my head to have 2 on the bench.

Going to take my time as it has been many years since I have done this and this will be my first jet.

now to research cockpit photos, landing gear photos etc. Wish the had one at the aviation museum in Hamilton for reference 

i am going to drive my wife nuts lol....

 

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 4:59 PM

DaRodent

now to research cockpit photos, landing gear photos etc. Wish the had one at the aviation museum in Hamilton  



One stop shop ...

"The Modern Hornet Guide, The Boeing F/A-18 A/B/C/D Exposed" by Jake Melampy.  Reid Air Publications. 2013. 

Soft cover. 207 pages.  Section on operators including RCAF, RAAF, RMAF, Kuwait, Swiss, Spain, and Finland.  Pictures of common & unique details

Melampy has several books targeted toward modelers.  Probably can order through Sprue Brothers, but will need to consider postage & customs. 

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Posted by DaRodent on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:25 AM

Ya....that makes it close to $100 to my door.

 

Bill

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Posted by Caveman on Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:35 PM

There is one at the museum at CFB Trenton. A B model but you can get up close.

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Posted by DaRodent on Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:36 PM

 

 

We had a great 'Silly Egg' group build here on the forum a while back...'egg' planes, Toon tanks, and the like...and I did it up with the Hasegawa kit and a set of decals from an old Italeri 1/72 'legit' kit.

I love RCAF/CAF subjects, and do them with some frequency. Big Smile

 

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Hmmmmm.... might have to do one just to get my hand back into modeling after a 35 year break. 

The thing makes me smile when I look at it and I think my son would get a giggle out of it 

 

Bill

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