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Academy 1/72 F/A-18A+ Hornet turned custom CF-18

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  • Member since
    September, 2018
  • From: Canada
Academy 1/72 F/A-18A+ Hornet turned custom CF-18
Posted by satiable on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 12:55 PM

So, after some years, I finally got back into modeling, and wanted to build a custom CF-18 Hornet, based off an Academy F/A-18A+ kit that I spotted on eBay. I ordered the separate decals from Canuck Model Products. They actually went on quite easily, almost as good as Cartograf.

I decided to build strictly warplanes in 1/72 scale, for a while at least anyways, so I have some favorites in mind, like I love the F-15E, F-22, just started an F-14A, but this thread is about the CF-18, more specifically a Balkan Rats.

So I took my time with this one, because I wanted it to be special, and always wanted to fly one, heh. Plus, this was my first time trying my hand at weathering. Aside from the weathering, the rest of the jet was airbrushed using Model Master acrylics.

With more time and practice, I maybe could have done a better job, but here it is!

This image compares my build with a diecast CF-18.

Here's the link to the whole album (there's like 50 pics):

https://imgur.com/gallery/nrIIsUQ

Like I said, with more practice I could have done a better job. Maybe I'll build another at some point down the road. I do have symmetrical markings yet.

I hope you enjoy this, but I'll take any criticism, in the hopes that it'll make me a better modeler. ;)

 

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 5:02 PM

You did a phenomenal job on this kit.  Very nice weathering as well as enhancing the panel lines.  Keep up the good work!

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:01 AM

Toshi

You did a phenomenal job on this kit.  Very nice weathering as well as enhancing the panel lines.  Keep up the good work!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Ditto

 

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 7:53 AM

I would love to critique your work  but I can't find any faults in it. Very nice build and your weathering is spot on in my book. You Sir, have some serious skills. Looking forward to your next build .

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    September, 2018
  • From: Canada
Posted by satiable on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 12:19 PM

Wow thanks so much for the kind words everyone.. really, really appreciate it! CoolYes

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, October 08, 2018 8:09 PM

So good i had to go back up and check the scale. Would have sworn it was at least 1/48. Super job on that weathering and paint. Loved the cannon burn marks especially!

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, on hold 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and in the works a 1/32 kit bash F-18A Desert Storm Hornet.

  • Member since
    January, 2003
  • From: West of the rock and east of the hard place!
Posted by murph on Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:07 AM

Very nicely done.  Realistic finish.  Good job.

Retired and living the dream!

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:08 AM

That looks super! The only suggestion I have is to sand the tires down a bit to show weight. The weathering looks great, nice clean build. Thanks for posting

  • Member since
    September, 2018
  • From: Canada
Posted by satiable on Friday, October 19, 2018 12:09 PM

Hey thanks everyone.. means A LOT! UnwaryPaladin, good advice about the tires! Gonna roll with that (no pun intended) from now on. Yes

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