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Revell 1/32 F/A 18E Super Hornet - Finished

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:42 PM

Tubosteve
(they are sealed under a couple of clear coats so not going to try change them out and mess eveything up).

Well, really, the only thing that would have to change would be the star in the blue circle.

You could just lay the correct center on over the existing. 

Or not, it's your build.

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, November 9, 2020 4:30 PM

Thank you and and all for your kind words. Coming from you guys who's work I admire it means a lot!

Thanks also for pointing out my errors with the stars & bars at least I got 1 out of 4 right!! (they are sealed under a couple of clear coats so not going to try change them out and mess eveything up). As I said earlier, it is what it is and I'm happy with how it turned out despite my errors.

 

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:43 PM

Love the scheme, it looks awesome. Excellent work all around.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Monday, November 9, 2020 3:02 PM

Tubosteve
Oh well, it is what it is

...and it's a beautiful build!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, November 9, 2020 7:48 AM

If you have any spare insignia, you could always yank those off with some Dymo tape and put new ones on.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:21 AM

tempestjohnny

Both wing insignia are upside down also. 

 

OMG..........I must have been asleep when I did that Embarrassed I know that putting on so many decals was a nightmare, but I must have just disengaged my brain at some point. Oh well, it is what it is...........

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:05 AM
Beautiful finish Steve. If I may, one critique, You had mentioned in a previous post about the insignia on the right fuselage being upside down. Both wing insignia are upside down also.

 

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, November 8, 2020 11:48 PM

Awesome looking bird. She's a beauty.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, November 8, 2020 11:33 PM

Turned out great.  Very cool markings. 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 10:38 PM

Well done, Steve, she's a beauty.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:47 PM

Tubosteve
Yes it's a big bird so to actually see it in the flesh must really be something.

Having bummed a ride in a non-super, it does not "feel" big on the inside.  Really, it was far easier than a T-38 to move around in the sky.

It's an incredible build, and does the subject proud.

And, since you are not displaying it tied down, you also get to save about £40 on RBF flags Smile

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 11:09 AM

Tubosteve

@ Eaglecash.........so you had the chance to photo the plane but didn't? Or did, but just not on your 'real' camera?

 

 
Heh...when I saw your build, I remembered this plane being on the flightline and was hoping that I had at least taken a pic with my phone camera (even though the pic wouldn't do the subject justice).  But, I looked through my phone pics, and I guess I didn't.  Hopefully I'll get another chance since the Navy and Marine Corps both bring aircraft through regularly to train with MACS 23 here in Colorado...and this time I'll be sure to have my D90 with me.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Sunday, November 8, 2020 10:27 AM

Thanks all for your kind words. (I'm afraid it's a cup of tea Crown, back on lockdown here in UK so all pubs etc closed for a month.......not that I frequent pubs anyways!).

Yes it's a big bird so to actually see it in the flesh must really be something. 

@ Eaglecash.........so you had the chance to photo the plane but didn't? Or did, but just not on your 'real' camera?

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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Posted by Sternumkat on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:58 AM

Fantastic!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:17 AM

Aha!

    A very commendable bird build. Very nice effort to put the realism in and on the kit. Now, point of Fact! Did You Know the "Blue Angels" have transitioned to a new Aircraft? Yessir, They have gone from the FA-18 Hornet to the F-18 " Super Hornet".

   Oh yeah, does any work get done in that fine looking office?

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:13 AM
Awesome job! That’s a big girl.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Airfix 1/72 P-40B

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:11 AM

Spectacular job !!! That model must weigh a ton .  Now sit back have a pint and look at your work. (Or tea) Cool

 

Nick.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:59 AM

Nicely done Steve!  Had an opportunity to photograph this exact bird a few months ago at work, but I had left my real camera at home.  

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:41 AM

Love it!  Beautiful.

I was at MDC during the whole development, from McDonnel's involvement with the F-17 through flight tests of -18.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:22 PM

So I'm calling this one done for the moment, everything is on except the center line tank, undercarriage/doors), and the gun thingy for the nose (on the way from Revell as was missing from the get go). Can't put them on until the new parts come from Revell in 4/6 weeks. I had a massive brain fart a few days ago and threw away an 'old' sprue with 1 of the undercarriage assy still on it.....Doh!!!!

So this is 99.9% finished, until the bits arrive.

All in all, this kit was not the nightmare I was expecting from online reviews. Sure, it didn't just fall together like Tamiya, but nothing so major that a little care and clamps couldn't sort out. Also, there a couple of very good build logs around that will show where the issues are, forewarned is forearmed as they say.

 

Hope you enjoy, comments and critique as always welcomed.

 
















 

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, November 2, 2020 5:06 PM

Thanks keavdog, glad you like it. As mentioned earlier in thread, I emailed Alclad to ask if they had any suggestions for the paint and they very kindly sent me replacements for both paints along with a bottle of their thinner.....all FOC! Haven't used the 'new' stuff yet so cannot report if it was 'user-error' or a paint issue. mine was Alclad Mil-Spec over Tamiya grey primer.......but my primer had days to go off so I feel it was not some reaction between the 2 (unless others used same combination with similar results?).

Happy how it turned out in the end, a rub down with a soft cloth is not so much of a big deal.

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, November 2, 2020 4:58 PM

Thankyou Brandon, these big models really to take up quite a bit of room. gonna have to sacrifice something in my shed to make room for this puppy...........think my Eurofighter might be the one to move to the loft space!

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 2, 2020 1:21 PM

Nice build. I don't know how I've missed this so far, but glad I found it. Man, those modern jets in 1/32 take up some realistate when done. Looking forward to seeing it complete.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 2, 2020 12:02 PM

Just caught up on this thread - what a great build!  I had a similar paint issue.  I blamed it on my impatience.  I think it's a hot paint over not fully gassed out/dry primer.  In my case I had a pretty heavy coat of Tamiya white primer and shot MM insignia yellow thinned with laquer thinner.  Pebbled the entire thing!  Mine went into the trash after some mock sidewinder hits ;).  You recovered very nicely!

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, November 2, 2020 11:51 AM

Well, that's a bit of a PITA!  Someone in Revell messed up as they do not supply you enough decals on the sheet!

For the weapons pylons you have 4 inner and 2 outer. For each inner pylon side you require 1 x #74, 1 x #78, 1 x #80 and 1 x #81.......2 sides per pylon (obviously!) so 2 x 74, 78, 80, 81. 4 pylons so need 8 of each for all. So...what do they give you............6!!! well done Revell!!!!

Need 12 of each when you do all the inner and outer pylons  ​​​​​​​   So I'm just gonna have to do one side of the pylon only.............dammed annoying.


Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

  • Member since
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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Sunday, November 1, 2020 5:08 AM

Finally got all the decalling done! On the home leg now, got a semi gloss top coat to go on, finish up the ordinance and then final assembly of flaps/wheels/doors/ordinance etc.

All in all, not as bad as I was expecting given the reviews I read online, few few quite bad fit issues and a fair few minor 'niggles'..........but not so bad as to make me want/need to shelve it.

 

Off to do the clear coat now............then finish up painting/decalling and weathering of the bombs.

And before anyone else says anything, I have just noticed my 'deliberate' mistake and the stars'n'bars are upside down on the right side of the cockpit..........oh well!!!

 








 

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:42 PM

Looking very nice.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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    December 2018
Posted by Tosh on Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:03 AM

An excellent WIP my friend.  Your progress is amazing for the amount of detail that's been applied!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:42 AM

Progress report. So, I've got her all dirtied up and sealed with another clear coat.........and now on to the mind-bending business of decals..........there's loads of the little blighters!! This is going to take a few days I think, keep popping out to my shed and do a few and then take a break as I am getting cramps in my hand and I'm sure I'm boss-eyed when I come in.......... ​​​​​​​

 


 

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

2020 Finished: 1:32 Revell F/A-18E Super Hornet, 1:32 Revell BAe Hawk T1.A Red Arrow, 1:24 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.1B 'Car Door'. Trumpeter 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II, 1:24 Tamiya Enzo Ferrari, Series No 302, 1:24 Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. 1:24 Tamiya Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT2

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