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'Warhawks' F/A-18 Hornet (Monogram 1/48)

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'Warhawks' F/A-18 Hornet (Monogram 1/48)
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 21, 2021 1:27 PM
This was a quick build, pretty much purely to show off the striking Super Scale VFA-97 decals. The old stalwart Monogram Hornet was essentially built out-of-box.

Enjoy!

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Greg

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:09 PM

That's a quick build?  Beautiful job, GregYes

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

   

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Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:45 PM
Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

On the Bench:

Revell 1/48 SR-71 Blackbird

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution - rigging

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 22, 2021 4:55 AM
Monogram huh. You've done well Padawan. I could never get that kit right

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 22, 2021 6:02 AM

tempestjohnny
Monogram huh. You've done well Padawan. I could never get that kit right

Well...if you're not hung up on stuff like panel lines matching...and you've got a bucket of putty and a full deck of sandpaper handy...then 'it's like falling off a log.'

(A high one...i.e., it still hurts. Big Smile)

I appreciate the kind words.

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 22, 2021 6:06 AM

Thanks Hutch & Shipwreck. Don't know what I was thinking when I took the pics...the lighting is pretty awful. But those old Monogram kits with the nicely-molded interiors are always fun to build, despite the occasional gaps or awkward fit. Yes

Greg

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, August 23, 2021 7:34 AM

Beautifull, Greg.  I'm looking for an -18 kit now.  Don't know whose kit I'll use, but I'll sure look for those decals.

I was working at MDD during the development, and it was a rough go at first.  MDD was teamed with Northrup for the competition for the lightweight fighter.  GD of course won the competion, of course with what became the Air Force F-16, a single engine fighter.  The DOD original plan was that AF, Navy, and Marines would use variants of the same aircraft. But the Navy balked- they insisted they would never fly a single-engine aircraft over water.  There was quite a battle in Washington for awhile, but the Navy ultimately won out.  MDD and Northrup were back in the fighhter business.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 23, 2021 8:28 AM

rocketman2000
I was working at MDD during the development, and it was a rough go at first. MDD was teamed with Northrup for the competition for the lightweight fighter.

Thanks, Don.

I read a book several years ago about that competition and the development programs involved. Lots of harkening back to the McNamara era and the seemingly-ever-inachievable quest for 'commonality' (which politicians love, but the services involved always loathe with white-hot passion, whether for real reasons or simply ruffled feathers).

Funny that we actually may see a sort-of achievement of that with the F-35 program.

As for models, I'm sure the 'Tamigawa' kits offer more detail and options...but the old Mono/Revell offering is still a fun build, and pretty good quality, particularly for visible detail like cockpit and landing gear.

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 23, 2021 1:13 PM

Nicely done Greg! You've done a mighty fine job on the old Mongram Hornet! Yes

 

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 23, 2021 1:34 PM

stikpusher

Nicely done Greg! You've done a mighty fine job on the old Mongram Hornet! Yes

Thanks, Stik!

Greg

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, August 28, 2021 6:30 PM

That's a great looking F-18! You're right those decals are sweet. Well worth getting out the monogram kit and having a go at it. Your paint and weapons make it look nice for sure.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 28, 2021 7:30 PM

TheMongoose

That's a great looking F-18! You're right those decals are sweet. Well worth getting out the monogram kit and having a go at it. Your paint and weapons make it look nice for sure.

Thanks, 'Goose!

Greg

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, August 29, 2021 12:48 PM

Nice work, Greg. She looks awesome.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

On Deck:

Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, 

1/25 Revell 32 Ford Coupe

1/12 Bandai "Mandolorian"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 29, 2021 1:24 PM

Striking livery!  And nice job on the Monogram kit.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 29, 2021 2:51 PM

Thanks, Brandon & John. I really enjoy those old 'high end' Monogram kits. Yes

Greg

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Posted by fox on Sunday, August 29, 2021 8:06 PM

Very nice build Greg! Toast You did it proud.

Jim Captain

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 30, 2021 6:25 AM

Thanks, Jim!

It's funny, CAG birds aren't usually my thing...but the tail art on this one really seemed to capture the spirit of the 'Warhawks' callsign. (And I managed to find the decals at a reasonable price on eBay...and how often does that happen? Wink)

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, August 30, 2021 7:49 AM

Nicely done, Greg. Those older Monogram kits build up really nice with a little work. Like you, raised panel lines don't bother me. Saving them just takes a little more time and skill than a more modern kit with recessed panel lines. I have the old Monogram Century Series kits I'm working on right now. Getting ready to paint the F-100D then on to the F-101B.

Good stuff, Greg.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 30, 2021 11:51 AM

Thanks, Frank.

fotofrank
I have the old Monogram Century Series kits I'm working on right now. Getting ready to paint the F-100D then on to the F-101B.

Cool cool cool. Yes Are we talking NMF, camouflage, or something Canadian-bacon flavored? (The last being my favorite Voodoo garb.)

Greg

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, August 30, 2021 8:41 PM

Thanks, Greg. The F-100 will be NMF and the F-101 will be a gray Texas ANG airplane.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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