Building the spanish F/A 18A for novices, using the Hobby Boss kit 1/48 scale
by Jose Angel García Martin © Modeler Site
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The aircraft I’m representing here belonged to the Cyclons of the US Navy and I considered to build it due to its attractive camouflage even the radar cone what makes it very interesting for the modeler. Its yellow and sand colors weathering and “washes” were the final push that made me take the decision of choosing this version. My idea was to represent the aircraft in its first stages of the Ejercito del Aire.
As the years and the corresponding services passed, this attractive scheme was replaced with the “air superiority greys” and were incorporated into the 46th Wing in Gando, leaving behind the Moron air base. The aim of this tutorial is to share with the reader the work, with simple techniques and materials available to all, it can be easily reproduced by a less experienced modeller.
I used the Hobby Boss kit, the Aries resin set for the cockpit and also nozzles for the engine from the same brand. The fit of the resin parts went relatively straightforward and gave certain realism the kit lacked of. I used just the PEs corresponding to the A version, since I was representing a second hand aircraft that had not been modernized.
The following image shows a dryfit of the cockpit resin parts to check how they coupled fit.
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