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    1/72 F-18s

    Had these around for a few weeks and decided I should get something built (or at least started) before the year runs out.

    All Hasegawa kits. I have 2 F-18Es, A F-18F and a F-18C.

    the F is in the VFA-41 Black Aces CAG boxing

    One of the Es and the C in the VFA-27 Royal Maces History boxing.

    The last one is the old F-18E boxing with VFA-14 Top Hat USS Nimitz 2009 (?) CAG or VFA 115 Eagles CAG.

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    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    First Build. Old E with Eduard PE

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    Did a little. Glued wings, drop tanks together.

    Then started on the cockpit

    The Eduard PE really dresses up the otherwise plain back deck. And their instrument panels are way better then the decals that Hasegawa provides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    First Build. Old E with Eduard PE
    I see it came with the correct squadron decals :-)
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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    Bit more work today

    Finished the cockpit and put the fuselage together.

    After the fact, I will say that PE in 1/72 scale isn't worth buying. After a couple hours folding and putting the cockpit PE together, I realize that you won't see any of it. And they caused fit problems.

    The back deck piece and the bangseat pieces were worth using. Since I have a set for the 18F I'll use them but the rest of the planes will be OOB.

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    Big seam. Had been warned about it reading other builds. So I didn't put the intakes on. Much easier to fix that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    I see it came with the correct squadron decals :-)
    Hate to break it to you. I'm not using them. Have some different squadron decals that I like better.

    The only plane I'm using the kit decals on is the F-18F VF-41 CAG markings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Hate to break it to you. I'm not using them. Have some different squadron decals that I like better.
    I swear to god...

    We just can't have nice things!
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    I swear to god...

    We just can't have nice things!

    I like this one better. What do you think?

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    I like it!

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    What happened?

    Right after this, we had the holidays, 2 birthdays, 1 funeral, The wife and I's anniversary (26th).

    Then the water got cold enough for the winter fish (Whiting and Trout) to start biting. I only do models on the weekend. And if the choice is between putting together a model or fishing. Fishing wins every time.

    I have not forgot about these. They are just in a holding pattern.
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    Notice how clean that plane was. I don't like them when they're over-weathered. It's funny... I only do modeling during the week. It's my retirement "job". That's the deal wife and I've worked out.

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    Fish are not biting, its to hot. Got my son graduated from High School, and all that entails. Got him off to AF boot camp, went to see his Boot Camp Graduation a week before the hurricane. Had a close call with Irma

    Finally a little bit of model building time. Oh yea, now that the son is gone and there is a spare/unused room, I talked the wife into letting me put a work table in there instead of trying to build from my computer desk.

    Got the F-18F done. Mostly, still need to microsand the dust off the gloss coat. Then give her a satin finish.

    Hasegawa 1/72 F-18f in Black Aces CAG boxing

    It has been too humid to use the airbrush so painted with a harry stick using model master paints.

    Finished as the 2010 CAG bird off the USS Nimitz. Slick with 2 CATM-9s on the wingtips

    A few quick pics. I'll post more/better ones when I get them all finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    I like this one better. What do you think?
    How did I miss this?? YES USE THIS ONE!
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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    Well done, Gunny!
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
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    Good job! Are you putting on some matte finish?

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