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Old 03-05-2013, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
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Production limited to 600 Units

January 2013 Release

First of all I would like to thank William at Hobby Master for graciously agreeing to produce a model which actually appears in my Pilot Logbook.

I would also like to thank William for providing me a complementary copy of this latest Hobby Master Hornet release. It will be a definite centre piece of my collection. If some think that makes this review biased - so be it. But this really is a great model.

As a starting point, the Hobby Master Hornet tooling is second to none in my opinion. There have also been some notable improvements to this latest Canadian Hornet Release (some of which I suggested to William).

Since this CF-18B is portrayed as she appeared in 1997 - it represents a Canadian Hornet prior to the Modernization and Update Program that began in the early 2000s. No later "Bird Slicer" IFF antennas on the nose and square rather than angled VHF/UHF antennas are all correct here.

Next, for those concerned, the paint colour closely matches the first Canadian CF-18A release (HA3502) so the two can be displayed together. Next, the main landing gear has been modified from that first release and now displays the proper "splay" when viewed head on. There is also additional printed detail ahead of the jet intakes and the searchlight on the port side forward fuselage is better outlined compared to the single seat version. Of note is that the interior of the speed brake is now correctly painted grey rather than the white shown on the CF-18A. Even criticism regarding the positioning of the false canopy on the pre production photos has been addressed. It is also good to see that the pilot helmets are correctly painted grey.

The armament issue on this aircraft is a bit complicated. The aircraft was actually unarmed when I had the chance to fly her from the back seat. Now since I know most collectors would be "bored to tears" with that scenario I asked William to include some armament options. Since 410 "Cougar" Squadron is the Fighter Training Squadron of the RCAF - this aircraft would regularly have an ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) Pod on one of the wingtips. Since Hobby Master has used the ACMI pod on previous F-16 releases it now appears here on the F-18 for the first time. Next although a Sidewinder Acquisition Round (Basically a Sidewinder missile without a motor and fins) would normally be on the opposite wingtip - it would not be too unusual to see an actual Sidewinder missile there (which is included on the model). Next, since 410 Squadron teaches future fighter pilots the art of ground attack - the option of single mounted Mk.82 bombs are provided. AGM-65 Maverick Air-to-Ground Missiles are also provided (Hobby Master had the tooling available) as a separate option (The Maverick would not commonly be fitted but did enter Canadian service in 1997 so would not be an impossible option).

As far as a Laser Designation Pod is concerned (as seen on the Pre Pro) these are not included as they did not enter service until 1998 and even then only with the operational squadrons (which had to share about a dozen pods between them!). Perhaps if Hobby Master does a Kosovo Crisis "Balkan Rats" CF-18 in the future they would then correctly be included.

Sparrow missiles on the fuselage stations would also not be correct on a dual seat CF-18B so they are also not included here (the only photos I have seen of a CF-18B with Sparrows is of #901 which was the first Hornet delivered to Canada and had Sparrows attached for publicity purposes). Finally, the three external fuel tanks are included.

Overall a very worthy addition for anyone who collects Canadian themed aircraft. A very accurate model in my opinion.

Evidently this model sold out at the Manufacturer level in just a single day - so get one while you can!

EDIT: After publishing this review I noticed that the starboard Leading Edge Extension Fence (the small part with a running cougar painted on it) is missing. Hobby Master will be sending out a replacement part.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the review, Dan.
Indeed it is a beautiful model, and the ACMI make even more beautiful...
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Great news!

Thanks for all your effort and attention to detail Dan.

I have mine on pre-order. Any idea when they will arrive at the retailers?

Can't wait.
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it should arrive by the end of this month. Hopefully

great review Dan! Glad it is very successful.
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It will be a definite centre piece of my collection. If some think that makes this review biased - so be it. But this really is a great model.
Not an issue ACpilot! I mean seriously anyone that has the chance to see their own suggestion let alone the aircraft that they rode in made into a model would be ecstatic. I think its great that you made sure that this HM model has the correct loadout. The ACMI pod definitely makes this one really unique and something that all Canadians including myself should look into adding into their collection. Hmm....sold out on the factory floor eh? 500 copies only? Guess i better hurry up and buy one! lol.
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Great job Ac.
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These are selling out at the usual retailers with no chance of a restock.

If you are thinking of purchasing this one - best not to hesitate.

Sold out at the Flying Mule in the States and Jumblies in the U.K. as well.

Hobby Master HA3530 - F/A-18 Hornet Diecast Model, CAF No.410 (Cougars) Sqn, #188920: The Flying Mule

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Darn! I usually buy from Flying Mule.

Can anyone recommend another on-line retailer that ships to Canada with reasonable shipping rates. Hopefully one that is big enough to guarantee that they get their order from HM. I've pre-ordered previously only to find out the retailer didn't get their entire order and I was left without.

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I just ordered one from Aiken's Airplanes and they had them in stock. There located in the south-east U.S.. I order from them all the time. Don't know how many left. Good luck. Here's the link.

CF-18B Hornet No. 410 TFS " Cougars," RCAF 1:72 Hobby Master HM-HA3530 - Aiken's Airplanes Store

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Darn! I usually buy from Flying Mule.

Can anyone recommend another on-line retailer that ships to Canada with reasonable shipping rates. Hopefully one that is big enough to guarantee that they get their order from HM. I've pre-ordered previously only to find out the retailer didn't get their entire order and I was left without.

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My regular supplier in Hong Kong has also sold out.

For those looking for one in Canada I would recommend Modeller's Choice or the Canadian Warplane Heritage Giftshop.

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Ac, see what you started . Like the fact you have had personal hands on experience with this aircraft and was an influence in having HM release it. This will be my first HM Hornet and I'm glad to make it my first. Great job.

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The vultures are already circling

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Mine is inbound from a US dealer but it was a close run thing, I nearly missed out!
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Mine is also inbound but I just got it because of Dan's story and the fact that I think it looks good. Maybe I'll just turn it around and sell it right away!

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Thanks Splatt and AC for the links.
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Darn! I usually buy from Flying Mule.

Can anyone recommend another on-line retailer that ships to Canada with reasonable shipping rates. Hopefully one that is big enough to guarantee that they get their order from HM. I've pre-ordered previously only to find out the retailer didn't get their entire order and I was left without.

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You can also try the "Spitfire Emporium" located in Kitchener Waterloo Ont.
The Spitfire Emporium
Best to call them first to see if their order has already been sold out.
Last time I was there they still had the HM 425 Sqn CF-18 in stock.
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The HUD for HA3530 CF-188 Cold Lake and HA3512 CF-188 Centennial Hornet releases are transparent but the initial CF-188 HA3502 release was completely painted black.







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It wasn't until HA3506 that the HUDs were changed to clear.

The ?? is a cup holder. Just kidding.
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I stumbled on this board while looking for something else. So, wondering what the "cup holder" really is?
It's a holder for a stopwatch. Back when we first got the aircraft, there was no timer in the aircraft Mission Computers that could be used to time precisely for air to ground missions. Pilots bought their own digital stopwatches, and had velcro glued onto them by the Safety Systems section. This little mod has a flip-up bracket with male velcro, to which we would stick our little stopwatches.

In the mid 90s, we got software in the aircraft that rendered the portable stopwatches obsolete. The timers would show up in the HUD symbology.
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I stumbled on this board while looking for something else. So, wondering what the "cup holder" really is?
It's a holder for a stopwatch. Back when we first got the aircraft, there was no timer in the aircraft Mission Computers that could be used to time precisely for air to ground missions. Pilots bought their own digital stopwatches, and had velcro glued onto them by the Safety Systems section. This little mod has a flip-up bracket with male velcro, to which we would stick our little stopwatches.
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Having just read the thread, pretty neat backstory to this release. Little late but conrats AC! Very cool indeed
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ACPilot always with an excellent review. Congratulations on your purchase.
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