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Old 05-13-2021, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone confirm if JC Wings F-18E vertical and horizontal stabilizers are made from diecast metal or plastic?

I appreciate the reply. I am now on the fence on getting six of JC Wings Blue Angels F-18E releases. I still have decals from my HM Blue Angel legacy hornets that I can use on the other five if i do go for the purchase.
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Old 05-15-2021, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can anyone confirm if JC Wings F-18E vertical and horizontal stabilizers are made from diecast metal or plastic?

I appreciate the reply. I am now on the fence on getting six of JC Wings Blue Angels F-18E releases. I still have decals from my HM Blue Angel legacy hornets that I can use on the other five if i do go for the purchase.
On my 3 original Witty examples they're metal.
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Thank you for your reply! I placed a pre-order for six F-18E Blue Angel Super Hornets. Look forward to getting them!
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Thank you for your reply! I placed a pre-order for six F-18E Blue Angel Super Hornets. Look forward to getting them!

Why would you do this instead of getting the hobbymaster?
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It's a tug of war between price and quality. JC (Witty mould) F-18E isn't bad, great panel scribing, and all metal parts made things even more promising, plus their pre-pro pics show a really good blue, so JC wins my sale. And with the Mule's 20% pre-order discount, each model costing under $70 is a great deal amid the ridiculous prices set these days.

I know HM will come out brilliantly once released, but geez, $130+ and doesn't come with any ordinance. At that price, it should get mid-air extended gear and tailhook options (the Fortis). It's now a waiting game with that blue hue.

These six Blue Angels will form the delta set to hang in my son's room as he is a big Blue Angels Fan. I cannot wait to see the smile beaming from his face. Oh yeah, after i change those tail numbers.

If Hobby Master does well with the color, I will likely get one, as I too am a big Blue Angels fan. Maybe we can get it signed by Capt Kesselring.
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It's a tug of war between price and quality. JC (Witty mould) F-18E isn't bad, great panel scribing, and all metal parts made things even more promising, plus their pre-pro pics show a really good blue, so JC wins my sale. And with the Mule's 20% pre-order discount, each model costing under $70 is a great deal amid the ridiculous prices set these days.

I know HM will come out brilliantly once released, but geez, $130+ and doesn't come with any ordinance. At that price, it should get mid-air extended gear and tailhook options (the Fortis). It's now a waiting game with that blue hue.

These six Blue Angels will form the delta set to hang in my son's room as he is a big Blue Angels Fan. I cannot wait to see the smile beaming from his face. Oh yeah, after i change those tail numbers.

If Hobby Master does well with the color, I will likely get one, as I too am a big Blue Angels fan. Maybe we can get it signed by Capt Kesselring.
I just received my JC F-18F two seater Blue Angels. Rest assured that both vertical and horizontal stabilizers are in solid metal. The only issue is the panel lines are almost invisible. I suspect it’s either because of the Witty mould being worn out after being used for all these years, or the factory simply put too much blue paint of the surface.

Wish I could attach photos but I’m replying you on my cellphone (the forum interface doesn’t have the function for me to upload photos stored in the phone).
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I just received my JC F-18F two seater Blue Angels. Rest assured that both vertical and horizontal stabilizers are in solid metal. The only issue is the panel lines are almost invisible. I suspect it’s either because of the Witty mould being worn out after being used for all these years, or the factory simply put too much blue paint of the surface.

Wish I could attach photos but I’m replying you on my cellphone (the forum interface doesn’t have the function for me to upload photos stored in the phone).
That is great to hear, Thanks xumu! Looking at photos of the Blues, you can hardly see the panel lines, which i personally feel give in to a more realistic look. I think the bigger deal is blue hue and that nice shiny finish, which seems to be pretty nice from the pre-pro pics. Look forward to seeing your pictures.
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Btw, the packaging this time for all Blue Angels ( be it single or twin seater) is quite poor. Many of my collectors fellows received the models with broken antenna on the back of the fuselage (mine too unfortunately broke). JC just can’t seem to get all the things right for once. Hope yours will show up good shape. In any case, I think your son would love it/them as the color really looks gorgeous and authentic (despite the fact that I haven’t had the chance to see the real jets in a live show).

I’m contemplating to order the single seater from HM. Just got this curiosity to compare two manufacturers products in details. All the F-18s I have from HM are legacy ones. I have to say they are quite well made although one may think the panel lines are far too wide to be real by scale which I agree. But my personal view is that for a Blue Angels jet the panel line won’t be a deal breaker, because the relatively dark paint (in this case blue) will simply block your attention from the panel lines. I mean, physically the light will not be easily seen or reflect by the panel lines, which in turn will not be sensitive to eyes. I found this visual trick in several other HM models with vast areas of colored paint like the recent released German Typhoon 2014 TigerMeet in orange and black stripes livery, and the Greek F-16 Zeus demo team livery whose theme colors are blue, black and white. Just my two cents.
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I just received my JC F-18F two seater Blue Angels. Rest assured that both vertical and horizontal stabilizers are in solid metal. The only issue is the panel lines are almost invisible. I suspect it’s either because of the Witty mould being worn out after being used for all these years, or the factory simply put too much blue paint of the surface.

Wish I could attach photos but I’m replying you on my cellphone (the forum interface doesn’t have the function for me to upload photos stored in the phone).
It's neither of those things- the Witty mould has had shallow panel lines from day one, they're like that on purpose to make them as close to scale depth as possible. All of their other planes have shallow panel lines too.
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