I got a couple models in from Witty Wings that I would like to share. I bought the F-14, F-15, F-16, and F-18.
First the F-14, yes I know Century Wings makes a better one but after looking through a comparison picture, IMHO i felt Witty Wings has a more accurate shaped canopy while CW was swept back a lot more. Others may disagree but I got this F-14 at a good price. It was $29 compared to CW $70, can't really complain. Plus I like this color
Next is the F-15, this was actually the cheapest at only $19.
Here's side by side with the F-16
And finally the F-18
All of these planes I got at a fairly good price, everything was $29 except for the F-15 which was priced at 19. I'm pretty happy.
The flanker is my favorite aircraft but I'm holding off until someone makes an accurate flanker. Neither Gaincorp or witty made a good one IMHO. The canopy/nose shape is all wrong. Although Gaincorp did make a decent Su-47 and Su-34, I might get those if I can find one at a decent price- but I doubt it.
About my diecast F-18 Hornet:
The Boeing F/A-18 Hornet is a modern all-weather carrier-capable strike fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its contemporaries. My Diecast F/A-18B Hornet has 3 drop tanks and two empty pylons therefore the payload is lacking. I want to put smart bombs or missiles on these empty pylons but I'd need 'Launchers' for two missiles on each pylon. Where can you get these? Hasegawa do boxes of bombs and missiles but which ones and how many do I have to get? HELP!!!
Be more specific. Which missiles do you want and in what configuration? Either way, it's hard to do air-to-air missile launchers of any sort on a Hornet in 1/72. The parts simply don't exist. You'll have to make them yourselves.
Hasegawa do 1/72 sets of Bombs, Missiles and Launchers but I can never get in close enough to see what's on the box photos. They must show different planes with different weapons but it's difficult to make out what planes they are. Also they have 18 or so items in a box but never two of the same item. Two boxes of weapons will cost me more than my 1/72 Hornet diecast! I can't Cut and Paste on this reply to show you specifics of Hornet plane pictures and I am not sure the attachment I've included has worked. It showed a Hornet with three pylons:- 1) a drop tank 2) a bomb 3) a missile and a Sidewinder on the wing tip. So my choice will be the bomb! Is that specific enough?
The Witty Wings F/A-18 Super Hornet, hope the attachment isn't too small, shows you the 'launcher' or 'bomb holder' on its 2nd pylon and that was what I had hoped I could buy from Hasegawa's Set of US Bombs and Missiles with launcher(s) so that my two pylons didn't stay empty.
You said you have an F/A-18B, but you've shown an F/A-18E. They have different numbers of pylons, so you can't copy weapon loads from one to another. You said earlier you needed launchers for 2 missiles, but then said you wanted the bombs. The "bomb holder" on the Witty model's middle pylon is a "CVER" but it is not used for any of the weapons in the pics you've shown. A CVER is only available in 1/72 by buying an entire kit of a Hornet. (technically an F/A-18B should probably use a VER, not a CVER, but they are 99% identical).
Note that several of Dragon's Super Hornets come with CVERs. (but no weapons to put on them)
PS---I own all of Hasegawa's weapon sets, and can tell you what's in what if you need. (note that most of the weapons are not used by a Hornet, so it's a very long list)
Yes I now realize there are many Hornet variants. I have trouble getting my photos of the different Hornet weapons on the DA.C reply screen. And that attachment was indeed of a Super Hornet and that had 3 pylons on each wing. Mine is the F/A-18B and there are a total of four wing pylons and two pylons have nothing on them. Can you tell me what should go on there and which Hasegawa Bomb or Missile set I should get? Some Hornets seem to have Smart Bombs and some have Sparrows. Is that my choice?
All depends on how accurate you want it. Question--you say you have an F-18B. Is it the all-black one? Only F-18B I know of. If so, you'd want all dummy weapons. I have a pic of that plane with several Mk83s.
Sparrows are difficult to put on a 1/72 model, the launchers have to be built from scratch. (I've seen it done, but only once). Sparrows are fairly rare on a Legacy Hornet nowadays, decently common on Super Hornets. I'd love to have Sparrows on mine, but it's not worth the effort IMHO.
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Yes my F/A-18B is black. B for Black or B for Bare Pylons! If they had dummies were they blue and were they dummy bombs? That sounds like trainee pilots to me but why wasn't there weapons training with real bombs or bombs that weren't so powerful but weighed the same as the real ones? I'm not in a place where people would know the difference between an H-Bomb and a hand grenade. So we're getting closer and I may soon get something for those empty pylons. Rather than accuracy I'm after filling an empty space with a 'weapon' even if a dummy. I might also have to get another Hornet but I'm running out of display space.
Yes they were blue, yes they were dummy bombs. I've never seen that plane carry anything else. (dummy missiles, too, but I think that model already comes with dummy Sidewinders on the wingtips).
Now, most pics I've seen of that plane has a drop tank only under the belly, not on the wings, so it carries a total of 4 dummy bombs, 2 on each wing. But you certainly could just put 1 bomb on each wing and 1 drop tank on each wing.
The specific bomb looks like Mk83 to me. They are available in Weapons set # 1.
Thanks for the info and photo of The Hornet for Dummies. If they had dummy weapons they obviously never did weapons training! What's the use of dummy missiles or bombs? The Super Hornet I wanted to get was the 'Diamondbacks' and it seems to be sold out everywhere.
Dummy weapons are for weapons training and/or loading training. They just don't explode. You only need to simulate the weight, release, and targeting to train. The target ranges last a lot longer (and are a lot safer for everyone) if you don't have any explosives in the weapons.
Yes that makes perfect sense to an armchair pilot like me. I've ordered a cheap but good A-10 plastic model kit and will use the bombs like Mk83 from two of its many weapons and paint them the same dummy blue. Buying Hasegawa US Weapons kits and Ground Crew will have to be delayed for a while. Also I see that the 1/72 Super Hornet will have the same lack of weapons on some of its pylons. So yet more homework and getting references and/or photographs to figure out what to put there. My F/A-18B just looks good in black like the Su-47 Berkut does. A bit like the Grumman X-29 which came out first.
I'm NEW here but not new to collecting. I used this blog to decide whether or not to get an F-15 for my collection. Now waiting for my Witty Wings F-16 Eagle to arrive. Decided on the Israeli Air Force, #979 - only because of the pad printed detail. Seems like all of the others were rather plain looking. Will also ad (4) AIM-9B Sidewinder, Heat Seeking Missiles - which are currently missing from this version (?) (I love detail) - to the launchers above the L/R drop tanks. I liked this site so much, I thought I'd better join...
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