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Old 08-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Photos up on Hawkonevoodoo's website. Link to Hobbymastercollector website below this photo.



Hobby Master Air Power Series jet powered 1/72 HA3501 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet BuNo. 163508 AA/401 VFA-81 Sunliners CVW-17, USS Saratoga, CV-60 1991 Operation Desert Storm

So collectors, what do you think?
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I am waiting for HM , cant "handle" the quality of other manufacturer
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Darn you beat me to it ED. It looks pretty nice but I might just get the HA3502
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Outstanding work from HM. Look at the details on the turkey feathers!
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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From the postings I've seen the overall verdict appears to be favourable. These are labelled pre-production photos. If you spot anything you feel should be corrected then emailing William is a good idea.

Aside from that I eagerly look to seeing the release of the Hornet.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The words 'USS SARATOGA' at the rear look like 'USS SAAATOGA' to me but i think it's just the font. Everything else is looking great but i think i'll wait for one with a better weapons load.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The mold itself looks excellent, but I'll wait for a flashier livery with a better weapons load aswell.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well HM have done flashier liveries on their other models, they should be able to do the same for F-18 and F-15, F-16.

One idea I'm suggesting to HM is the feasibility of weapons packs for all 3 aircraft. All 3 aircraft should be big sellers unless they do a (cough) F-111F(cough) out of it So perhaps weapons packs would make sense and correct any loadouts ?
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Im happy to see the F-18 finally after months of waiting.....but i rather wait for a more colorful CAG aircraft to be done....the all-gray scheme doesnt really fit my taste personally. Im sure there will be a lot of versions and liveries still to come.Regarding the weapons load....bombs and missiles with their corresponding pylons....it would be great if HM separately sell it too as option as done with the A-10s
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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have anyone noticed that the AOA probes are missing on the HM F/A-18?
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well virtual_pilot, given you are willing to accept over-sized wings on the F-111F, missing AOA probes should be acceptable to you.
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I'm happy to see the newer release from HM. I've been waiting for a F/A-18... WHY? Because i WANT to display any decent F/A-18 next to my F-14
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Mind me, but what's CAG mean again? Something to do with a high-vis?

Was the F-111 really that bad, or just the F variant? I'm thinking of picking up a Raven
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:09 AM   #14 (permalink)
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if i'm not wrong CAG means Commander, Air Group. and is it right to say that they always get the more colorful liveries?
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I am waiting for HM , cant "handle" the quality of other manufacturer
What, you don't like Sh*tty Wings?
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Mind me, but what's CAG mean again? Something to do with a high-vis?

Was the F-111 really that bad, or just the F variant? I'm thinking of picking up a Raven

CAG is the acronym for Commander Air Group. One of the Carrier's aircraft is painted up with his name on it and it usually sports a more colourful livery. Any pilot on squadron can be assigned a mission using the CAG aircraft though.

Hobby Master's F -111F is a UK base example that was used in the raid on Libya in 1986. The only error that I am aware of is that the wrong wings were used. The F-111F should have the shorter wings like the F-111A.

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Old 08-09-2011, 05:17 AM   #17 (permalink)
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if you look closely on the under side of the hornet just behind the inlet before the landing gear, there's some piece sticking out, anyone knows what is it?
doesn't seem to be on the navy hornets: Boeing F/A-18C Hornet VFA-106 Gladiators Roman 341 NAS Oceana VA take off from NAF El Centro CA | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
but on the swiss hornet it's there, black in color and makes the hm one seem a bit inaccurate : http://images.fast-air.co.uk/090718-...ay-photo-1.jpg
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I can see it in your first picture but not the swiss. Did you mean behinde the nose wheel gear door and before the inlet?
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nope behind the inlet and before the rear landing gear. two of them
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still can't see it. Can you circle them with red colors?
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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i'm using a mac and im not very sure how i can do that. i'll try though
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are you saying the HM is like the swiss hornet and not like the Navy hornet?
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do you mean these two pieces?

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Old 08-09-2011, 05:58 AM   #24 (permalink)
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i was about to add a picture but yeap, what are they?
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not sure what they are, but you are right. It is possible that some US models of the hornet have them and some don't and that the sunliners is one of those that do have them.
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not sure what they are, but you are right. It is possible that some US models of the hornet have them and some don't and that the sunliners is one of those that do have them.
alright thanks. they should do smth about it though cause it's colored black in the vent like thing in real life.
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Peetrick, I googled US navy horents and couldn't see a picture with the black pieces on one! I think David can help us answer this question, may be it is an error after all.
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They look like some sort of flare launchers so maybe removable on each aircraft depend on mission... Just a thought
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I am now confident that that it is indeed a mistake on the HM model, take a look at this thread:

USN F/A-18C vs CF-18AM - ARC Discussion Forums

there are also missing bumps on the US version of the HM model.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:52 PM   #30 (permalink)
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i was about to add a picture but yeap, what are they?
Are you talking about this part?



If so, I believe they are the AN/ALE-39 chaff/flare dispensers and all Hornets had them.

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David at DHP has the answer: http://www.thediecasthangarpub.com/v...=8889&start=80

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I'm very impressed by the amount of knowledge David has on aircraft. Perhaps the manufacturers should hire him as a consultant
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CAG is the acronym for Commander Air Group. One of the Carrier's aircraft is painted up with his name on it and it usually sports a more colourful livery. Any pilot on squadron can be assigned a mission using the CAG aircraft though.

Hobby Master's F -111F is a UK base example that was used in the raid on Libya in 1986. The only error that I am aware of is that the wrong wings were used. The F-111F should have the shorter wings like the F-111A.

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Thanks Peetrick and Dan. So as you said; another pilot can be using a CAG aircraft, and the names next to the cockpit don't change? (be a hassle no?)
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Thanks virtual_pilot and AIRWOLF, but I still can't seem to find them on a us hornet as well. If they are on all hornets, then hm should at least color them black. Is this smth to be notified to them?
virtual_pilot: are the missing bumps you're talking about the ones on the sides infront
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Thanks virtual_pilot and AIRWOLF, but I still can't seem to find them on a us hornet as well. If they are on all hornets, then hm should at least color them black. Is this smth to be notified to them?
virtual_pilot: are the missing bumps you're talking about the ones on the sides infront
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Thanks virtual_pilot and AIRWOLF, but I still can't seem to find them on a us hornet as well. If they are on all hornets, then hm should at least color them black. Is this smth to be notified to them?
virtual_pilot: are the missing bumps you're talking about the ones on the sides infront
they are not supposed to be on the F-18 sunliners in ODS. This an error from HM side. Yes the bumps are on the front sides.
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i see the bumps, just really small.
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HM have released the Hornet. Pub regulars will know about it. For people who aren't in the pub, here is a link
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HM have released the Hornet. Pub regulars will know about it. For people who aren't in the pub, here is a link to the thread
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Thanks for the info Eagle Driver. Is the release currently just in the Asia region since Hobby Master's there? and to let you guys know the pictures of the f/a-18's on the 2nd page of the forum.
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Thanks for the info Eagle Driver. Is the release currently just in the Asia region since Hobby Master's there? and to let you guys know the pictures of the f/a-18's on the 2nd page of the forum.
Hobby Master is based in Hong Kong so the retailers there get the new releases about a month before they are shipped and arrive at Distributers in North America and Europe.

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Unfortunately, these chaff/flare dispensers came on Hornets Lot 18 and above, years after the first Gulf War...
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