|REVIEWER:||Carmel J Attard|
|NOTES:||Italeri kit: 13.5 Euro|
The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet is
a single seat supersonic fighter/ground attack aircraft and flew for the first
The Super Hornet is about 20%
larger, 3,000 Kg empty and 6,800Kg heavier at maximum weight than the original
Hornet. It also carries 33% more internal fuel, increasing mission range by 40%
on the earlier version. Boeing has delivered 367 Super Hornets to the
With the release of the fine model of the FA-18E Super Hornet by Revell I was able to correct the FA-18E bought earlier made by Italeri which had a false dorsal air brake among other items to correct. Reference will therefore be made to the Italeri kit to indicate what it was required to bring to the Revell standard. The Revell kit contains many parts moulded on 4 grey sprues and two clear sprues for the window screen, canopy and HUD parts. Generally the kit is reasonably detailed and has the option of either decorating the raised instrument panel or applying decals issued in the kit box. There are also options for the armament to be fitted under the wing pylons and also alternative decals for two fighter attack Navy squadrons, VFA-137 and VFA-105. The Super Hornet kits I made were both finished in the Revell decal offering. Whereas the Revell kit is completed in markings of VFA-105, the Italeri kit is completed in the more colourful Revell alternative decals option of VFA-137 both of which liveries appear accurate.
I planned to build the kit with the landing gear in the down position in which case the well doors had to be separated from each other using E-xacto blade and carefully sanding the parts at the periphery. For the assembly I followed the kit instructions finding the fit of parts to be perfect but with the exception when arriving to stage 13. As displayed in the attached drawing, the rear portion of the engine, which is part item 5 (marked in dark blue), this does not fit through the rectangular opening indicated unless I had to remove a small area (marked in red) to make way for the assembly to fit. The alternative will be first to assemble stage 5, miss stage 6 so that the rotor front part 12 is added when stage 13 is complete. I opted for the first method and removed area marked red sufficiently to allow the sub assembly 8 to fit in place. This is not complicated as it may sound and is quickly done. The inner sidewalls of the air intake have detail that comes in decal form and is done at a later stage when paintwork is complete.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
Both kits had the inner half of the air intakes finished in gloss white, the rest of the models were painted in Light Ghost Grey Model Master FS36375 for the underside and dark ghost grey Model Master FS 36320 for all upper surfaces except the outer side of both tail fins. Wheel wells and undercarriage were white with outline of well doors in red. Finished models were given a coat of Klear and the decals were applied. The Revell decal is indicated as made in Italy, these were thin and of good quality. I also used some items from the Italeri decal sheet on the Italeri kit. I followed the Revell instruction when it came to colour the under wing armaments. With the decals set in place, another uniform coat of Klear was hand brushed and in the end a final semi gloss coat of MM lacquer was applied to both models.
Carmel J Attard
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