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||Osprey Modelling 16 -
Modelling the F/A-18 Hornet, by Geoff Coughlin
Osprey Publishing Ltd
||Soft cover; 82 pages plus covers
GBP£12.99 or USD$17.99 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Process of building well
described; plenty of photographs; interesting colour schemes; useful
weathering techniques; good list of reference books; includes colour
||No 1/72 scale kits built
Reviewed by Rodger
Osprey's Modelling the
F/A-18 Hornet is available online from
This new publication in
the Modelling Series from Osprey (number 16) covers the Mc
Donnell-Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
always look forward to new releases in the Modelling Series but was
especially pleased to learn that the next volume was to cover the F/A-18
Hornet as I am a fan of US Naval aviation. The wait was long but well
worth it as Geoff Coughlin has done a sterling job with this one.
The book comprises 82
glossy pages measuring 243mm x 185mm between cardboard covers and is
well illustrated with 102 colour photographs of both the models being
built and of one-to-one-scale Hornets. The photographs are great "modelling
type" ones – read sharp, clear, and up-close.
The book is divided
into nine chapters as well as a handy index. It kicks off with an
introduction followed by a chapter on tools and materials. The latter
chapter covers or more succinctly, reinforces the basics of modelling
before you are launched into the book proper. With this out of the way
the following five chapters cover the builds of five different kits of
The kits covered are
1/48 scale Hasegawa F/A-18C. This kit is built up as
machine from VFA-105 'Gunslingers' during Operation Desert Fox in
1999 using Eagle Strike decals and an Eduard etch metal set.
1/32 scale Academy F/A-18C. Built as a VFA-86
'Sidewinders' aircraft also using Eagle Strike decals, Re-heat etch
metal belt buckles, and an M.V. Products light set.
1/48 Scale Hasegawa F/A-18D. Built as a Royal Malaysian
Air Force machine using a Black Box resin cockpit set, Eduard placard
set/remove before flight tags and F-4dable Models decals.
1/48 scale Italeri F/A-18F. Built as a 'Black Aces'
VFA-41 bird using the Black Box resin cockpit set, Eduard placard
set/remove before flight tags and M.V Products clear lenses for the nose
gear and right fin tip.
1/32 scale Academy F/A-18C kit built as an F/A-18A of
NSWAC Fighter Weapons School. Geoff converts the kit to –A standards as
well as using the Cutting Edge's resin cockpit set and exterior update
set, Eduard placard set and M.V Products clear lenses for the nose
gear. Decals for this build are by Two Bobs.
The remaining chapters
provide suggestions for diorama/display bases and how to effectively
paint and weather your scale Hornet. Available F/A-18 kits, references
and websites round out the book.
All up a nice little package. Well written, well
illustrated and right up to date.
A downside? Yes, there are no 1/72 scale kits
featured. Weather this is a conscious decision by the author or not I
don't know but I would suggest that if the title is "Modelling the
F/A-18 Hornet" and the focus of the book is plastic modelling, I'd
expect to see a couple of 1/72 scale kits included.
The book might not appeal to the "hard bitten"
modeller who right clicks and saves every mention made of modelling
F/A-18s that appears on the net. It is, however, well worth a place on
the shelves of the average modeller.
|Modelling the F/A-18
Osprey Modelling 16
Author: Geoff Coughlin
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
March 20, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768170
Review Copyright © 2005 by Rodger Kelly
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Last updated 26 April, 2005
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