Base Kit: 1/72 Academy F/A-18A
You get a heavy duty envelope with 4 plastic sleeves inside. You get:
- 73355 PE, one self-adhesive mostly cockpit, and two really big PE frets for interior and exterior detail
- CX257 Canopy and Wheel mask
- 73008 Remove Before Flight Tags
You also get 2 full pages of instructions, folded so that you have 8 separate half pages of instructions, plus a half page instruction for the masks.
The F/A-18 Hornet has been around for a while, and it looks to be almost as big a winner as its predecessor, the F-4 Phantom. One of the stories going around St. Louis in the 90s was that the plant wanted to build 5058 Hornets, one more than the production run for the Phantom. Well, the production line is still open, and they’re past 1100 now.
The Academy kit is interesting to me because it has markings for a Spanish EF-18 and a Canadian CF-18, as well as an Australian aircraft. My decision was based on the fact that I worked with the Canadian 433 Squadron at an exercise in Wisconsin in 1995, and the markings are for the Porcupine Squadron.