Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F/A-18C kit depicting a Hornet from
VFA-22 ‘Fighting Redcocks’
YCBARC ‘ You can’t beat a Red Cock !! ‘. Serial 164012 Aircraft ‘314’
from USS Carl Vinson during ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’.
Weapons loadout on the aircraft is for when the aircraft was working
with a FAC, both day and night.
Decal markings came from the excellent “Two Bobs” Aviation Graphics
Additional detailing took the form of a “Black Box” cockpit set
48063 with GBUs supplied from the Hasegawa Weapons Set ‘D’. The
Aim-120 AMRAAM came from a ‘SOL’ set. Some Eduard ‘Remove before
Flight’ flags were used in the most appropriate areas. These RBFs
come as a photo-etch already painted and are excellent to use. Just
snip them off and twist them to give the impression of blowing in
the breeze then attach with a drop of Super Glue.
The Aim-9 Sidewinder seeker head covers are from an ‘Airwaves’ set.
The model was painted entirely using my Testors Aztek airbrush that
I’ve been using reliably for about 10 - 15 years. Gunze Sangyo
acrylic paints were used throughout with additional weathering done
using some pastel chalks from a model railway locomotive weathering
kit. The model was matted down after decaling using Gunze Sangyo
Matt varnish with a drop or two of the aircraft upper colour added
which when applied toned down the markings nicely.
The aircraft's canopy and windscreen was also dipped in ‘Future’
to improve the plastics clarity.