Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dragon Wings 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet + Flight Deck

Latest model arrived this week and finally I managed to get some photos:

It's an F-18F Super Hornet in 1/72 + flight deck from Dragon Wings.

This is the 2nd F-18F in my 1/72 Navy Collection and it features the
markings of the VFA-102 Diamondbacks.

Quality: not as good as a Century Wings or HobbyMaster model, but it looks good.
Dragon Models don't provide the pilot & navigator figures but HobbyMaster pilots
can fit in someway.

The weapon set is ok; the Hornet can be loaded up pretty well with the ones provided.
The assembly is a bit difficult, the parts don't fit that easily, some glue might be required.
It consists of a drop tank, two GBU-10 laser-guided bombs, 2 AGM-84 anti-ship missiles and 2 AIM-120 air-to-air missiles.

The stand: awful as always, I really don't trust these flimsy plastic stands.
It's quite a heavy model, so Witty Wings stands are the best choice being in metal and therefore more solid.

The Flight Deck: Well done.It's made of solid cardboard and it's big; both parts, together, measure 21 inches in length.The set also includes a fire truck and an aircraft director personnel.

Overall, a very neat diorama!

2 comments:

  1. Hi there, I would like to ask you a question relating the the words you wrote "The assembly is a bit difficult, the parts don't fit that easily, some glue might be required", are you referring to the ordnance or does the main aircraft need to be assembled

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  2. Hi there, sorry for the very late reply. Actually I was refering to the weapon set on the F-18. The aircraft is entirely in diecast and assembly consists only landing gear & weapons. Bombs & missiles don't fit so well as they tend to come off very easily. After a few attempts, the plastic fittings might get loose, so a tiny drop of liquid glue (for plastics) might be needed. Hope this helps :)

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