The rather rigid box of this kit surprises with quite an extensive amount of plastic details, hidden in it. The artbox is beautiful and looks kinda too colorful, like a sketching for a kid`s book. And that`s a great touch that suggest that this kit is suitable for beginner modelers too. The number of the parts are not quite overwhelming for a plane model in this scale, and the kit does not include any special items such as resin or PE details. The instruction manual is rather small, black and white, and is very easy to understand, while the painting scheme call out is for only 3 airframes:
Plastic details: They are spread over less than 10 sprues, of which only a couple are the larger ones and the others are relatively smaller sprues holding less details. The quality of the details is very nice and satisfyingly good in terms of rivets and panel lines. Of course, some more rivets are always recommended in order to make the model look better. The D-version of F-18 is the modern version of the 2-seater variant, but when looked from close – the rivets are always visible and are almost everywhere. Nevertheless, some areas, for instance let`s take the bay for the airbrake, are very well detailed with plenty of rivets, wires and tubes. The landing gear bays make no exception. The fuselage is made out of 2 halves, upper and lower, while the sides of the intakes should be added to the lower halve of the fuselage too.
Paper parts and canopy: The decals look justice in terms of quality and color, but the carrier film looks a little bit on the thick side. One of the markings options includes very colorful tails, so there is just about everything that one could expect from an OOB decal sheet. The instruction manual features a mere 10 pages and only a part of them concern the building steps. So at first glance it looks like a very easy and effortless kit to build. The canopy is a typical transparent canopy – nothing too special about it, the only downside is the long seamline right in the middle, which will need sanding and polishing.
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Author: Milan Mitev