Continue the theme of Malaysian subjects, here abit less silly as we celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hornet in the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF/ TUDM) service.
Established in 1 July 1997, No. 18 Squadron “The Mighty Hornets” only consist of 8 F/A-18D Hornet that they received the first 4 in 27 May 1997 and another 4 on 28 August 1997. Unlike the RMAF MiG-29N that tasked on Air superiority role, Hornet is multi-role fighter and able to do strike and air mission. The squadron stationed at RMAF Station Butterworth.
Three of the squadron Hornets along with four BAE Hawks 208s carry out it first real combat mission during the Lahad Datu Incursion under Ops Daulat in destroying fortification around Kampung Tandou with it’s Paveway II laser-guided bombs with the help of army commandos.
The Malaysian Hornets still being upgraded in phases with Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), AIM-9X Sidewinder, Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) which would be on par with Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block 1 capabilities.
The idea started when during the LIMA 2017 in March where they reveal the marking for the 20th Anniversary of the Hornet service and then in July 2017 it expanded to camo for the first plane of the squadron with black and red motive on the top of the fuselage.
The build is quite straight forwards with no major challenges that i can’t think off with the kit other than a few modification to make the accurate TUDM ver using the list provided by F-4D Able Models which admittedly i don’t follow all of it. I also load up some Paveway bombs from Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons: VI US Smart Bombs kit.
The color that is used in this project are:
- MR.Color 337 Grayish Blue FS35237 – Body
- MR.Color 325 Gray FS26440 – Nose
- Modo MK-12 Surfacer Black – Base coat
- WarPaints Matt Black
- WarPaints Dragon Red
- WarPaints GunMetal
- WarPaints Matt White
- Warpaints Army Green + Matt Black – Bomb
- Warpaints Uniform Grey + Matt Black – Sidewinders
At first the plan is to just print my own decal for the anniversary specific markings since i already have a few RMAF aftermarket decal in my stash that is waiting to be used but later on a local FB group selling this decal *for probably limited time* so end up snatching that instead to save time. Come in 1/72 and 1/48 too.
Also i added a base to the mix which i get from one of the Deagostini magazine models and drill a hole at the lower fuselage to make it fit. End up using the sticker sheet for the base logo.
I was hopping i would able to finish this on 31st of August this year to align with the Malaysia Independence day but stuff happen along the way.
Comparing to RMAF SU-50MKM