Friday, June 23, 2017

Pete´s mancave news 6/2017

The Originals by Hans Mayer

It´s summer! Summer is not the time we visit the mancave often. Summertime is the perfect time spotting aircraft, A good old friend of mine, Hans Mayer managed to make some incredible pictures of German Aircraft in the last weeks. Have fun!

Duke of  Bavaria 2017 Part II

In April I visited the Duke of Bavaria and found some pictures I have not posted here. While watching them I was really amassed about the high level of painting these guys achieve. If I had the skills, I would have bought the Hockey Goaltender! It was a real pleasant weekend ´cause I met some old and some new friends.

Hobby Boss F/A-18D Hornet 1/48

Wikipedia tells us about the Hornet:
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,200 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20-mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions. The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.
The Hornet first saw combat action during the 1986 United States bombing of Libya and subsequently participated in the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. The F/A-18 Hornet provided the baseline design for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, its larger, evolutionary redesign.

Beside enjoying the summertime, I decided to start a new project! The Hobby Boss F/A-18 D Hornet in 1/48! First steps are done and I will keep you updated.

Happy modelling!


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