|Length||23.7 cm||9.3 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.0 cm||6.7 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot and crew figurines
- Optional ordnance
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA3554 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, 75 Sqn, RAAF
Hobby Master diecast model HA3554 replicates in 1/72 scale the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, s/n A21-23, No.75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) adorned in the Worimi Scheme.
The Worimi Hornet, unveiled at the 2015 Australian International Airshow, features Aboriginal artwork in honour of the traditional landowners on which RAAF Base Williamtown sits. The artwork depicts Kilyarr Kilyarr, the wedge-tailed eagle with pilot markings of Warrant Officer Len Waters, The RAAF’s first known Aboriginal fighter pilot. The Worimi Hornet flew its last sortie on December 10, 2020, and will be displayed at the Fighter World Aviation Heritage Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Classic Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is an American carrier-capable, all-weather multi-role fighter. The first flight took place on November 18, 1978, entering operational service in January 1983 with VMFA-314. It was developed from the YF-17 by Northrop in partnership with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), who purchased Northrop’s interests in 1985.
The main variants were the single-seat F/A-18A and upgraded F/A-18C, the tandem-seat -B and upgraded -D is either a trainer or all-weather strike aircraft. Production ended in 2,000 with 1,480 airframes built.
Construction is mainly of aluminium alloy and carbon fibre composites with a semi-monocoque fuselage, mid-mounted cantilevered trapezoidal wings, and leading-edge extensions (LEX). The tail unit has twin outward canted fins and horizontal stabilators. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
Powered by two General Electric F404-GE-402 afterburning turbofan engines, the F/A-18 has a cruise speed of 1,062 km/h (660 mph), a maximum speed of 1,915 km/h (1,190 mph), a 15,000 m (50,000 ft) service ceiling and range of 2,017 km (1,253 mi).
Armament consists of a single internal nose-mounted 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon. With nine external hardpoints, able to carry up to 6,200 kg (13,700 lb) of payload, one on each wingtip, two under each wing, and three under-fuselage. Ordnance included air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-shipping, decoy and cruise missiles, guided and unguided bombs, rockets, mission-specific pods, and drop tanks.