Hobby Master HA3537
1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet Diecast Model s/n 188761,”Nightmare 01″, 409 Sqn, RCAF
4 Wing, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, 2006.
- Wingspan 17.0 cm 6.70 in Approx.
- Length 24.0 cm 9.45 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA3537 – 1/72 Scale CF-188A (F/A-18A) Hornet Diecast Model.
1/72 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA3537 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet. In the commemorative colour scheme of “Night Mare 01”. Assigned to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 4 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force. Based at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.
409 Tactical Fighter Squadron, RCAF.
409 Tactical Fighter Squadron is an active unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Operates the CF-18 Hornet, assigned to 4 Wing, based at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.
Established at RAF Digby in June 1941 as a night fighter squadron with Boulton-Paul Defiants. Moved to RAF Coleby Grange in July and in August converted to the Beaufighter Mk IIf. During June 1942 converted to the Beaufighter Mk VI. Then to Hunsdon, Hertfordshire in March 1944 and converted to the Mosquito Mk XII. Arrived in France in late August 1944 and in April 1945 moved to the Rhine in Germany.
Re-established at RCAF Station Comox on November 1, 1954 as part of NORAD. Equipped with the Avro CF-100, converted to the CF-101 Voodoo in 1962. Transferred to CFB Cold Lake in 1984 and converted to the CF-188. Deployed to CFB Baden-Soellingen as part of Canada’s NATO commitment. The squadron disbanded in 1991 with the withdrawal of Canadian Forces from Europe. Re-established on July 6 2006 at Cold Lake with the merger of 416 and 441 Tactical Fighter Squadrons. One of two operational CF-188 Squadrons at 4 Wing Cold Lake.
The first CF-188 were mainly identical to the F/A-18A and B models. Differences were the 0.6 Mcd night identification light mounted in the gun loading door on the port side of the aircraft. The underside has a painted false canopy intended to confuse the enemy in air-to-air combat.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is an American carrier-capable, all-weather multi-role fighter. Powered by twin turbofans and capable of supersonic speeds. Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop for the US Navy’s VFAX program. Developed from the YF-17, it first flew on November 1978 and entered service in 1983. Northrop partnered with McDonnell Douglas for their expertise in carrier aircraft. The two companies shared component manufacturing, with final assembly by McDonnell Douglas. McDonnell Douglas the prime contractor for naval versions and Northrop air force versions. After a series of lawsuits McDonnell Douglas payed Northrop $50 million for the design rights in 1985.
Originally designed in three variants, the single seat F-18A fighter, A-18A attack and two seat TF-18A. The TF-18 had full mission capability with a reduced fuel load. Improvements in avionics and a redesign enabled the combining of the A-18A and F-18A into one aircraft. On April 1, 1984 the designation changed to F/A-18A/B. The first production F/A-18A flew on April 12, 1980. The naval F-18 differs from the YF-17 with a strengthened air-frame and tailhook. Enlarged folding wings and stabilators. Catapult attachments, widened and strengthened landing gear. Increased fuel capacity, wider aft fuselage and front of engines canted outwards.
The F/A-18 is a multi-mission tactical aircraft. Powered by two General Electric F404 turbofans, giving a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,915 km/h, 1,190 mph). The engine air inlets are of a fixed design limiting the speed to below Mach 2. Highly maneuverable with a high thrust to weight ratio. Features include a digital fly by wire system with quadruple-redundancy. Fore-body vortex-control strakes, generating extra lift and allowing greater angles of attack. Canted vertical stabilizers, trailing edge flaperons, full-length leading edge slats. One the first aircraft to use multi-function displays, enabling the pilot to alternate between fighter and attack modes. Requires half the maintenance time of predecessors, reducing running costs and downtime. Avionics are easily upgraded with the digital multiplexing avionics bus.
From May 1988 the strakes had a small vertical fence added to the top. These enlarged the vortices and direct them away from the vertical stabilizers. Re-designated F/A-18C/D after a major upgrade during 1987. Incorporating new radar, avionics and missiles. Such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM, AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-8 Harpoon. Other improvements included a new ejection seat, self-protection jammer and ground mapping radar. In 1992 some F/A-18As upgraded to the AN/APG-73 radar and re-designated F/A-18A+.
1989 saw the addition of the AN/AAR-50 thermal navigation pod. Along with the AN/AAS-38 NITE Hawk FLIR forward-looking infrared array targeting pod. Together with night vision goggles compatibility, full-color multi-function display and a colour moving map.
The F/A-18D are either trainers or all-weather strike aircraft. The strike aircraft’s rear seat is equipment for a Weapons and Sensors Officer. The primary user is the US Marine Corps for night attack and FAC roles. Production of the C/D Variants ended in 2000. The last F/A-18C going to Finland and the last F/A-18D to the USMC.
The F-18 has 9 hard-points, four under the wings, two on the wingtips and 3 under the fuselage. A 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon in the nose. Able to carry air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles. Bombs include precision-guided munition (PGMs), unguided, nuclear and cluster. Pods include decoy/chaff dispenser, ECM, Navigation and targeting.
E/F/G Super Hornet.
The F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are similar looking to the original F/A-18, but have undergone extensive redesign. Larger and more advanced, larger rectangular shaped air intakes, more powerful GE F414 turbofans and upgraded avionics. The F/A-18F carries a second crew member, a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO). It is in service with the US Navy and Australian air force. The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare version of the F/A-18F and replaced the EA-6B Prowler.
United States Service.
The Hornet first entered operational service in January 1983 with VMFA-314 and VFA-25 in March 1984. Deploying for the first time in February 1985 with VFA-25 and VFA-113 as part of CVW-14 embarked on USS Constellation (CV 64). The US Navy’s Blue Angels changed to the Hornet in 1986. NASA operates several Hornets for research and chase aircraft. The US Navy expects the Hornet to stay in service until replaced by the F-35C Lightning II.
The F/A-18 first saw combat in April 1986. Flying missions against Libyan air defenses during Operation Prairie Fire and El Dorado Canyon. During the 1991 Operation Desert Storm the Hornet demonstrated its versatility. Downing enemy fighters and them bombing enemy targets on the same mission. Both US Navy and US Marine Hornets participated in Operation Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. US Navy Hornets participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
The F/A-18 is in service with several foreign air forces. Including Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland and Spain.
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Hobby Master HA3537 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas CF-188A (F/A-18A) Hornet Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 188761, 409 Sqn, RCAF.