Hobby Master HA3545 – 1/72 Scale F/A-18B Hornet Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||23.7 cm||9.33 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.0 cm||6.70 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.
1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet, RAAF – Hobby Master HA3545
Hobby Master diecast model HA3545 replicates in 1/72 scale the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet, s/n A21-116, during 2019 with a Tiger paint scheme to celebrated 35 years of F/A-18B Hornet service with the RAAF. The aircraft is from No.2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU).
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. Developed from the YF-17 by Northrop in partnership with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) who purchased Northrop’s interests in 1985.
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). 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 hard-points, 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.
In 2019, the RAAF celebrated the F/A-18B Hornets 35 years of service and retirement. To commemorate this occasion A21-116, of 2OCU, a fighter training unit stationed at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, received a special Tiger paint scheme. The unit will begin to transition to the F-35A in early 2020.
The tiger motif derives from the use of football team logos in RAAF fighter squadron markings, with 2OCU, using the Richmond VFL team Tiger logo.