Hobby Master 1/72 Airpower Series
|Length||25.4 cm||10.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||18.9 cm||7.44 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable crew figurines
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA5107 – 1/72 Scale Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-31, US Navy
Hobby Master diecast model HA5805 replicates in 1/72 scale the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, s/n 168493, tail code AJ/100. Commander Air Group (CAG) aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA- 31) “Tomcatters”. Over Christmas of 2008, this Hornet had a Santa hat and present added to the Felix logo.
The squadron deployed with Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-7) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) from September 2008 until April 2009 during which it flew in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Established as VF-31 ” Tomcatters” on July 1, 1935, it is the second oldest active US Navy squadron. In 2006 transitioned to the F/A-18E Hornet, along with a designation change to VFA-31. The unit’s current base is NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is an American twin-engine carrier-capable multi-role monoplane fighter, larger and more advanced than the F/A-18 that it is based. The main variants are the F/A-18E (single-seat), F/A-18F (tandem-seat) and electronic warfare (EA-18G Growler). Designed for the US Navy, it first flew on November 29, 1995, entering service in September 2001 with VFA-115. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the only other operator of the type.
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 is a cantilever swept-back structure with twin outward canted fins and horizontal stabilators. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
Powered by two General Electric F414 afterburning axial flow turbofans engines mounted in the fuselage, the Super Hornet has a maximum speed of 1,915 km/h (1,190 mph), a range of 2,346 km (1,458 mi), and a service ceiling of 15,000 m + (50,000 ft +).
Armament consists of one 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A2 Vulcan rotary cannon in the nose. Eleven external hard-points, able to carry up to 8,050 kgs (17,750 lbs) of stores: one on each wing-tip, three under each wing and three under the fuselage. Ordnance included air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-shipping missiles, unguided rockets, guided or unguided bombs including nuclear, mission-specific pods, and drop tanks.