Hobby Master 1/72 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.
Hobby Master HA3541 – 1/72 Scale McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet, No.18 Sqn, TUDM
Hobby Master diecast model HA3541 replicates in 1/72 scale the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet, s/n M45-02 of No.18 Squadron, Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (Royal Malaysian Air Force ) or TUDM in 2015.
The TUDM received the first of eight F/A-18Ds in early 1997. These aircraft equip the newly formed No. 18 Squadron stationed at RMAF Butterworth Air Base.
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.
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.