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Hobby Master 1/72 F/A-18C Hornet USN VA-81 Sunliners, AA401, USS Saratoga, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

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Hobby Master 1:72 HA3501
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model
USN VA-81 Sunliners, AA401, USS Saratoga, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

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1:72 Scale                                                       Length           Width
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet           9.25"             6.25"

VFA-81 (Strike Fighter Squadron 81) the "Sunliners" was VF-81 until 4th February 1988 when they transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet. The squadron deployed three times on the USS Saratoga between 1990 and 1994. On 17th January 1991 while flying from USS Saratoga during Operation Desert Storm F/A-18s from VFA-81 destroyed two Iraqi MiG-21s. The first USN victory of ODS came when Lt. Commander Mark Fox destroyed an Iraqi MiG-21 with a Sidewinder missile. In March 1991 VFA-81 returned to what was then their home NAS Cecil Field, Florida.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet
Designed as a replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk and the A-7 Corsair II and as a complement to the F-14 Tomcat, the F/A-18 first flew on November 18, 1978. Perhaps best known as the aircraft of the US Navy's Blue Angels, this carrier-capable, supersonic, all-weather fighter has many roles, including fighter escort, fleet air defense and close air support. The F/A-18 is a versatile aircraft: it can operate from carriers or land bases and a single switch converts it from fighter to strike mode. During Operation Desert Storm, the F/A-18 proved that, on a single mission, one aircraft could serve as both fighter and a bomber.

Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F/A-18 Hornet is a quality model with many fine features, skillfully designed and manufactured with modern techniques. The canopy can be removed for an unobstructed view of the cockpits pad-printed instrument panel and interior features. A separate canopy with a fixed actuator is included for display in the open position. The speed brake can be configured in the deployed position, and the landing gear and gear doors are constructed as subassemblies for quick and easy ground configuration. The series includes the single-seat F/A-18C and the two-seat F/A-18D. Each release is fitted with removable ordnance appropriate to its mission (see photos).


Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

    Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
    Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
    Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
    Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
    Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
    Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
    Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
    Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

Additional Information

Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country United States
Scale 1:72
Type Jet Aircraft
Series F/A-18
Color Grey
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