11129 Eduard, Boeing F/A-18 Superbug, Limited Edition 1:48 Scale. FREE Postage
Superbug, F/A 18. Limited Edition 1:48 Scale
11129 - Eduard
The Boeing Super Hornet is an evolutionary redesign of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The Super Hornet was first ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1992. The Navy retained the F/A-18 designation to help sell the program to Congress as a low-risk "derivative", though the Super Hornet is largely a new aircraft.
The Hornet and Super Hornet share many characteristics, including avionics, ejection seats, radar, armament, mission computer software, and maintenance/operating procedures. The initial F/A-18E/F retained most of the avionics systems from the F/A-18C/D's configuration at the time.
The forward fuselage of the Super Hornet is the only unchanged structure from the ‘legacy’ Hornets. The fuselage was stretched, wing area increased by 25%, though the Super Hornet has 42% fewer structural parts. There have been significant aerodynamic changes employing enlarged leading edge extensions (LEX) which provide improved vortex lifting characteristics.
The General Electric F414 engine, developed from the Hornet's F404 has 35% more thrust and this led to along with a more stealthy aspect to a redesign of the air intakes. The Super Hornet has a greater ‘bringback’ of unspent fuel and munitions than the legacy Hornet. The Super Hornet has an extra two hardpoints on the wing giving a total of eleven.
The F/A-18E/F's radar cross-section was reduced greatly from some aspects, mainly the front and rear. While the F/A-18E/F is not a stealth fighter like the F-22, it has a frontal radar cross-section in order of magnitude smaller than previous generation fighters.
The Super Hornet has seen action in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Afganistan. The first aerial kill occurred 18 June 2017 when a Syrian Air Force Su-22 was shot down.
- plastic parts: Hasegawa
- No. of decal options: 5
- Decals: Cartograf
- PE parts: Yes and pre-painted
- painting mask: yes
- resin parts: yes - Seta Undercarriage and wheels
Kit does NOT include glue or paint.
This Limited Edition kit also includes FREE POSTAGE to anywhere in Australia.