1:48 Kinetic Kits, Reviews 'n' Builds Showcase US Navy


The F-18 Hornet is a beautiful machine, replicated perfectly by Kinetic. Add Swiss markings and you have a stunning addition to the display case...



Well, after a full few days of work, my second F-18 is complete. This time built from the Kinetic 1:48 kit, this model replicates a Swiss Air Force jet and so the challenge this time was to create an interestingly weathered matt finish without going over the top (this particular aircraft was pretty much immaculate…) and then add the gloss red trim and blend the whole lot together to replicate how the actual aircraft looks, or rather looked, in service. Thanks to a number of mistakes (one of them pretty much terminal…), this is a most definitely a 3-foot model, but in the end I’m happy to have finished it and happy that I now have this aircraft, in this scale, in my collection.
See what you think…

I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

12 comments on “KINETIC’S 1:48 F-18 HORNET: A FINE LEGACY KIT

  1. Lovely model Spencer, I like the subtle streaking and ott weathering avoidance strategy. So often good models are marred by huge attacks on weathering which is great and a display of skill, but they fail due to the uniformity of the effect. Many fail to see that most subjects have a variance in sheen and surface texture. Great photography, hope you are well, Cheers.


  2. kfutter

    I like it! Can’t see any terminal mistakes from here (though I’m substantially further than 3 feet way…).


  3. Jim McLaughlin

    It looks great in the photos. Can you please share what the “terminal” problem is?


    • Yeah, when I was painting the model, some overspray crept into the windscreen through the open refuelling bay (the hole was tiny so I didn’t think about it!). Cleaning up the inside of the glazing I damaged it and then the upper coaming and then to make matters worse, couldn’t get the HUD in place and that added more damage. Fortunately the issues can’t be seen in the pictures, but I will discuss them in the feature… 😦


      • Don Harding

        That’s not “terminal”. That’s standard for me.

        But not for you. Great model, love the finish.


  4. Luiz Carlos

    Looking so good…the subtle weathering effects are perfect !



  5. Nice overall build. How was the fit of this kit compared to a Hasegawa 1/48 kit? I’ve heard good & bad on these particular kits but they look like Hornets in the end.


    • From memory, it’s a lot easier to build that the Hasegawa kit, but the fit is still patchy, the nose and underside of the LEX being particularly troublesome! It’s fun, but not shake and bake, but remains the best 1:48 Legacy Hornet available to the modeller…


  6. Christian Atkins

    HI Spencer, very nice, especially the understated weathering that adds so much more interest to the finish, (not Finnish as it’s Swiss… I’ll get my coat…). Nice recovery, wish mine were as good. Where will it be published?.



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