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  1. Hi guys, It's 6:00 Am on Christmas morning and I can't sleep, So i thought I'd get online and show you what I've been up to so far over my Christmas / New Years holidays. I decided to start my 2018 big and have begun work on Kinetics 1/32 F/A-18 A/B Hornet. This is a re-issue of the Academy kit. Besides the bang seats, decals and anything I scratch up, I think this kit will be mostly OOB. Like with most of my builds, I started by researching what modifications I would need to make to the kit parts, and seeing which parts might need to be replaced. I'd remembered seeing this photo in a post on AMI a few years back so was happy to find it again in my searching. The tails look pretty good, and these mods seem simple enough. As I understand it, the knife blade re-enforcement plates are only on the left hand side of each tail piece, correct? I will be modelling A21-103 from 3 Squadron. There are no decals available for this plane yet in 1/32, though they are the same as for the single seater A21-57, which are included in the Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18 A/B/C/D kit. As noted by Andrew Perren and others, the decals are too dark, but as I will be only using them to scan, enlarge and make stencils from using my portrait cutter, this will not be a problem. I've started out with cutting out, painting and assembling the cockpit and nose landing gear bay. Work has been progressing well so far, but there is a lot more work to go before I'll be happy enough to seal up the tub. I have to change the colours on the rear IP screens as soon as the decals have settled properly. Thats it for now, and as I'm cooking the Christmas lunch today, I won't be getting anymore done until tomorrow. The build is going well so far, with my only complaint about the kit being the instructions being poorly printed. Numbers are unclear and locations are iffy, So Im looking for detailed picture of the real deal when ever I can. Advice and tips are always appreciated. Merry Christmas everyone.
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