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425 Alouettes CF-188 Hornet (Academy)

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Hi guy's;


My name is Stephane (same a Stephen but french) Pelletier and this is my 1st build thread on this great forum. Been lurking for some time now, and i have finaly have the courage to start my own build thread.


I always wanted to build a Cf-188 from the 425 Alouettes squadron based in Bagotville, Quebec.

My little brother father in law was a Weapon specialist, navigator on one. I can't do his plane as it was a 2 seaters but still can build one from his squadron.


The plane i want to build:



Credit: 2011 Barry Griffiths 




I'm pretty new to scale model planes and never wrote any real build thread, also my first language is french so, please bear with me ;)

I'm a real slow builder and have a tendancy of leaving build to start new one when i encounter big problems... I have currently have on the bench:

a Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair,Tamiya P-51D (scared of alclad syndrome) a Revell BF-109 G6 and a Revell Spitfire Mk2a  + 1/35 armor, 1/48 planes etc... each in different build phase...  ;)


The kit i will use for this build is the Academy F/A-18A+ 





The after market i will use..





Ares F/A-18C hornet wheel bays

Ares exhaust nozzles (not so sure after reading Chuck CF-188b thread)

Wolfpack F/A-18A+ cockpit set

Eduard f-18 placards

Eduard f-18 exterior

Eduard f-18 mesh set

Eduard remove before flight (fabric)

Rhino intake and wheel set

Scale aircraft conversion main landing gears (not to sure again...)

Canuck CF-188 Hornet Fip marking decals


For Doc's i will be using Daco, In detail&scale F-18A-B, Squadron signal fa-18 hornet, Chuck build thread on the CF188B and the internet.


I started cleaning the resin after market that i will use:


Ares F/A-18C hornet wheel bays

Wolfpack F/A-18A+ cockpit set (generate huge amount of dust!!!)





Thats it for now, told you i'm slow  ;)


Any comment,constructive comments and tip are welcome :)

Just keep in mind that i build model for myself, relaxation and not for competition (never been in one) but i still want to do a good job... 




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Glad to see your first build thread, Stephane! I think you'll find that it will help you with all the usual issues you have with a complex build, including motivation to continue, help solving problems, and encouragement when things get difficult. I'm sure you'll do great!



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Hi guy's;


Told you i'm not a fast builder... I just finished most of the cockpit, still need touch up.


Here it is with no IP




With the IP, need to work the glass panels a bit more:




With the ejection seat:






The ejection seat (seem that a lot of dust invaded my workplace...):

Need to tone down the ejection loop whatever it named...




I'm sorry for the delay in my update but this one is the reason:


My Tamiya F4U-1A:










Next step for the Cf-188, Gear wells... They scare me!!! to much details!


As usual, any criticism and comments are welcome :)




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