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Revell Super Hornet with lessons learned

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thanks for your support in this one gentlemen! it loos like the most risky work has been done by now.

 

in the mean time the cockpit is as good as ready. pilot and seat got a coat of flat varnish:

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and a set of resin wheels were delievered to my house. I noticed that the Revell wheels are much too square and have no thread on the tyres:

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Just finished the primer on the fuselage:

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surface detail is quite good, no seams visible anymore!

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hi themongoose, indeed when all is in one color you always appreciate the surface detail and smoothness of the surface more!

 

now that I was almost ready to close up the cockpit, I took one last chance to make up my mind about the following. Look at what the postman brought me this week:

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pilot with JHMCS system. I figured that this is the last moment I have to make up my mind on it. Putting him in the seat looks like this.I think he is a bit better to scale than the Tamiya pilot because hiw helmet does not stick out from above the ejection seat (and with ejecting through the canopy that would not be such a good idea, would it?):

 

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Not bad I would think, although the head is considerably narrower that the Tamiya pilot:

 

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In all fairness, the Tamiya pilot looks a bit bulky even if you don't compare him to the JP productions one.

 

I think I will paint the JP pilot anyway and see how it turns out. My guess would be that if the Super Hornet went on a combat mission, the logical thing to take for the pilot would be to use  this JHMCS helmet.

But if anyone knows what the most accurate scenario would be here, I'm open to any comments!

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17 hours ago, hpetiers said:

 

I think I will paint the JP pilot anyway and see how it turns out. My guess would be that if the Super Hornet went on a combat mission, the logical thing to take for the pilot would be to use  this JHMCS helmet.

But if anyone knows what the most accurate scenario would be here, I'm open to any comments!

 

Honestly, it depends. Helmets were introduced circa 2005ish. Took awhile to outfit, and even then pilots don’t always fly with them (depends on a lot of variables, including qualifications etc). I’d take a look at the www.navy.mil photo gallery and go after what squadron your looking for. You can even see the pilot and WSO wearing different helmets in the 2-seat squadrons, when both have the capability to use it.

 

another detail is the sensor system in the cockpit...am guessing the Revell missed that detail. Jake Melampy’s Book covers it quite well.

HTH

-Peter 

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Hi Peter, thanks for your explanation! My version of the Super Hornet is of the year 2011 so that makes it more likely to have the JHMCS. Now that I have painted the figure after the hottest days of summer, I can say that I will go for this one!

 

This is the figure painted:

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this is a comparison with the much larger Tamiya figure. I made the overall a bit more pink to match the picture from mr. Melampy's awesome book better:

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the cockpit has the ejection seat installed and is ready to get the pilot on board:

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and then finally the pilot is in his seat, time to close up the cockpit!

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for the fact that he is smaller than the Tamiya one, I think he fist just right.

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