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  • Hobby Master HA3537 RCAF CF-18A Hornet "Nightmare 01" 409 Squadron, Cold Lake

    Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
    HA3537
    RCAF CF-18A Hornet "Nightmare 01"
    188761, 409 Sqn., 2006
    CFB Cold Lake, Alberta

    December 2016 Release as announced on Hawkone's website.

    Hobby Master Air Power Series jet powered 1/72 HA3537 CF-18A Hornet "Nightmare 01" 188761, 409 Sqn., CAF, 2006

    Artwork to come.

    Dan



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    Artwork added.

    Dan

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      Final Product Photos are up on Hawkone's website.

      http://www.hobbymastercollector.com/HA3537.html

      Dan


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        Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
        HA3537
        Canadian Armed Forces CF-18A Hornet "Nightmare 01"
        #188761, 409 Sqn., 2006
        CFB Cold Lake, Alberta

        December 2016 Release

        This aircraft was specially painted to commemorate the re-activation of No.409 "Night Hawk" Squadron at Cold Lake on July 6, 2006.

        (Photos of the actual aircraft are from Hazer's Flightline website).

        This was not just a demo aircraft. It was used operationally and would be equivalent to a US Navy CAG aircraft with the squadron's C.O. name - LCol Todd Balfe under the canopy. Todd was actually one of my Flight Instructors on the Tutor during my RCAF training days. He is now serving as a Brigadier General.

        There are also markings noting two separate ground incidents (both aborted take off ejections) that occurred on this aircraft.







        This model is the sixth Canadian CF-18 release by Hobby Master and is an accurate representation of "Nightmare 01" which commemorated the rebirth of No. 409 "Nighthawk" Squadron in 2006.

        Hobby Master's legacy Hornet tooling is still the most accurate available in die cast. My model had no issues with paint quality and all the parts fit together well.

        Armament provided for the model is the following.

        1) 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinders
        2) 2 x GBU-12 LGBs
        3) 3 x external fuel tanks
        4) AN/***-38B "Nitehawk" Targetting pod on the port fuselage station.
        5) 1 x AIM-120 AMRAAM (began to replace AIM-7 Sparrow in 2003) - on the starboard fuselage station.

        Nice to see that an accurate armament load out can be displayed here with the older targeting pod (AN/***-38B "Nitehawk" which was obtained in 1999 for the War in Kosovo and replaced by SNIPER in late 2007) on the port fuselage station.

        Two dual AMRAAM launchers for under the wings are also provided but would not be accurate to display the model with these as they were first used (one dual launcher at a time) during the enforcement of the Libya No Fly Zone in 2011. Personally I have made the choice to display the model with the more accurate LGBs under the wings.

        Overall, another excellent Canadian Hornet by Hobby Master. An absolute must for the Canadian collection.

        Dan





























        Below: Seen with Hobby Master's HA3704 CF-101B Voodoo "Hawk One Canada" also of No. 409 Squadron.

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