The Revell of Germany 1/144th F/A-18C has been on the market since 2005. It’s a great little 1/144th scale jet. The Korean company ACE has re-boxed the Revell kit in recent years, but the plastic is all the same. Although it’s a nice representation of the Legacy Hornet, the Revell F-18 could benefit from some upgrades. Brengun has recently release a small resin set to improve the Revell kit.
Included in this resin set are: new landing gear doors, main wheels, leading edge extension (LEX) fences, ejection seat, new burner cans, a plethora of generic antennas, and a vac-formed canopy. The resin parts are nicely molded. I found two tiny pin holes on one of the main wheels. The vac-formed canopy is crystal clear. However, on my example there was a small blemish in the windscreen.
The ejection seat is leaps and bounds ahead of the kit part. The burner cans better depict the individual “pedals.” However, there is no detail on the inside of the burner cans. The landing gear doors and the LEX fences are much thinner than the kit parts too. The antennas are the same parts that came in Brengun’s 737 update set. This means that there are many antennas that will not be used on one subject alone. The main wheels have slightly more refined detail than the kit parts, but there is no tread pattern like on the real wheels. The canopy will be a nice replacement to the kit parts, especially if you plan to pose the canopy in the open position.
Even though the packaging says these resin parts are for the Revell F-18C, I see no reason why you couldn’t use them on the Revell F-18C or F-18D. Also, there are no instructions included in this set. Most of the parts are self-explanatory, but do check your references for proper placement and to determine which antennas best fit your model.
This is a nice little detail set for the Revell Legacy Hornet. At around $5, I can definitely recommend it as it will make give your little Hornet a little bit more finesse with little effort. A big “thank you” goes out to Brengun for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to conduct the review.
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