F/A-18E/F F414 Exhaust Nozzles

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Review Author(s)
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$23.34
Product / Stock #
FA48041
Base Kit
Meng F/A-18 E/F
Company: Fab Scale
Fab Scale F/A-18E/F F414 Exhaust Nozzles

These F/A-18E/F/ [F 414] Exhaust Nozzles (for the Meng Kit primarily) are a recent release by the Chinese manufacturer Fab Scale. Fab Scale’s online presence is hard to find with the provided QR codes stating that the site can’t be reached. The same is for the supplier, Warspite Model Company. These are nice drop-fit replacements for the exhaust on the Meng kit and I suspect it would also fit the Hasegawa kit.

The sturdy box protects the three pieces, each in their own protective Ziplock pouch. There are no instructions included but since this is a rather simple assembly, it is not detrimental. The box art [line drawings] shows the arrangement of the three parts. I removed the 3D supports with a hobby knife, which was easy, and after a quick clean up the parts were ready for painting.

I primed all parts with Gunze Black Primer [1500] and then based coated all parts in Mr. Hobby Super Metallic 2 [SM-205] Super Titanium. This gives a great base coat. I then shaded using mist coats of Alclad II Jet Exhaust & Burnt Iron to simulate the exhaust staining prevalent on all military fighter jets. Once everything dried, I assembled the parts easily. The completed & painted set looks nice and all the interior details and exhaust feather details come to life.

This is a great set for adding that extra touch in the exhaust area in the already excellent Meng kit! I thank Warspite Model Company and IPMS/USA for providing the review sample.

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