1:72 Scale Die-Cast Metal - Boeing F/A-18C Hornet – Length: 9" Wingspan: 6.5”
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weathercarrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (F/A designationfor Fighter/Attack). Designed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. The U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, theBlue Angels, has used the Hornet since 1986.
The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions (LEX). The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and theGrumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.
This model has is a single seat and includes one pilot figure. It includes four missiles (two different types), two wing fuel tanks and one center line fuel tank. It also includes a detailed landing gear as well as the cover of the wheel wells to give the appearance of in-flight. There is no stand included.
This is a limited edition model with a total of 800 pieces. A card similar to a trading card is included in which it has the serial number for the model.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 10 inches by 10 inches by 3.5 inches.