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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3526 RCAF CF-18 Hornet "Battle of Britain" Scheme 2015

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3526 RCAF CF-18 Hornet "Battle of Britain" Scheme 2015   Mon Mar 13 2017, 00:27

Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
RCAF CF-18A Hornet
2015 "Battle of Britain" Commemorative Scheme

October 2015 Release

Production Limited 800

The RCAF's CF-18 Demonstration Team's theme for 2015 featured the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and Canada's historic contribution to it. The specially painted CF-18 Hornet has a unique commemorative paint job designed by veteran design director, Jim Belliveau. Of note are the fake .303 machine gun ports painted on the leading edge of the wings. The Demo Hornet team successfully performed at numerous U.S. and Canadian Air Shows during the 2015 season.

Canada and the Battle of Britain

More than 100 Canadians are deemed to have participated in the Battle of Britain, and 23 lost their lives. A Royal Canadian Air Force Hurricane squadron fought during the Battle; No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron, whose pilots were from both a regular force unit and an auxiliary unit, became operational on August 17, 1940. It was known as “RCAF” to distinguish itself from the RAF’s No. 1 Squadron but in February 1941 it was designated 401 Squadron.

Three members of No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their efforts during the Battle of Britain: the commanding officer, Squadron Leader Ernie McNab; his second-in-command, Flight Lieutenant Gordon Roy McGregor; and Flying Officer “Dal” Russel.

Below: Squadron Leader McNab of No.1 RCAF Squadron in front of his Hurricane I based at Northolt.

Canadians also fought in the Hurricane equipped RAF’s 242 (Canadian) Squadron, which was heavily, although not exclusively, Canadian. It was led by RAF Squadron Leader Douglas Bader during the Battle of Britain.

Many more flew with other RAF squadrons – as well as Bomber and Coastal Commands providing support to operations to prevent the German invasion. An untold number served as groundcrew, keeping the fighters flying.

From War Hero to Airline President - Group Captain Gordon McGregor RCAF, DFC

Painted on the Starboard vertical tail of the CF-18 is the image of Flight Lieutenant Gordon McGregor (the port side features an image of Winston Churchill). The aircraft has the Squadron Serial letters YO-H which was on the side of the fuselage of a Hurricane I of No.1 RCAF Squadron flown by F/L Gordon McGregor RCAF, DFC in which he scored the Squadron's first kill during the Battle of Britain. McGregor went on to finish the War as an Ace with the rank of Group Captain (Colonel for our American Cousins).

Gordon McGregor went on after the war to be President of Trans Canada Airlines (renamed Air Canada in 1965) for twenty years from 1948-1969.

Below is the link to McGregor's biography on the Aces of WWII website.

Gordie McGregor

Below: F/L Gordon McGregor (left) waiting to be "scrambled" during operations in 1940.

The Model

This is the fifth Canadian CF-18 release by Hobby Master.

The model is well executed and is free of any quality control issues. All the parts fit together well and the paint is flawless. Hobby Master's F/A-18 Hornet tooling is still the best one out there.

Since the actual aircraft only flew aerobatic maneuvers at Airshows - no weapons were ever carried. A centreline baggage pod was only occasionally used while travelling to different Airshow locations, but this unique (never tooled before) feature would have added about $5 to the retail price, and as a result was not added.

Production is sold out at the factory level and with production being only 800 (compared with 2,000 for the similarly themed Corgi Typhoon) - get one while you can!

Highly recommended.


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