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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3537 Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornet "Nightmare 01", 2006

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3537 Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornet "Nightmare 01", 2006   Mon May 01 2017, 13:56

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/ASS-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/ASS-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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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3537 Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornet "Nightmare 01", 2006   Mon May 01 2017, 16:29

What are "aborted take off ejections"?

Nice looking model!

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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3537 Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornet "Nightmare 01", 2006   Mon May 01 2017, 19:33

TomMarkert wrote:
What are "aborted take off ejections"?

Nice looking model!

Tom

Further research below.

Dan


There is a rather interesting story concerning ejections from Canadian CF-18s and I'm going to bet it's a one off in the entire World? Aircraft 188761, as you have listed on your site as having been ejected from successfully as "over Yellowknife" in June 2004, was this is not quite the case. The Pilot actually ejected while the aircraft was still on the runway, the aircraft came to a stop by itself without over running the runway and actually had to be shut down by response crews. There was minimal damage and the aircraft was repaired, a new seat installed and put back in service. It is flying today.

If this was not enough, the fact that a single seat fighter was ejected from and was able to be repaired (wait for it) this is the second time that this has occurred to this particular aircraft. It was ejected from during an aborted take-off from a Base in England during the late eighties. The aircraft was extensively damaged in that accident and in fact was broken in two. The Pilot was not injured. Six years and countless dollars later MBB in Manching Germany put the aircraft back in service.
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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA3537 Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Hornet "Nightmare 01", 2006   Tue May 02 2017, 08:43

Okay, I figured it was something like that. It must be a bit embarrassing for the pilot to be ejected from a plane doing a taxi maneuver. Obviously a malfunction of some sort.

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