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LF-18 Midget Hornet
« on: February 05, 2011, 05:06:59 am »
In 1980 I think, I bought the first F-18 kit available (Italeri 1/72). I was building all the lightweight modern fighters of the World, and I felt uncomfortable about this F-18: lightweight or not? (F-16 is, F-14/15 aren’t, F-17/18?). :unsure: :-\ :angry: I did not build it and kept the box till now, 30 years later. :blink:
Now I am a (happy) what-ifer ;D, and I will simply turn it/her a very-light-weight airplane! :lol:
(It/she will be biplane, asymmetric, turbojet-less, canard, well: different) :o
Here are the boxart and the parts I will not use:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 05:08:59 am »
And here are the parts I am going to use (already started):
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 01:00:35 pm »
Tophe, you could build a complete aircraft with the bits you DIDN'T use!  ;D :o
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 12:44:10 am »
Tophe, you could build a complete aircraft with the bits you DIDN'T use!  ;D :o
I fear I couldn't dear Kit. Without wings, only a genius (like some of us here) could build a racing-car or something, not me alas.
But, dreaming tonight, I was wondering: why this one would be asymmetric? And the idea came in my mind: this will be a missile launcher (ground-air, flyable only to transfer to a threatened city, than landing and) turning his missiles to the threatening skies... Of course, the tail would be protected from the launching fire: vertical missiles on one wing tip, fins on the other wing...
While (as Kris Kristoferson was singing: "Sunday morning coming down"), here is how the Lightweight F-18, twin-rocket up and down, is looking, drying:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 02:14:47 am »
The Midget Hornet of my dreams is almost finished:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2011, 02:56:06 am »


very nice
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2011, 03:12:20 am »
Thats impressiveso far. :blink: :bow:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2011, 09:55:02 am »
That is incredible, Tophe.    :thumbsup:   Of course, the asymmetry of your tailfins drives me crazy (as it always does) but it would not be a "Tophe" if it was balanced.

Still, I'd like to do this same concept in 1:48 but with the tailfins spread out onto each rear wing, would you mind that?  It's such a good concept!   :bow:   :wub:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011, 10:32:20 am »
Thanks a lot JHM, I was afraid I had hurt all our Canadian friends with this piece of heresy... :blink:
Of course, feel free to be inspired as you want (twin T-tail way for you?). Just know I have been partly directed by the way Italeri cut the parts (mainly for the length in one piece, for the size of lower wings)... With a 1/48 kit, different, you may find best another direction, all is possible. I know your models have wheels, while mine are just desk objects standing on wings... You are a great modeler, I am a crazy bad guy, we don't play the same game - I am simply happy I made you smile ;D
I illustrate below the missile-explanation of my asymmetry (I still have to glue the 2 Sidewinders at mid-starboard wing):
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2011, 11:35:51 am »
Great thinking!
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2011, 11:40:34 am »
The Sidewinders are on, explaining fully the asymmetry:
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2011, 07:10:04 pm »
it's like something out of the battletech universe! ;D
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 01:58:30 am »
The Sidewinders are on, explaining fully the asymmetry:

Salut Tophe
Great job again ,I really like your LF-18 ... But not the asymmetrical missile ...Sorry ... :cheers:
(C'est juste une petite remarque de la part d'un admirateur , vénéré Tophe  :bow: )
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2011, 06:15:55 am »
Arf... the Midget Hornet would have been PERFECT if it had been symmetrical...  :banghead:

 But then, that wouldn't be Tophe, right?  ;D
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Re: LF-18 Midget Hornet
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2011, 10:21:24 am »
I understand your position, just please understand mine: I would like visitors to see at first sight this is a delirious airplane, not existing, impossible.
Your position is very different: you air-enthusiasts know perfectly well the source plane, and you would like her to be hardly transformed but still possible to fly, as much as possible, stable and maybe good fighter. OK, JHM may do what you dream of, I will be happy if he does, celebrating somehow my crazy invention ;D (in a less delirious but far more beautiful way)
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