Introduced in January of 1983, the F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-purpose combat jet operating with the U.S. Navy and Marines. The aircraft participated in both the Gulf War and Iraq War, and is still in service around the world, including the United States. It can perform both fighter and attack duties, powerfully equipped with a wide variety of bombs, in addition to air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. More than 1,400 units have been built and it has spawned the more modern variant, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast model is a reproduction of an F/A-18C operating with VFA-94 "Mighty Shrikes" — a unit that calls themselves the "Hobos in Hornets" — during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It features signature orange accents and tail artwork, engraved panel lines, an opening canopy, a removable pilot figure, a well-equipped cockpit including a detailed instrument panel, full weapons complement, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a mid-flight display stand. Measures approximately 9¼" long with a 6¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA3529