Thursday, July 23, 2015
I'm a Ram!
Seventy-five years ago, 1 Squadron (RCAF) was the only Canadian fighter Squadron flying in the Battle of Britain. In March 1941, 1 Squadron was renumbered 401 Squadron as part of the Article XV Squadrons agreement. After many years on the shelf, 401 Squadron was reformed on June 30, 2015, at Cold Lake, Alberta, as Canada's newest CF-188 Hornet squadron. On Monday, 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron flew its first operational sortie and the first photos have been released illustrating the "Ram" tail markings. (Photos courtesy of the Canada. Dept. of National Defence.)
Modeler's Note: Really the only CF-18 to consider in 1/72 is the Academy kit. There is an older Hasegawa kit on the market but it is a tough build and lacks detail. Italeri also continually flogs their old kit, as does Revell, but it really isn't worth the time or energy.
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The Hasegawa F-18A is a bear of a kit. I still have nightmares about that one.
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