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||Aviation Workshop On Target Profile 9
F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet on Worldwide Service
by Gary Madgwick and Mark Attrill and Illustrated by Mark Rolfe
||Soft cover; A4 format;
112 pages plus covers
GBP19.50 available online from The Aviation Workshop
||Packed with attractive
profiles; many and varied colours and markings across all Hornet
logically organised; includes scrap views, operational and walkaround
photos; detailed and useful captions describing ops, colours, markings and
unusual features; specific references cited; great source of inspiration for modellers.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The Aviation Workshop has released their biggest yet "On Target Profile" book. The subject is the F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet in Worldwide Service.
The book comprises 112 pages in full colour.
The structure of the book is the familiar style of earlier "On Target" titles - some descriptive text at the beginning of each Chapter followed by a wealth of colour profiles and detailed useful captions.
Chapter layout is logical, and covers the first generation Hornet in worldwide
service. The specific chapters are:
- F-18 Hornet Prototype / Development
- F-18 Hornet in service with the US Navy
- F-18 Hornet in service with the US Marine Corps
- F-18 Hornet in service with the Canadian Armed Forces
- F-18 Hornet in service with the Royal Australian Air Force
- F-18 Hornet in Europe
- F-18 Hornet in the Middle East and Far East
This title also includes many reference photos of operational Hornets in US and worldwide service, once again organised logically at the end of each Chapter. This is especially useful to modellers, as the artwork will provide the
inspiration; but a photo will identify a myriad of minutiae.
Captions accompanying the profiles and photos are excellent, describing colours, markings
More than half the book is devoted to the Hornet in the service of "foreign" forces - CAF, RAAF, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Kuwait, Malaysia and more. The coverage of Canadian and Australian Hornets is especially impressive.
The Authors are to be commended for rooting out some of the most varied and colourful schemes seen on these first generation F/A-18 Hornet over its 28 year history, including many CAG birds, Aggressor schemes, Digital camouflage, a Ferris scheme and some of the wild commemorative colours applied by Canada and Australia in the last decade.
All schemes are well depicted in colour profiles by artist Mark Rolfe. The aircraft are often shown with ordnance in place, and
there is a generous allowance of four-view (both sides plus top and bottom) colour illustrations supplementing the profiles every few pages.
If you have the slightest interest in the colours and markings of the F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet, or if you are seeking inspiration for your next modelling project, you need look no further than Aviation Workshop's On Target Profile 9.
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