Old Hornet Project Revisited

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Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Mon May 11, 2020 2:35 pm

I started this project nearly 10 years ago when these were pretty new. The idea was to have a Hornet that was not like everyone else's Hornet. Not out-of-the-box versions are what I'm after. I have an F-86F that has been converted to a fighter/bomber variant in SAAF markings, an F-104 Starfighter pictured in a previous post that has some modifications, and an F-14 (next on the bench) being converted to a "D" Bombcat and remarked VF-31. This Hornet started as a two-person attempt to make them "more than the others". My partner in crime was MIG29K who somewhat finished his (look in the archives here for the results) and the results were fantastic. Mine on the other hand was boxed after awhile and left for the future. Well, I finally stopped waiting and started working.
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This is what I pulled from storage. The nose cone was cut off, the speed brake cut out, rudders and elevons removed, canopy removed, and the wingtip rails were changed. So I started with the tail...
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The speed brake well is completely fabricated and the ram has been added, a little more weathering and adding the hydraulic lines....it's done.
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The nose has been re-attached and partially painted.
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The rudders and elevons have been hinged and re-attached.

So the saga continues...one of these days (soon I hope) this will be finished and then on to the next challenge!
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by YT » Tue May 12, 2020 11:53 am

Nice work!
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Tue May 12, 2020 12:22 pm

Thank you, sir....been working on this for awhile. Had to clean up the speed brake well a little before adding those hydraulic lines...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Fri May 15, 2020 3:04 am

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The latest....working on the canopy side rails and actuators that open/close the canopy just behind the seat.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by blackblast » Fri May 15, 2020 10:50 am

Very cool work, thamks for sharing

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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Sun May 17, 2020 6:55 am

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Added canopy rail cameras and ejection bottles.
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Post by Folkwulfe » Sun May 17, 2020 7:01 am

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...and painted the anti glare panel.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Sun May 17, 2020 8:54 pm

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I believe we have a winner! It's rough...but it works...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Wed May 20, 2020 10:13 am

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All dressed up and almost ready to reattach the canopy...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by A-10LOADER » Fri May 22, 2020 8:58 am

Nice job. It's good to see others than myself, taking on these projects.

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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Fri May 22, 2020 9:42 pm

Can't hold a candle to your work A10....but I'm trying!
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Fri May 22, 2020 9:47 pm

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The entire tail is now moveable...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by A-10LOADER » Sat May 23, 2020 7:20 am

From what I see everything looks good. Like I said, at least your working on your projects unlike others who just "talk" about doing things.
Keep up the great work, the more you do the better you'll get.

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Post by Folkwulfe » Sat May 23, 2020 5:27 pm

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Not pretty, but on the way...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Sun May 24, 2020 6:05 am

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The finished version for now...on to other parts.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by A-10LOADER » Sun May 24, 2020 11:23 am

Nice work.

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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Sun May 24, 2020 12:32 pm

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Okay...so the nose I'm happy with....but...

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I am NOT happy with the speed brake well. Looking kinda plain....needs more work I guess.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Axis Nightmare » Sun May 24, 2020 7:20 pm

Sounds familiar! I'm probably my biggest critic and one reason why I have such a hard time finishing projects. I'm always finding that one more thing that's just not good enough. What I'm seeing here is some more of your fine work. I'm sure you'll end up with the best looking speed brake anywhere. :wink:
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Mon May 25, 2020 2:56 pm

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Finally got happy with the canopy actuator and its operation. Had to remove and redo both hinges to make it work properly.

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Looks good...works good.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Mon May 25, 2020 6:07 pm

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Okay guys....here she is 95% done.
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Axis Nightmare » Mon May 25, 2020 6:37 pm

Impressive isn't good enough. I'll have to think of a better term. And it doesn't even have the ordinance yet!
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by Folkwulfe » Tue May 26, 2020 2:30 pm

Thank you sir....we do try...
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Re: Old Hornet Project Revisited

Post by tmanthegreat » Fri May 29, 2020 7:14 pm

Very nice work!
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