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F/A-18E Super Hornet
The U.S. Navy's prime-time Strike Fighter, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the beefed up n' tricked out big brother of the "Legacy" C/D Hornets. With C/D Hornets aging fast and the JSF slow in coming down the pipeline, the Navy needed a hard-hitting carrier-based strike fighter to fill the gap. The answer: the Super Hornet.
About this creation



1: Here's a nice frontal view








2: A look a the Flaps, Ailerons, and Stabilators... all moveable.








3: It might interest you, that Super Hornets have no specific "airbrake" for creating drag. Instead, its aileron's flip "up" and the aircrafts flight computer manipulates them to create drag and control the airplane at the same time. Man I love fly-by-wire.








4: And of course, the wings fold up.








5: Nice tailpipes! You can also see the tailhook down.








6: A closer look at the starboard section of the nose. The "door" opens for the attachment of the mid-air refueling probe. Underneath it there is a pitot-static probe. Forward of the hinge (what could that be for I wonder? :)) is the aoa probe.








7:Here's a closer look at the Avionics bay on the starboard side of the fuselage. This is where the pilot "tells" the aircraft what weapon systems it has on board. Missiles, targeting pods, gun ammo e.t.c. all that fun stuff.








8: The canopy opens. And I think for the fisrt time, after using a hacksaw I'm finally satisfied with the appearance of a LEGOŽ canopy.








9: Cockpit Interior.








10: Underbelly.








11: Rear landing gear - extended.








12: Rear landing gear - retracted.







13: Nose gear - extended.









14: Nose gear - retracted. Due to the nature and size of the nose gear, the two lower antenna fairings are mounted on the bay door. This is not the case on the actual Super Hornet, they are fore and aft of the bay doors.








15: One of the distinguishing features between a Super Hornet and a Legacy Hornet, is the shape of the air intakes. Legacy Hornets have oval-shaped intakes and Super Hornets have angled rectangular intakes. Looking down the air intake, you can get a glimpse of turbofan blades.








16: Here's a little bit better view. I had seen tons of planes with just simple black intakes... and I thought to myself, surely I can do better. For the Super Hornet, bending the intake from outboard to inboard was quite interesting.






17: This is a nice little feature I have yet to see on any aircraft MOC. The top of the nose is detachable allowing for the radome to swing out and reveal the Super Hornet's radar array. It sure makes it easy for those mini-fig maintainers to take care of the radar!








18: I mean come on, who doesn't love APG-79 AESA radars?








19: So far, here's all the weapons I have made for the Super Hornet. 6 AIM-120, 4 LGBU-24s, 2 AIM-9X, 1 HARM, and 1 FLIR.








20: Here is the FLIR on the port "cheek" station. The sensor is able to look straight forward, and rotate 90 degrees to look straight down.








21: Here is a nice multirole mission loadout








22: That's one angry looking Rhino!








23: Now that our Rhino is armed, it's time to gas up at the tanker.








24: Making the connection with the KC-135... aka the LEGOŽ cargo plane, with a couple of jet engines and a drouge attachment.









25-28: How does one become acquainted with Super Hornets you might ask? Well, the inspiration for this model came from my internship with the VX-9 "Vampires" where I was fortunate enough to go on 4 flights in the backseat of the F model Super Hornet and 1 flight in the backseat of a D model Legacy Hornet. The same camera that I used to take pictures of this Moc also snapped these pictures of me during my 1st Super Hornet flight...
Super Hornet=Super Awesome








29: So there you have it! One F/A-18E Super Hornet. I love this creation. It has lots of neat features and playability. But the best part of it, is that it is incredibly rugged. I hate LEGOŽ sets that are so fragile they're impossible to construct!! And generally speaking, the more complex things are, the more delicate they are. Not true with this Super Hornet. I must have dropped this thing a hundred times while building it, and it all stayed intact.
And yes, I plan to build a second. Everything is just cooler if you have a wingman! Which means there is a possibility of me creating a parts list and a set of instructions...



If you read this far you must really love airplanes or you really love LEGOs. Either way, good for you. Hope you got some ideas and a little inspiration to keep imagining, designing and building.

Speaking of a little inspiration, "Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you long to return."
-Leonardo Da Vinci

...so true



Vamprie51 returning to base. out.



Comments

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  April 4, 2014
That is an awesome Super Hornet.
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  August 11, 2013
This is fantastic! My son was just selected to fly this beast with the Navy. He LOVES legos and I would LOVE to make it for him for his winging in December. If you've come up with the instructions for the Super Hornet (1 seat), I would be very happy to pay for them!!
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  August 11, 2013
This is fantastic! My son was just selected to fly this beast with the Navy. He LOVES legos and I would LOVE to make it for him for his winging in December. If you've come up with the instructions for the Super Hornet (1 seat), I would be very happy to pay for them!!
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  January 24, 2013
Very nice and unique.I love the refueling boom and radar beneat the nose.Overall it is really nice creation!
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  August 10, 2012
With all the awesome planes you've built and probably will build, you can pull a full-on air strike against your enemies! That would be wicked cool! Keep it up dude!
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  June 28, 2012
this is the best super hornet on MOCpages! 5/5
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  May 10, 2012
Excellent build! This has always been one of my very favorite airframes, though I have to admit I prefer the old legacy ones. Great work on all the little details.
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  March 8, 2012
very nice work 5/5
  January 19, 2012
Very awesome! when i saw that (my fave plane) i thought, "I GOTTA LOOK AT THIS!!!" You have not dissapointed me in any way!
Scott Behne
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Tyro Cook
  December 18, 2011
I grew up by a navy base and these things flew over every day! You do the super hornet great justice my friend. Hey, do you think you could leave me some constructive feedback on my SK-12? It would be greatly appreciated.
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  July 16, 2011
AWESOME
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  May 6, 2011
Crazy details! Great!
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  November 27, 2010
Excelent my uncle flew tom cats and hornets are ferly similar but amzing deatail and i dont wanna be the opposeing force when that comes on attack ...sabastian
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  November 27, 2010
Excelent my uncle flew tom cats and hornets are ferly similar but amzing deatail and i dont wanna be the opposeing force when that comes on attack ...sabastian
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  November 17, 2010
Wow-you have actually flown in one of these?! Excellent cockpit detail and a very nice ejection seat. Nice to know someone else has resorted to sawing to get the correctly shaped pieces Lego should have got around to making! Very well done.
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  October 28, 2010
Fabulous.
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  October 21, 2010
One of the best fronts I´ve ever seen in a Lego airplane. Congratulations!
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  April 11, 2010
i think that this is the greatest moc EVER!!! i love it.. u should try talk with lego, ask if they need help with aircrafts, because they can't build planes!!!
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  March 23, 2010
Quoting Matthew Crane Dude!! omg!!! you HAVE to get me building instructions 'cause i hve NO realistic planes, and dont ask me to try. because i have, and it looked like flying turd. so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give me some instructions. Great MOC!!! < ( ' . ' ) >
I am morally obligated to NOT give you instructions. Why? The journey is more imprtant than the destination. Think about it. LEGOs are an engineering artform. If I gave you the answer to the problem, you wouldn't learn, or develop your imagination, or enhance your creativity. So for your own sake, I encourage you to keep building, keep imagining, keep creating, develop your mind! Yes its going to be hard, and yes... everything when you first make it looks like a flying turd. But if you persist, and keep trying, refining and practicing you will get better. Nothing worth having ever comes easy! Keep up the good work! -Scott
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  March 18, 2010
Dude!! omg!!! you HAVE to get me building instructions 'cause i hve NO realistic planes, and dont ask me to try. because i have, and it looked like flying turd. so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give me some instructions. Great MOC!!! < ( ' . ' ) >
Scott Behne
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That LDD Guy
  January 5, 2010
Nice!
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  December 20, 2009
Wow that is really detailed. Great job. Looking forward for more creations from you.
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  December 3, 2009
OOOOO! amazing ditail soz about spelling good missles love it
  November 13, 2009
This is nice, but the tail wings, whatever you call them, looks like an F-22
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  October 12, 2009
Really cool looking design, reflecting tons of details of the real thing. Especially the top view and view from behind are cool. My only point of criticism is to make the nose look more round from the sides and from on top. Other than that, great job! Steffen
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  August 22, 2009
WOW.
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  August 21, 2009
Now that is true talent, i belive that is the best lego masterpiece ive ever seen keep up the good work man!!!OUT!!!
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  August 18, 2009
Great likeness and I loved that photo with the missiles and rockets layed out in V-formation. So the way the magazines display aviation weaponry. Top stuff.
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  August 17, 2009
i love the weapons and the full functionality of it
Scott Behne
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masterchief 1
  August 14, 2009
Very cool! Keep up the good work!
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  August 14, 2009
Very authentic, you've captured the very essence of that already beautiful fighter. Keep 'em coming, I'd love to see a J-37 Viggen (a great Swedish fighter plane).
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  August 14, 2009
AWSOME! Realy good built. Those all the missiles fir onder the wing, if they do thats realy cool. The cockpit is nice to, just wondering over the window it look like you cuted of one.
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  August 13, 2009
Awesome! Man that's really cool you got to do all that. You know quite a bit about the Super Hornet. The Hornet has been my favorite jet since I got a model kit when I was like 7 or 8, back in the 80's. I got to see the "Wildcats", aboard the USS George Washington back in 1993, I think it was. It's so cool seeing the aircraft in person. It's good to see stuff like this, Great build!
 
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