High Poly Hornet Staff Pick

  • March 30, 2013
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ChrisKuhn
  • License: CC-BY
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A fairly accurate model of the F/A-18 Hornet (two-seat "B" version). Details include landing gear, engine areas, etc. Cockpit is "blocked out" only.

Note: Textures must be unpacked before rendering!

Most of the textures are included... but I made the decals and a few "tweaks" in GIMP after the render. Shouldn't be too hard to reproduce. The textures are fairly basic, anyway... most of the details are modeled.

In anyone's interested, you can also vote on my future BlendSwap projects here.


  • JoshuaS profile picture

    As always an amazing render, i followed the wip in facebook and the result is as stunning as the construction itself, good work and thanks :)

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Thanks :)

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • gregzaal profile picture

    Great model man, amazing texturing too :D

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Thanks, man... means a lot coming from you. Unfortunately, the textures aren't up to the same standard as the model... they break the illusion on a zoom way before the modeling does. Ah, well... live and learn, right?

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • gregzaal profile picture

    There's no better way to learn imo :)

    Edited April 02, 2013
  • tribs profile picture

    I am inspired!

    Written March 31, 2013
  • bor3d profile picture

    Amazing work !

    I noticed a little problem on GBU-12 bomb. One of the front wings is slided down on some reason :)

    Written March 31, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Huh... I just took a look and you're totally right. Not sure how I managed to screw that up:) Should be an easy fix, though - just set the cursor to the bomb's tip, set your "Piovt Point" to 3D cursor, and then rotate the misplaced fin on X-Axis by -45 degrees. Textures won't be affected. I don't figure it's worth re-uploading a 26 MB file to fix this little glitch:)

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • ledemonhacker profile picture

    nice model !

    Written March 31, 2013
  • pranavjit profile picture

    reminded me of GTA san andreas. very nice work.

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • dont4getmurdock profile picture

    Amazing model, thanks for sharing :)

    Written March 31, 2013
  • toepinch profile picture

    I love your work dude

    Written March 31, 2013
  • nickbrunner profile picture

    Great model!!

    Written March 31, 2013
  • oldtimer profile picture

    No doubt. It's singular wonderful model.

    Edited March 31, 2013
  • stealthworks profile picture

    Fantastic model-you've got the proportions just right! Any plans to do an F14 Tomcat (Top Gun)? Would love to see a properly modelled Tomcat.

    Written April 01, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Oh, dude :) Funny you should mention that... I was torn between the F-18 and the F-14. Finally went with the 18 because a friend of mine used to work on them and he offered to give me a few pointers. But I would love to do the 14 someday. Got too many projects on the plate right now, though, unfortunately.

    Written April 02, 2013
  • stealthworks profile picture

    Well if anyone could do justice to the Tomcat its you! Go on mate - do it - you know you want to! :)

    Written April 10, 2013
  • Astro1derboy profile picture

    I agree with @stealthworks - do the F-14D. Pleeeeeeeease?! (In my best whiny-voice-via-text. Ha!!) Would love to see one.

    Written June 23, 2016
  • Fuzzknuckle profile picture

    Awesome blend dude =P

    Written April 02, 2013
  • Neubi profile picture

    great model chris, your technic is very interesting and very exact. use you blueprints or photos?

    Written April 04, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Blueprints, photos, sworn testimony... whatever I can find :)

    Edited April 05, 2013
  • Ally profile picture

    Amazing model :)

    Written April 04, 2013
  • somnath profile picture

    Super Model..

    Written April 10, 2013
  • GLakie profile picture

    Hi Chris: Very nice detail work as usual. Downloading as we speak. I'll dissect this one as well to maybe learn something more. Thanks for this. You rock man keep it up.

    Written April 10, 2013
  • RonFarley profile picture

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    Written April 10, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    That is a heck of a modeling job, probably the most detailed fighter jet I've seen in a long time. Kudos KuhnIndustries! Great work!!

    Written April 10, 2013
  • rard profile picture

    Brilliant modeling, well done. You said you were looking for a plan of the Titanic. Try - The-Blueprints.com there are over 55,000 drawings of all types of ships, planes, trains to name a few catagories

    Written April 10, 2013
  • jonken profile picture

    Very impressive stuff.

    Written April 11, 2013
  • Anuga profile picture

    Makes me wanna go to the ocean and record some ocean scene and then add the plane swooping down and making waves =)

    Written April 14, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Please do... but you'll need a supercomputer in the basement to render that out :) Or maybe not... maybe mine is just old :)

    Written April 14, 2013
  • Anuga profile picture

    Hehehe I think mine will do, 2xGTX690 ;) not fully functional yet with Blender, but I guess the next updated drivers will work better.

    Written April 14, 2013
  • kevbojackson profile picture

    It seems that when I try to export an OBJ from this the UV on the fuselage gets messed up. Anyone else having issues with this? any ideas what I might do to get it correct?

    Written April 19, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    At one point in the modeling process, I was using multiple UV maps for the fuselage. They may still be there, and Blender may get confused during export. Try deleting any unnecessary ones... (you should only need one on the final model). Can't remember what I called them off the top of my head, but I'm sure you can figure it out.

    Written April 20, 2013
  • RoryVickers profile picture

    How do I learn how to make something like this? Best I can come up with is some shitty low poly stuff.

    Written April 30, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    Can you please model the TurboKat from Swat Kats. :)


    Written May 24, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Actually.... actually... I just might:) Gotta see what reference material is available, but I watched that as a kid and loved it. And being that it's a cartoon, there should be lots of options to "upgrade" it. Let me know if you stumble across any more pics :)

    Written May 24, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    I can give you the reference pics if you want. :)

    Written May 24, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Sure... shoot me a message with the link.

    Written May 24, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    I have PM'ed you with download link for reference pics.

    Written May 25, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    Can you please upload this Hornet as FBX or OBJ file so that i can work with 3dsmax. I tried importing this in max but UVs doesnt work.

    Written May 25, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Well I'm not going to upload it that way on BlendSwap... it would increase the download size for everyone and most people won't use it. But it's an easy conversion if you want to do it - Just open Blender and go to File -> Export -> Wavefront (obj). But I don't use Max, so I can't make any promises about textures, UVs, materials, etc. The mesh should carry over, though.

    Written May 25, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    Yes the mesh imports fine but UV's dont. I tried both FBX and OBJ. Front landing gear textures, Fuselage textures are all messed up in 3dsmax.

    Written May 25, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Hmmm... I think there are actually two separate UV maps for those parts, which may be why it's messed up. If you wanted to, you could probably bake out the textures to new maps and then delete the previous two. That's the only reason I can think of why those parts would be different... but it makes sense.

    Written May 25, 2013
  • unknowndude profile picture

    Actually this is the very first time am using Blender. I downloaded blender just to get this model.

    Written May 26, 2013
  • STAM profile picture


    Written June 09, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    It's not enough to extract the file... you have to unpack the textures themselves under External Data. Did you do that?

    Written June 09, 2013
  • heraSK profile picture

    holly s....!!!! the details are amazing! i just spent half an hour just looking at variable exhaust tubes and landing gear... kudos to you, man!!

    Written August 26, 2013
  • jzp706 profile picture

    We are looking for a Vehicle modeler and UVW artist for a game project we are working on. If you are intrested we would be extremely honored for you to join our team.

    If interested, contact: Jacobpaul76@gmail.com

    Please Consider

    Written September 13, 2013
  • micarroton profile picture

    Where are the textures Pack ? ;-)

    Written January 12, 2014
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture


    Textures are included. You already have them, but they need to be "unpacked" before you can use them. Open the model and go to "File -> External Data -> Unpack Into Files". Then Blender will create a directory with the textures, and you will see them when rendering.

    Written January 12, 2014
  • richardvdoost profile picture

    Amazing model, thanks for sharing Chris!

    I just used it to test a new way of creating heat distortion in blender. http://youtu.be/UY7ieTwPDXY

    Written March 18, 2014
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Looks really great man, thanks!

    Written March 18, 2014
  • aravindnavyug profile picture


    Written June 06, 2014
  • greysyrup profile picture

    Thanks for sharing your good model!

    Written June 13, 2014
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    Written June 26, 2014
  • viendalmare profile picture

    Great model man ! Bravo!!!

    Written October 07, 2014
  • amirsquash profile picture

    Keep up the good work man

    Written October 17, 2014
  • airwinggraphics profile picture

    One of my favorites!


    Written December 21, 2014
  • erel96 profile picture

    Great work as usual! Here is a little something I created with it: Blender: Airbase Render V2_3 (WIP): http://youtu.be/7rmAkTlJAAs

    Written January 01, 2015
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    Written May 03, 2015
  • avkidane profile picture

    out standing work dude.

    Written August 04, 2015
  • craigs profile picture

    This is indeed a great model. But I need it with the gear up. I tried to rotate the landing gear doors in place. Worked great with rear main, but the other rear doors are linked. Not sure how to unlink. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Even better would be a version with gear up. Thanks in advance.

    Written October 14, 2015
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    Written November 30, 2015
  • Mar2014 profile picture

    Hey, do you have a tutorial on haw to do this kind of textures (jet texture)

    Written April 13, 2016
  • micarroton profile picture

    I don't see the textures . Where are them ?

    Written June 03, 2016
  • aritra profile picture

    hii its really a fab model just hats off....... and I have one question ..if u dont mind actually from where u have learned blendr 3d...?

    Written April 10, 2017
  • sle7endarystudios profile picture

    Very Sexy Model of the F-18. As a triple SAG represented award winning Actor, Filmmaker, Post Production Editor, and just now getting into VFX, Compositing, & 3D Modeling, this is incredibly inspirational. I'm letting my studio rendering machine [27" iMac 5k Custom] render out a simple animation to play around with it combined with some footage I shot here in on the square in downtown Denton/North Texas. I'll post a YouTube link when I get something rolling bringing your model alive. Thanks for this. I agree with the above. As a Top Gun fanatic...F-14D would be pretty gnarly or an F-16 in any livery. You can check out my past, present and future projects at www.imdb.me/randyshoemake & www.sle7endarystudios.com. Thanks again for this amazing model!

    Written August 21, 2017
  • lambocomm profile picture

    You are such a Good Modeler Chris, Do you have a fiver or do any freelance work? I am interested in linking up with someone of your talents. Regular payments for models is what I am offering. Let me now :) Lambo LAMBO-Mods.com

    Written November 02, 2017
  • vinho profile picture

    Great work!

    Written February 27, 2018
  • mrqozy profile picture

    Amazing. thank you sooo much

    Written March 17, 2018
  • BirdieBronze profile picture

    damn, i want to make this jet but i can't find out of the body ends going down.

    Written June 17, 2018
  • Wickster profile picture

    Amazing work. I've run into a couple of F-18 models in the past and I gotta say this is one of the better ones out there.

    Written December 11, 2018
  • Blenderswap001 profile picture

    Thank you for sharing! Very good model and textures!

    Written December 16, 2018
  • pau001 profile picture

    Hi Thank you for sharing! I Have a problem with the body texture, the body texture is not match with the UV mapping, is there any quick way to fix it?

    Written February 12, 2019
  • MikeG1973 profile picture

    Very nice, Chris

    Cheers Mate!

    Written October 07, 2021
  • evandop profile picture

    Superb asset! Im totally new and wondering if there is a way to toggle or animate the landing gear so the wheel bay doors are closed while flying? Thanks!!

    Written April 21, 2022
  • Bendinggrass profile picture

    Beautiful model, Chris, thanks. Yes, an F-14 would be fantastic.

    Written May 11, 2022