I understand the Kinetic F/A-18 is the best legacy Hornet kit out there, though I’ve unfortunately never had the chance to build one. You may have ot source your own decals for Desert Storm. But you can’t go wrong with the Tamiya F-14, really lovely kit!
OK, let’s see what I’ve got. F-14, two in the stash, a completed 1/144 kit. F-15, two in the stash, one completed in 1/72. F-16, 6 in the stash, one on the shelf of shame and one 1/72 version completed. F-18, two in the stash, none completed. Looks like the F-18 ekes one out over the F-14, as I’ve no completed 1/72 examples of either, but do have the one 1/144 Tomcat. General plan, subject to change, is the Academy F-18D in TUDM (Royal Malaysian Air Force) markings.
Ok lets see, in my stash;
4 x 1/48 Eduard, HobbyBoss, Hasegawa F-14s
5 x 1/144 Revell F-14s
10 x 1/72 Hasegawa, Fujimi, Academy, Great Wall F-14s
1 x 1/72 Academy F-15E to be completed as a RSAF F-15SG with AM decals
Here you go. I think I finished this kit in maybe 2012. Ok, yes she was late for our club build, whatever shut up. She has sat in a hot/cold garage cabinet so has faired better then expected. Added some Eduard cockpit PE and custom decals for a Seymour Johnson bird. The worst part was the canopy seam, which wasn’t hard to polish out.
I turned to armour many decades ago, but still have an old Hasegawa F16 in 1/48th scale and F-14 in 1/72nd in the stash. I might join in her, just for fun. It will be OOB and with whatever the decals are like after all this time…