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  1. I'm posting my just completed Airfix Hawker Hunter 1:48 scale. Its quite a substantial kit, and the box art is A+. There are enough redundant parts to get started on a number of different versions. Three tail sections, different nose etc, but not the larger wing tanks or F6 onwards flaps, which is a pity. From extra parts included that aren't mentioned in the instructions, it's actually more straightforward to go off-piste, and NOT make the box F5 version (which obliges you to cut off the stepped leading-edge wing in the kit) F6A XF382 So having read up a little (actually, a lot of) history of the type, I settled on building an F6A, XF382 from the 1976 Greenham Common air tattoo. There are static display photos from that event to help show the way. According to the excellent source Weebly.com XF382 was originally built as an F6 in 1956 at AWA's Baginton factory, as part of a licensed production batch for Hawker. There's a comprehensive history of this airframe's journey on the website. XF382 was paid for under the United States Military Aid Program. This funding method was news to me. She is displayed at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry. Apparently as a permanent loan from the USAF Museum, who are custodians of all such funded aircraft. The colour scheme I've based my model on was applied in January 1975, when XF382 joined 234 Squadron Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Brawdy in South Wales. On the same day, major damage to the starboard intake occurred when the starter unit exploded. She resumed squadron flying in March 1976 after the repair, and conversion to F6A spec with tail parachute, which is included in the Airfix kit XF382 F6A displayed at the 1976 Greenham Common Air Tatoo My model I attended the 1976 air tattoo as a teenager, so it's probable I did cast my eyes on XF382 back in the day, as I recall a long line of Hunters parked up. Some AM parts were added, including the 230 gallon drop tanks, and the tyres. Mixed results with AM, if I'm honest. I left off the tank steady straps as I didn't think I would avoid making a huge glue mess on the side of the tank. I was scratching my head with where Airfix represented the port canopy emergency release with scribing. Based on photos, I moved it a few mm's forward, and made it more of a feature by drilling a suitable hole which I then filled with glue n glaze. I also made holes for the gun pack winch attachment points both sides, and the engine bearing circular cooler outlets on the flanks behind the wings. Both features are often prominent on photos of active aircraft. I cut off the skid-protectors from the 2 spare tail sections provided in the kit to provide the upper-wing pylon explosive release units fitted to XF382, as they seem quite close enough in size and shape in 1/48 scale. The execution was probably an item best left off, like the tank straps I've mixed individual decals from 2 sets available from Hannants (FHP48223 & X48189). Overall I'm reasonably pleased with the final result, which represents a fair reflection on what I did ok, and equally reflective of parts of the process that didn't work so well for me. I trust the potted history was sufficiently intriguing. I'd be happy if the finished kit encourages more people to present their interpretations of this amazing aircraft. Shoreham airshow tragedy aside, I don't believe and hope wasn't due to a defect with the aircraft. Anyway, I'm definitely not done with Hunters yet and have more in my stash! Thanks for looking in. All critiques in good faith accepted in advance.
  2. It would appear that I have ran out of helicopters for the time being at least the near future. In fact, I tell a lie - just two days ago I took delivery of a brand new, still shrink-wrapped Italeri (shudder!) Wessex 1/48 HU/UH5. I have big plans for that one - if I only knew what they were. I'm sure it will come to me. However, that's not why you're here is it? Nope. You read something about a Hunter being hacked by li'l ol' me and thought you'd pop your head in for a looksee. How'd I get here then? Well after finishing my Wapiti build and my Scout build in quick succession - quick succession being relative as one build took 10 months and the other took over 4 years - I had a quick bench tidy and sat staring at this for a while, mainly because this view is so rare and I never get to see this much wood exposed on my bench. Also because I couldn't think what to build. What a strange feeling. What to build? I have a Spitfire I've been tinkering with off and on, but let's be honest now, the last thing this forum needs is yet another Spitfire build... unless of course it is a Spitfire build of the breathtaking quality of Steve's @Fritag recent MkVb museum quality museum build. Breathtaking mine will not be so I'll continue to tinker away with it in the background until such time as it has its clothes on and can sheepishly shuffle into the back of the 28 Sqn display cabinet. I also have a Hasegawa Hurricane IIc that again, is being tinkered with on an infrequent basis, but on learning that Arma is about to release a 1/48 Hurricane IIc in the new year, and given the highly regarded status of Arma (on this forum at least) I thought I would shelve the Hasegawa and wait for the Arma version before getting serious about it. Which brings me back to this thread (I think). I was almost running out of 28 Sqn aircraft to build but the screaming omission from the current Squadron line up was a Hawker Hunter FGA9. I tried to buy one direct from Airfix on two occasions in the last year, but they made it such a painful and frustrating experience that I dropped the idea. That is until I spotted them on Amazon recently at a much cheaper price than Airfix wanted. I was also a bit hesitant given Airfix' recent quality issues, and it would be a whole lot easier returning something to Amazon than it would to Airfix. I ordered one. Caveats first. I know the Airfix kit is the F6 and 28 Sqn flew the FGA9's but from what limited information I have come across, it is possible to build an FGA9 from the Airfix offering. I know absolutely nothing about Hunters, so I'll be looking for the hive minds to keep me right - don't be afraid to speak up. I can remember crawling over them, under them and in 'em during my time at Halton but doing what, I have no idea. Hydraulics maybe? More likely hiding and trying to shake off that Wendover hangover. On to the kit though. First thing I did was examine every part. No short shots - good. In fact I was quite impressed with the quality - there was a little flash but not much. I'm not a great fan of the panel lines though. At least they are not trenches, but the Hunter is such a sleek and flowing form that panel lines just seem wrong on this one. As nice as the kit is, I have to confess to feeling a little disappointed - there's hardly a greeble to be found on this aircraft. WHere's the fun in having no greeblies I ask you? To be honest, it feels a bit unfair and against the Trades Description Act to be calling this a WIP. So far (and it's been a week) it feels much more of a SPIPIP (Sticking Parts In Place In Progress) with very little in the way of heavy manual labor involved. I think this is going to be as close to an out-of-the-box(-or-two) build as I ever get. I say box or two because after examining the contents, I did splurge out on a Quickboost ejection seat, a Master Model Pitot tube, and the Eduard cockpit set as while the Airfix instrument panel was okay with regards to detail, I felt the decal offering was very toy like. So, Off! with the detail and on with some Eduard bits. I used GS Hypo to bond the main segments of the instrument panel and diluted PVA for the smaller quadrants that had open gauge holes, knowingf that the dliued PVA will dry clear. Set that aside to dry off an on with the next part. Ooh... some scratch building! From walkround shots it appears that there was a ledge behind the ejection seat whereas Airfix had only supplied w little wing shaped thingy. Plasticard to the rescue. Then one of the very few opportunities to greeble on this thing. Various hoses and hardware was added from stainless wire, styrene, and a bit of Scout rotor head. Oh well, it was exciting while it lasted. Parts various were trimmed from the runner fret and given a smattering of black Alclad primer followed by various shades of aluminum, or more satin black in the case of the ejection seat, and titanium for the engine facings. Airfix call out gunmetal for the engine, but I felt that was too dark, and when I checked you can't see a darned thing down those intakes anyway. Photo Etch. Spawn of the Devil it is. Thankfully there wasn't an awful lot of it on the Eduard fret, but what was there was enough to get a mans blood to boil. Eduard provide some nicely detailed ridiculously finicky foot pedals to replace the Airfix stumps. I chose the easy option for part one - bending the heel rest around the base of the pedal. I used a tube of slightly smaller diameter that the foot pedal, bent the heel restraint up at 90 degrees then used a pair of tweezers to gently tweeze the restraint around the tube. Sorry this is the best photo I have of the process as I only have two hands. (note to self: must make appointment at the manicurist soon) The pedals were then glued onto the stumps with cyano not-want-to-stick glue. The best was yet to come. Eduard in their infinite insanity decided to supply a strap for each pedal. I tried following their instructions by attaching the strap to the foot pedal, but wasted many swear words which could have been put to much better use, and finally decided to go my own way and try and stick the straps to the Airfix stumps - which still took some string language and even more not-want-to-stick cyano. If you squint, you can just make them out in this shot. I also gave the entire cockpit a coat of Testors flat clear as I really didn't like the pebble dash and shiny finish on the Eduard instruments. The clear coat made a big difference to how it all looks. I omitted some of Eduards microscopic lacework handles and switches and opted to make my own - some are still to be fitted here. Well, they were fitted, but I kept knocking them off so... Here's the cockpit in all it's glory. Note how the black of the cockpit floor compliments the black of the foot pedals, highlighting the black of the instrument panel which in turn emphasizes the black of the ejection seat... No? Not falling for it are you ? Okay then, here's the real pretend thing. What no ejection seat? There is - I just haven't finished it yet. I've been doing some (very poor) detail painting - after spending several hours trying to hunt down photos of Hunter ejection seats that will give me a guide to what colors are supposed to be on there. Then I gave up. I've seen seats with blue straps, a different shade of blue straps, gery straps, brown straps, tan straps, and seat cushions every color except white. After deciding that I couldn't decide I opted to go with some shades of faded blue, though looking at it now I have a feeling that parts of the straps should be tan/khaki/brownish. Anyone out there able to offer some advice? This is still far from finished and only shown to make myself cringe. Putting that aside and jumping around the instruction set, there are a couple of vent tubes exiting the fuselage at the back end of the sabrinas. Airfix supply the vents but they are molded solid (no real surprise). In another rare venture into the world of scratchbuilding I cut those off and replaced them with some Albion Alloys 1.4 mm brass tube. Getting the requisite bends in the tube was not fun. I annealed the tube, inserted some solder and it still kinked at the slightest bend. In the end I resorted to the rule of thumb. The rule being that it would not kink (much) if I ever so gently eased it back and forth around my thumb. I did stick 'em on but forgot to take any shots in situ. Moving along swiftly I glued the cockpit into the port fuselage side as per instructions, and to avoid any surprises later I taped on the stbd side to make sure everything was aligned. Finishing up on today's click and stick adventure was the I don't want this to be a tail sitter preventive extravaganza. Airfix call for 20 grams immediately aft of the cockpit bulkhead. I wasn't taking any chances. I formed a couple of bulkheads from plasticard, blue-tac'd them in position, then mixed Liquid gravity with two part epoxy and filled and filled and filled until I could fill no more. From what I can tell so far, the kit goes together really nicely. Which in all honesty is a bit of a let down. I really enjoy the greebling aspect of modeling and there's just not a lot of opportunity to greeble on such a smoothly contoured airframe. At this rate I might be all done by page 3. I'd best start looking out my next project now
  3. Picked up my Airfix Hawker Hunter F.4/F.5/J 34 today.. This group build was what finally made me submit and get one. I have had an old Academy with all the "necessary" aftermarket but I sold it as I suspected Airfix had one on the way. But I did not buy it on realese, to busy with my Viggens.. I often, but usually build subjects from Wings I have some connection with, even if it is vague. at best.. J 34s were flown by F 8 (Barkarby) and F 18 (Tullinge), just north and south of Stockholm respectively, originally. Barkarby is where the IKEA I usually visit is (you can even walk among some of the old buildings and the guard entrance is still around among other things). F 18 I do not have any connection with as far as i know.. Later the J 34s were moved to F 10 (Ängelholm) and fianlly F 9 Säve. I think because the more modern and higher performing Drakens were, as usual with fighter Wings, put on the east coast, giving the by this time, less modern, J 34s an easier time? F 9 and F 18 Wings got J 35bs and the J 34s were moved to those other Wings, that atypically, were not on the East coast. (Many Wings did switch back and forth between flying attackers or fighters - and sometimes even both, however. And F 13 for example, also had a squadron of photo recce and sea suirvaillance/maritime patrol 37s while the rest had JA 37s so..) The J 34s were ordered, by the way, to bolster the Swedish Air Force - while waiting for the J 35 Drakens to be operational (or indeed built!). SAAB was really busy cranking out J 29s, A 32As and J 32Bs (soon!) so "we" needed to buy birds elsewhere to strenghten the defence of Stockholm in particular. Aircraft that could climb fast for those IL-28s etc. An order for 120 Hawker Hunters (and with an option for another 60) were laid. And they flew for some time with ballast instead of the ADEN (m/55 AKANs here) becuase of the trouble with the gas while firing, disturbing the engine, before that was fixed with both Sabrinas and blast deflectors. or so I understand.. Anyone else that knows the whole story about that is more than welcome to chime in! Sadly the last 60s were never bought for economical reasons.. F 9 Säve is just north of Gothenburg and close to my hometown. It was just under an hour by train for me, as I grew up, to get there. And I often did, becuase that is where I could buy all the games Workshop goodies pre the internet.. And my dad often tells me about the J 34s from Säve, he saw as a kid when he was with the Swedish Auxiliary Naval Corps in the archipelage off Gothenburg. You can tell he has a soft spot for those low flying, beautiful Hunters when he does! So Säve it is.. It was the last Wing to fly them and the Wing was disused in 1969 - and thast was when the last J 34s flew operationally, sadly. But there is a really nice museum in the old, cave hangars there now - Aeroseum I ordered decals for the Wings and digits from MMoose Republic Decals yesterday - that will do the trick I think. Airfix decals for the rest seems excellent as usual. Oh! And there was a bargain -I picked up a Tarangus J 32B, too. There was no box for it (and second hand?) so almost half price. I could not say no to that! Maybe I even have time to build that one too for the group Build. Picked up blast deflectors and the other "must haves" as well. I might do the aircraft as the one saved in the Flygvapenmuseum (Air Force Museum - at the old F 3 wing) at Malmen, or Malmslätt, It is an old F 9 bird and very nice looking, fresh paint and all.. Many of the aircraft in the 60s were quite beaten up, but I am not up for that right now, having not done too much modelling and painting the last two eyars. I will probably use AIM-9Bs (RB 24 here) on it, just like the aircraft on the Flygvapenmuseum, it looks good I think. I will pick those up later. The aircraft at Flygvapenmuseum is an actual, old Swedish J 34, unlike the one still flying for The Swedish Airforce Historical Flight (an old, Swiss one, if I remember correctly (F. Mk. 58 anyways). But that bird has dogtooth leading edge extensions, unlike the "real" Swedish J 34s. But I am sure you guys know all about the Mks, unlike me.. Here is a picture of the Flygvapenmuseum one.: At Flygvapenmuseum´s site With both "Sabrinas" and blast deflectors! I have yet to decide if I want that individual or if I can make any other, we will see.. And I gave my dad a book on Swedish Hawker Hunters a few years back, I´ will borrow it and have a look again. Oh! And today my parents were in Kalmar, where the old F 12 wing once was - so i called them and asked them to go get me a picture of the J 35F1 gateguardian. Low res but still decent. And you can see one of the very typical control towers of Swedish Wings! 4 And finally, a nice old video of a pair of J 34s practicing interception 1959 (not from Säve but one of the wings by Stockholm). You can tell how HEAVILY the whole thing is inspired by British doctrine from the Battle of Britain.. The old, legendary Air Force Chief Bengt Nordenskiöld (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengt_Nordenskiöld) was much behind that. and did alot for building up the Swedish Air Force post World War Two. Any info on the pylons used for those AIM-9Bs (RB 24, or even Rb 24 back then) is more than welcome. I have not done any reasearch if that is the same as for British variants with stores out there. I do have the LAU-things though from F 9 Wing!
  4. Hi, I am currently nearing completion of an Airfix Hunter F.5 and am using Fantasy Printshop decals, as I am finishing it in 41 Squadron markings. My dilemma is in relation to the underwing serial numbers and how they were laid out on the early marks? There appears to be two ways; linear i.e. WN966 or in the later block form. There are few references to examine and none of of WN966. Has anyone got any words of wisdom that may help? Many thanks Andy
  5. Hi guys, I wonder if anyone has any information of photos on this particular airframe. I've got many off the internet of the jazzy splinter scheme currently applied but I have n't found any of the cockpit or seat. Can anyone post photos or links to these areas please? Also, has anyone ever created decals or masks for this airframe in her current splinter scheme in 1/32nd scale? Many thanks for any help you can offer. Cheers.
  6. I'm contemplating trying to convert a Matchbox Hawker Hunter to the P.1091 delta-winged proposal. Are there any published dimensions? Also, would I be better advised using a different Hunter kit? The Matchbox Hunter looks a bit "undernourished" to me, but what do I know? I don't want to waste a Revell Hunter on such a conversion, and I got the Matchbox kit for a song.
  7. Hawker Hunter Mk.6 Update set for Airfix Kit. 1:48 AeroCraft Models There was little doubt that once the new Airfix Hunter was released that there would be plenty of additional parts being produced for it. Aercraft have now produced this set for the Mk.6 kit, as always they parts look good and will need only minimal clean up. Hunter Mark 6 Update Set There are new ailerons (these are more accurate than the kit parts with the centre hinge in the correct position)., flaps and an airbrake. The wing needs to have a few small changes made to it but nothing drastic. The Ailerons can also be purchased separately here Review samples courtesy of
  8. Hi all here is my Airfix 1:48 Hawker Hunter F.6 I finished it in the markings of a Royal Jordanian Air Force F.6 1966 Extra details added Brengun PE ladder (BRL48018) Quickboost Ejection Seat (QB48550) Cutting Edge Hunters part 1 (48043) Scratch built chocks from sprue and wire Scratch built FOD Guards Pitot RBF Tag Plus base Tamiya paints used throughout apart from the red which was from Revell (cheers Steve ) The camo was Airbrushed by hand Ive thoroughly Enjoyed this build from start to finish Thank you to Steve (speedy) for some welcome input with this build Thank you for looking and enjoy
  9. Hi all Apologies if this question has been asked before, but I'm currently building the Revell 1/72 Hunter FGA.9 (it's going together beautifully and I'm delighted with it so far) and want to know what colour(s) to paint the air intakes? There's nothing indicated on the instructions and I've looked at dozens of images online but can't see anything conclusive. Can anyone help please? Many thanks Tim
  10. Having built the Academy Hunter last year, I've been looking forward to getting the Airfix new release so pre-ordered a couple of kits which arrived in January. I'd also picked up the Xtradecal sheet Pt 3 which has some excellent coulourful schemes on, so decided I had to do one of these, in particular the Tactical Weapons Unit based at RAF Brawdy in 1979. Now it turns out that Xtradecal have the serial number on this one wrong. They claim it is XG223 but in fact it is XG225 - there are several photos of it out there in the net in this scheme to prove it. By the way this airframe now resides at the entrance to the museum at RAF Cosford, sadly not not in this colour scheme The kit itself is a lovely example of modern engineering. The only addition I made was to replace the Martin Baker Mk 4 ejector seat with one I'd already painted up for another build but didn't use. As to the photos, I've been experimenting lately with different lighting set ups to try to improve the quality of the photos with different backdrops and camera settings. I have another kit to build sometime in the future - might try the raspberry ripple scheme from the same decal set... Edit: I've replaced the photos as I realised I had the wrong white-balance setting on the camera when taking them, so the colours were all muddy.
  11. Hi All, my second WIP here. Taking a break from my ICM Beer Delivery Spit as it is too cold outside to prime it. I picked this 1982 kit up a few months ago for the princely sum of £3.60 on eBay and it is also my first jet. I have only done WWII so far but also have an interest in Cold War jets. I'm not expecting any magic from this old tool but I'm sure with a bit of love something respectable can be produced. And if not for a few quid I'm sure it will be happy in the bin. Usual bits first; box, parts (detached on arrival as it is pre-owned but not started), decals and instructions. There are about sixty pieces with multiple ordnance options and wheels up/down options. Unfortunately, or fortunately, due to the lack of interior detail, there is no canopy open option which is how I usually like to build them. The decals look pretty old and thick and I'm not sure how good they will be after thirty odd years so may pick up some aftermarket ones later on if I can build anything worth spending more on. As is common with these small older kits the instructions are a single double page spread And paint and decal instructions that I will probably not use First thinks first - the office. Well, the seat and the stick and the floor. That's all there is. The parts have no great detail but that's not a shock on this older kit and some of the joins between the sprue and the pieces are more substantial than some pieces themselves The highly detailed cockpit painstakingly assembled and a pair of 5p coins superglued in so that it doesn't sit on its tail. This was the only place I could fit them As the canopy will be closed and it is only 1/72 I will not be adding any custom cockpit interior. A quick spray of Tamiya Rubber Black and some seat belts painted on with Tamyia Flat Yellow just to give a hint of some effort being made to detail the cockpit. Will give the customary dry brush when it has dried to bring out any hidden detail that may be lurking there. Got to say that I'm really surprised about how good the fit is. The fuselage halves and 'cockpit' mate almost perfectly without any gaps Bombs and stuff And the wing assembly. So far, so nicely fitting. Apart from the other landing gear cover(?) was missing from the box. Will decide whether to scratch build one or scratch build a jack/trestle to make it look like the other landing gear is being replaced The first major fit issues arrived with the fitting of the wings to the fuselage, but shouldn't be anything a bit of Humbrol filler can't fix Note. The missing port landing gear A little bit of dry brushing in an attempt to bring the cockpit to life at least a little bit Over all I'm pretty pleased and quite surprised about how well this kit fits together. Sure, there isn't the detail that we expect in more modern kits but this is proving to be an enjoyable quick build and a nice break from the beer delivery Spitfire. I really enjoy getting these older kits and trying to get the best out of them. Anyhow, that's all for today. More to follow should anybody be interested (filling, smoothing, priming...)
  12. Do I recall correctly or did I dream it, but has somebody done some intake internals in resin for the Revell 1/72nd Hawker Hunter? Last Hunter I made some out of plastic card but I wasn't totally happy with the result. Any help gratefully received.
  13. Yes, this is going to be just like the old days, back from the shops and built over the weekend Terrified of desolving Decals but really looking forward to this cheers Pat
  14. Looks like re-release of Revell's Hawker Hunter brings more decals to market, tis time from company HI-Decal line. From Hannats: And same in 1/48 scale - HD48029 Just in case if Xtradecals have not enough foreign schemes. ---------------------------------- update:
  15. My dad bought me this for christmas. It has taken me 8 months to finish! A lot of that time was spent building other models while looking over at the hunter, pulling a face and mumbling many words of profanity. But i managed to get through it. Lost many small bits on the way, like a couple of nav lights, but learnt a lot as well. Like painting camoflage and filling really badly. As you can see from the grainy iPhone pictures it isn’t perfect but for me, its done. The only thing though is that it still looks like plastic and doesn’t really have any weight to it. I may go over with some matt varnish. If anyone has any suggestions before i drop it on my dads doorstep, let me know ! Thanks for looking. Cheers. Simon
  16. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use! -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses" 'They might say, it seems to me, "you are rich; we are poor...You have had the past; let us have the future." Above all, I fear they would say, "you are weak and we are strong."' -- Winston Churchill, 16 November 1934 Mr Edward Heath (MP for Bexley): Can the Secretary of State be certain when confrontation over Indonesia will end or when the certainty of the independence of Malaysia can be assured? Mr Dennis Healey (MP for Leeds East): No, I cannot be certain about everything but, I think that it is possible to take some decisions now and that a Government with any sense of responsibility to the British people must take those decisions which it is possible to take... -- Hansard, 7 March 1966, "Defence" During the 1960s, a curious sort of undeclared war was waged between Indonesia on one hand, and Malaysia, Singapore, and their western guarantor, Great Britain on the other. In early 1960s, the Indonesians had fought a similar war against their former colonial masters, the Dutch in an attempt to gain control of what was then Dutch New Guinea. This had involved paratroops, aeronaval combat (a Dutch P-3 and surface warships sank three Indonesian torpedo boats), and ultimately attracted the attention of the Soviet Union, who supplied a Sverdlov-class cruiser to bolster Indonesian naval capabilities. (This was the Ordzhonikidze, which Lionel Crabbe had famously been killed while trying to secretly inspect in 1956.) Ultimately, the overstretched Dutch, who had won every battle, were persuaded to give the Indonesians everything they wanted in a 1962 peace conference. President Sukarno was confident this strategy would work again. As it happened, things didn't quite work out that way, and in a remarkable campaign, conducted largely on the cheap, the British, along with their SEATO allies from Australia and the Malaysian and Singaporean people, emerged triumphant. One of a handful of RAF squadrons to participate (and one of a very few to fire weapons in anger after WWII) was 20 Squadron, whose motto is, appropriately, "Facta non verba". During the Confrontation, they flew Hawker Hunters, a jet which, to be entirely honest with you, has never been my favourite for looks, but I still have at last count nine Revell 1/72 kits of it, so here we are. I'm using a RAFDecals aftermarket sheet, and Freightdog's corrected wheel set -- I can't see the difference, but I trust Colin on this one. God knows how long it will take to build.
  17. Hello all. Just like several others in this STGB I'll be building the Revell 1/72 Hunter FGA.9. The plan is to build two planes, one in the 1960s colours of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force (Green/Grey over HSS) and one in the early 1980s Zimbabwe AF colours. If things go really well, I might dig up my third copy of my kit from my secondary stash at my parents' home and build a 1970s bird as well (RhAF, Green/Earth over Earth). There have been a couple of sprue shots, but I don't think anyone has shown them unwrapped yet, so here you go. Those with an encyclopaedic knowledge of third-party decal offerings might recognise the Xtradecal International Hunters sheet,which will be providing the markings. The first painting has started
  18. I'm in with this Academy F6 and Xtradecal 48-003 - I think it will be a 74 Sqn standard DG/DSG over Aluminium. Have ordered this Aires set - anyone know the correct colour name for the green or the Humbrol/Mr Color call out? I plan to put a driver onboard as always so its a bit wasted on me, be my first proper look at resin/PE....
  19. Hi everybody, I have finally managed to finish something. It is Hawker Hunter 842 from Oman, approximately from the early/mid 1980s. This Hunter is one of the former Jordanian a/c presented to Oman in 1975, serviced by Airwork Ltd., a British contractor, and flown by British and Omani pilots. You will certainly have seen the pictures of fairly low flying Omani Hunters and Jaguars. It must have been a interesting period for the people involved and at least for the foreign contractors, Oman seems to have been a dry country only in meteorological terms. Together with the Swiss and Singaporean Hunters the Omani a/c were the most modified variants of this classic fighter. Apart from their unique two-tone blue-grey camouflage (the pattern is similar to the one used by Rhodesia and of course based on the three-tone RAF scheme) the Omani Hunters also received new pylons under the wing roots for carrying Sidewinders. Towards the end of their career, some Hunters were also fitted with AN/ALE-40 countermeasure dispensers on the rear fuselage. There were also several patterns of camera noses, not all identical with the RAF's FR.10. For this model I have used the Revell F.6 kit (because I had it in my stash) and added the fairing for the brake parachute using a resin item made by Quickboost. Eduard Brassin provided the AIM-9P Sidewinders. The inner pylons and the chaff/flare dispensers were scratch built. I also added the outboard 3 in-rocket rails which the Omani Hunters carried throughout their carreer as well as the "towel rail"-antenna on the lower fuselage. The paints used are my own free-hand mix of Tamiya XF-2, XF-18 and XF-82 for both the lighter and the darker blue-grey. The decals (never many on Omani aircraft!) came from Xtradecal with some modification to get the Arab "842". Based on photos I aimed at a very weatherd look. Photographing models still presents a challenge to me and it was remarkably how much the colours shift depending on lighting and background. Actually, I haven't fully understood yet how this highly automated camera works. Anyway, that is how the model looks approximately: And finally: together with a RAF Hunter operated in the same part of the world (but roughly 20 years earlier!):
  20. Academy Hawker Hunter F.6 in 1:48 I've used Aeroclub correction set and FM details resin, check more of the build on http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979788-148-iraqi-hawker-hunter-f6-academy-aeroclub-fm/ The decal are Iraqi fighters by Linden Hill. It was quite a complicated build, many needed corrections; the dog tooth, the exhaust, rounding the tip edges, moving the tail planes and the airbrake, etc. I could do more on the nose and the canopy - I have trimmed the back frame, which makes a bit short, no rails done which makes it a bit off... anyway, here it is... for more info and pics, please check http://militaryaviation148.blogspot.si/2016/01/hawker-hunter-iraqi-air-force-399.html Thanks for looking in.
  21. Hello chaps It's been a long time since I did any WIP threads in any of the forums, but I guess this one fits alright @ the britmodeler. The subject is a Hawker Hunter in quarter scale. The only option we have is the well known (I guess) Academy kit with many flaws. Some bigger some not so. I hope I can correct the most obvious ones like the intakes. Although I hope I can count on your help since I do not know much about Hunters, except some basic stuff... Years ago I bought the Academy kit with some extras including the now OOP Aeroclub corrections set and I think even before I got the kits I bought this FM Detail Sets resin and etch. I remember I got it real cheap at a local scale modelling show. And since I got that many after market I thought of getting another kit. So I did buy the Italeri which is the same plastic with new decals. I don't think I'm gonna do both of 'em now, I figured as the build will be quite demanding, one step at a time, what happens later,...yeah... For the scheme I was thinking of doing an early, 50's Iraqi jet, the F.6. I haven't yet decided if it will be the one in royal AF service or the one after the coup... But OK, time to put some photos. The two different packings: Aeroclub and FM details the planned scheme: Now I did a little comparison between some of the stuff from the AM and from the box The upper is the FM MB mk.2H (somebody correct if I'm wrong) seat and the lower the much more convincing Aeroclub. The kits seat is complete rubbish as it is way to small more like a 1:72 thing. I didn't even bother taking photos. With the cockpit tubs it's a bit different. The left on is resin FM, the right one the Aeroclub. The latter one is very similar to the kits one but is corrected in a way the normal size seat can fit in.. Next thing is the wheels. The Aeroclub white metal ones and the FM resin ones. OK I know you're thinking, why is this guy doing a review, this is not a build! It's just it's so many different stuff for the same thing In had to show. I think I'll go with the resin tub, save the other one for next time. I'll be back soon with photos of the progress. Cheers
  22. This is a “What-if” RAAF Hawker Hunter F6 in 25SQN markings. It is a follow on from the chapter in "The Alternative RAAF & RAN Fleet Air Arm - Australia's Little Asian Wars 1951–1975" by John Baxter detailing the invasion of Australian protectorates. In this chapter the scenario is - India has invaded the Cocos Islands and destroyed the Australian garrison including the flight of six CAC built Hunters F9s from 24SQN sent there to protect it from air attack. In my alternative addition to this scenario the RAAF immediately negotiated with the RAF to receive a squadron of Hunter F6s to be transferred from the RAF units in HK and modified with the Dutch air to air mod to allow them to carry Sidewinders. This was because the F9s for the Reserve units were coming off the CAC production line slowly due to the priority being given the new CAC Sabre Mk30s currently in production for the full-time inits. They are then put on alert for the protection of the major centres on the west coast of Australia from Perth to the north. The Reserve squadrons were given these duties as the full-time units only had Meteor F8s with limited range, obsolete Vampires FB30/31/32s or were in the process of converting to the new Avon Sabres slowly coming of the CAC production line. I have changed the serial no on the jet to an A number which in the book is in the A86 range. As these are a different model to the F9s of 24SQN and 23SQN which are numbered from A86-1, I've just added the A86 to the original serial number aka A86-462 instead of XL462. I've also added the 462 in white on the nose and lightly painted over the letters of the RAF serial under the wings.
  23. This set intended for 1/48 Academy Hunter. This set suitable for all F and FGA Hunter mods. There are flaps, airbrake, nose wheel hub details in the set. Model flaps are narrower, then should be. The etched flaps have precise dimentions and fix the original parts sizes error.
  24. Afternoon folks Ok so my current obsession with the Hunter continues and this time it is the Hunter F6 of Fighter School 1960. A gentleman on Facebook very kindly sent me some of the photo's he had taken of these machines in 1963 when he was on DFCS at Binbrook when the unit left West Raynham. It is my second 1:32 Hunter - the first being the FGA9 of the current Revell boxing and I did this in the RAF Brawdy scheme of red spine and fin so the two together look great - some photos of the two below. This one is OOB except the pilot who is a PJ Productions figure. Upper sides are Mr Color paints and the underside is Halfords Aluminum post shaded with various Alclad shades. Pleased to say I have another F6 and FGA9 to build! May be Black Arrows for the former. I hope you like it Chris
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