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  1. IPMS Scale Model World show in Telford there was the "Give an Old Model a New Home" table with abused and neglected models available for a donation to charity (Marie Currie in this case). I love the challenge of re-building a kit so I picked up the first model that came to hand, dropped some cash in the bucket and stuffed the sad unfortunate thing in my bag..... This is what I got (including a day of clattering around in my bag etc): It's clearly a Hawker Hunter in 1:48 scale and seems to be an F6 At first glance the registration XE597 flags up the new Airfix kit.... but that blue plastic and a hunt through sprue layout photos shows it's certainly not an airfix. A bit more detective work and I've determined it is the 1997 Academy #2164 kit (which also provided decals for XE597 which the Airfix kit now does as well) Lots of broken pieces and cracked seams already and they didn't take much to extend those to help disassemble it a bit more. The nose is full of black plasticine to stop it being a tail sitter (yuk! old plasticine smells rancid!) Next step will be into the paint strip for this thing whilst I formulate a plan of what to do with it.... My grandfather was an aero engineer at Armstong Siddley working on the development of the Sapphire engine that later went on to power the F2 variant so that might be a nice option. But I'll need to do some research on what would be entailed in converting it from an F6 to an F2. As I didn't spend much on this a resin cockpit would be nice - the SBS did one that also provides some detail in the wheel wells so that might be an option.... The jet pipe is a bit rubbish and missing some parts so that may need some scratch detailing too. This is not going to be a fun but slow build I think.
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