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Hunter FGA9, XG228/56, No. 79 Sqn/1 TWU, RAF Brawdy, July 1982


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After a brief hiatus the Hunter is done, and I must say I was very impressed with the Italeri kit. For my standard of modelling I certainly don't need to spend Airfix prices. This was built OOB apart from aftermarket decals, plus I used a spare 1/48 seat from a Canberra kit as the Italeri one is 1/72. I also cut up and expanded the cockpit to accommodate this correct scale seat, and cut the rear fuselage to make it shorter. All detailed in my WIP: 

 

XG228 was delivered to the RAF in October 1956, and remained in service until 1984, serving with 1 TWU from the early 1970s. It was sold to the Zimbabwe AF in 1987 and now resides in their museum. The 79 squadron Hunters were a familiar sight over Wales and the south of England during the 70s and 80s, training RAF pilots in weapons delivery and tactics.

 

All comments and suggestions for improvement welcomed! ...

 

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very very nice .as far as i know the Italeri kit is a re box of the Academy kit which i put up some pics of the one i done a few weeks ago. it is an easy kit to make and it does go together nicely.

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Great looking Hunter  :clap2:As said above the Italeri kit is a re pop of the old Academy kit which suffered from an undersized cockpit and main

undercarriage wheels , you might want to change those to after market as well ?

 

 

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On 6/10/2019 at 5:35 PM, Lord Riot said:

 

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I think your Hunter is perfect, what a model! I love the crisp appearance in particular, the above photo really captures the lines perfectly for me. If my Revell 1/32 kit comes out 1/2 as good I'll be very happy, really well done!

 

David  

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5 hours ago, keith in the uk said:

Great looking Hunter  :clap2:As said above the Italeri kit is a re pop of the old Academy kit which suffered from an undersized cockpit and main

undercarriage wheels , you might want to change those to after market as well ?

 

 

 

Thanks Keith! I did read about the wheels but they actually look ok to me, any bigger would look a bit odd wouldn't they? The kit ones don't look particularly small anyway. If I ever find an Airfix Hunter for a reasonable price I'll compare them, it might change my mind! 😂

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20 minutes ago, mirageiv said:

 

I think your Hunter is perfect, what a model! I love the crisp appearance in particular, the above photo really captures the lines perfectly for me. If my Revell 1/32 kit comes out 1/2 as good I'll be very happy, really well done!

 

David  

 

Thank you so much David, so nice of you to say! I guess with such a beautiful aeroplane it's easier to make it look pleasing on the eye. 

 

I wondered about dirt wash but most photos of 1 TWU Hunters seemed to show them looking fairly clean, so I only used a small amount. 

 

Pretty sure yours will look impressive in 1/32! Might have to try that scale one day.

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Nice work again. I've read often about how the cockpit is 'too small' in this Academy/Italeri kit, yet as far as I'm concerned, that pit looks great in your model. I shall be tuning in to your Lightning build next.

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Thanks @Filler! The ejection seat is definitely too small, I used a Canberra one, then there was a great WIP by @Karl that showed exactly how to expand the cockpit. Looks tricky at first but if I can manage it then it must be a reasonably simple process. Not sure how exactly to scale my 'pit' is, but it looks ok to me.

 

 

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I see, a fair bit of work went into that then. Good result and that is great work by Karl too.

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