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Hunter F.6, XE557/O, No. 19 Squadron, RAF Church Fenton, 1959


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XE557 was delivered to the RAF on 15th November 1956.  Originally having straight leading edges on the wings, it was one of many F.6s to soon be retrofitted with the familiar dog-tooth leading edge, serving with the famous 19(F) squadron for a number of years. The aircraft later served with 229 OCU before being sold to the Chilean AF in the 1970s where it is now apparently preserved.

 

By now a familiar kit, the Airfix Hunter goes together really nicely, with just a bit of filler needed around the tail fin join to the fuselage.

 

I added an Eduard etch set for the instrument panels and cockpit, and used a 10mm aluminium tube for the inner jetpipe as the kit doesn’t include one. The inside of the flaps was bare so I used spare Academy ones. Finally I scratch built the two little spine aerials and little pipe on the rear fuselage. Decals are from Xtradecal set 48-105. Paint was gloss dark sea grey and dark green spray cans, and silver spray undersides.

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Comparison with the Academy Hunter.

 

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I’ll definitely be making another of these, and the F.4/F.5 at some point.

 

All comments welcome! 
 

 

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Thanks for the comments chaps! I just need to set one of the ailerons to up for a more realistic position. 

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Looks great.  Is that Eduard etch around the canopy frame & mirror?  Looks good.  I have toyed with the idea of turning one of these in to G-HUNT although I would need to remove the dog tooth on the wing - any easy way to do this with this ki?

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2 hours ago, bar side said:

Looks great.  Is that Eduard etch around the canopy frame & mirror?  Looks good.  I have toyed with the idea of turning one of these in to G-HUNT although I would need to remove the dog tooth on the wing - any easy way to do this with this ki?


 

Thank you! Yes, the frame and mirror are from the Eduard etch set, although I added some glossy silver card to the mirror to make it look a bit more reflective.

 

I think I remember reading that in the Airfix Hunter F4/F5 kit the instructions say to cut off the dogtooth, but that kit has separate pieces to attach for a straight wing so could be a better starting point for yours? 

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37 minutes ago, Lord Riot said:


 

Thank you! Yes, the frame and mirror are from the Eduard etch set, although I added some glossy silver card to the mirror to make it look a bit more reflective.

 

I think I remember reading that in the Airfix Hunter F4/F5 kit the instructions say to cut off the dogtooth, but that kit has separate pieces to attach for a straight wing so could be a better starting point for yours? 

Yes, sounds like the F4/F5 would be better.  I know G-HUNT was a late model (Danish?) Hunter but she had no Sabrinas or dog tooth on the wing

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