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Offline Mikey_W_1980

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Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« on: Wed Jan, 10, 2018, 05:16:AM »
Morning All!!

New year, new build and all that malarkey! :D

This has been sat in my stash for quite a while now.  My intention is that this will be the first of a series of British Cold War aircraft in 1:48 scale....Others on the hit list are the Sea Vixen, Lightning, Gloster Javelin, DeHaviland Vampire, in 1:72 the V Force (Victor, Vulcan & Valiant) and if possible.....the Blackburn Beverly.

To start the Hunter....Straight out of the box build, in NATO colours...I may find decals from 208 Squadron if possible.

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So far I have only managed to start the Martin Baker Ejection seat, and part of the tub...the dials are fairly liited in detail and I'm using a sharpened tooth pick to highlight the dials.

More pics to follow asap.



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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #1 on: Fri Jan, 12, 2018, 04:33:AM »

Started the tub, but I think it may need a little more work on the dials....though they will hardly be seen...not sure if its worth it?

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Sadly my camera wouldn't focus properly, so they are a little blurry too :/


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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #2 on: Mon Jan, 15, 2018, 05:22:AM »

A bit more done over the weekend.....

The air intake and engine section....this sits nicely into the fuselage with little issue

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Cockpit and engine intake installed and the fuselage glues and taped up....you do need quite a bit of ballast in the front to weigh the nose down. This instructions advise 10g, but I put a little more in to be sure. I used buck-shot normally used in doll making (kindly provided by other half)

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The work area....plus the nose cone now attached

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Just a side view to show the size of this kit on the A3 size cutting mat i use....Lots of seems and a little filling needing to sorted and gently sanded down.

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Feed back is always welcome :)

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #3 on: Mon Jan, 15, 2018, 01:00:PM »
Looking good so far!

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #4 on: Tue Jan, 16, 2018, 11:51:PM »
Definitely looks to be progressing nicely
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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #5 on: Wed Jan, 17, 2018, 05:16:AM »
Cheers chaps!

I'm taking a bit of time to identify the correct Tamiya paint code for the underside of the Hunter, which is proving to be problematic.

I think it may be a Ocean Grey (RAF) - Code AS-10.


Or possibly AS-11 Medium Sea Grey (RAF)




 But from pictures I've researched into, it looks more like the Gray Green (IJN) AS-29 underside similar to the Spitfire?




Any advise would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #6 on: Wed Jan, 17, 2018, 11:04:PM »
What I found was that until the mid 60s they were high speed silver underneath. After that point, I found references to light aircraft grey or a light azure blue. There doesnt seem to be a general consensus on just one grey.

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #7 on: Thu Jan, 18, 2018, 05:28:AM »

That was pretty much my conclusion also. :)

I think certainly a light aircraft gray would be the best route.

Thanks for your help though @smokeriderdon
 
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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #8 on: Fri Jan, 19, 2018, 05:06:AM »

Only managed a little bit of bench time last night, so I had a crack at the wings.....slight issues with the fitment...as you can see there is a quite a seem gap between the wing and fuselage top side...the bottom isn't much better either...

I think it may have something to do with the Air intakes for the engine making the gaps smaller than it should. Its workable but plenty of liquid filler needed I think?

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Will be paying a visit to www.emodels.co.uk tomorrow to pick up some rattle cans for the paint job.

The plan is to do the Hunter in the NATO paint scheme, and if possible, 208 Squadron markings. Problem is to find the appropriate decals.


Any help would be appreciated :)


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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #9 on: Fri Jan, 19, 2018, 11:52:AM »
Let me suggest perfect plastic putty. The stuff is awesome. It is water soluble so excess can easily be cleaned up with a damp qtip. You can usually manage to not have to sand at all along wing joins.

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #10 on: Fri Jan, 19, 2018, 12:25:PM »
https://www.emodels.co.uk/deluxe-materials-40ml-perfect-plastic-putty-tube-044.html

Would it be this stuff?

Thanks for the advice though :)

I'm using the Vallejo putty at the moment which isn't too bad

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #11 on: Sat Jan, 20, 2018, 06:17:PM »
Yes. that is it! I absolutely love the stuff. Just about the only thing I use.

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #12 on: Mon Jan, 22, 2018, 05:16:AM »

Managed to pick some of the putty up on Saturday... really nice stuff to work with too...only managed a bit of bench time.....Wings were fitted with quite a large panel gap top and bottom

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However, in the fumbling, the head up display pinged off to be devoured by the carpet monster......luckily I found it again minus the glass 6 hours later. Can easily fashion this out of some clear plastic

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First use of the Super putty and its done a decent job! next up....flaps...up or down?

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #13 on: Mon Jan, 22, 2018, 11:14:PM »
Glad it worked for ya! Knew it would.  ;D

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Re: Academy Models 1:48 Hawker Hunter
« Reply #14 on: Tue Jan, 23, 2018, 06:34:AM »
I HATE THAT CARPET MONSTER!sweet build mym8👍
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