1/32 scale Hunter Echelon (vacuform kit)
The Echelon kit was issued in the nineteen-eigthies by Frank Brown of the UK. The kit is a vacuform kit , comes with metal parts and extensive decals and allows you to make any Hunter variant. Also an Echelon two-seater vacuform kit was released; here an overview of the single seater kit will be shown.
The Echelon kit comes with many many parts, mostly in vacuform except for the metal details. It comes with various extra parts on exhausts, wing leading edges and stores to create the various variants. The kit is very accurate and it shows the research gone into it through the kit instructions and drawings which are excellent.
The Hunter has imposed kit manufacturers many problems to get the real shape accurate. The fuselages, intakes and wings of various kits (especially a large number of older ones in 1/72 scale) often had errors in shape and size.
The Echelon kit is hard to find nowadays and as Revell of Germany issued an injection moulded kit late ninetees, it will not be that popular anyway by the average modeller.
I have a couple of Echelon kits in the stack as my modelling friend Bas gave me one as he would not built it anyway. I will use some of its parts to make a conversion of the Revell kit to create a Hunter mk.4.
fin and wheel weels
inlet and bulkheads
exhaust parts, with or without para pack
You will also see here that the basic
Hunter shape is a streamlined cylinder.
The canopy and metal parts are shown
here. Metal parts are mostly ejection seat (either 2H or 3H), instrument
panel and landing gear. The canopy has unfortunately become yellow in time
and unusable. Probably I should have covered in by Johnson
Future when I got the kit to prevent light getting through ???
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|As Revell kits can be bought now,
I will use the Echelon kits for some parts for the conversions and probably
not build them. But how do they look?
My modelling friend Henk Hirs made a couple of Echelon kits years ago depicting aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air force. Some pictures are seen below. They should give you an idea on what can be achieved. The kits look very convincing. Henk, thanks for the pictures!
F6 made by Henk Hirs using the single seater kit
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