1/32 scale Hunter mk6. of Revell kit
review / modelling report
The Revell kit of the F.mk 6 (no.04727) was issued in 2006 and was really welcome as it represent an important variant of the Hunter. It uses many common parts' sprues of the earlier issued Hunter kit of the FGA9/mk.58.
All the Revell Hunter kits are very good and well researched. The kit is very accurate, has good outlines and fits very well. But it can be improved in some small areas; this will be covered in this modelling report. Parts have finely engraved panellines and the intake and cockpit are captured very well.
Download kit instructions 04727.PDF
To cater for the F. mk6 version, you
get an extra sprue containing the F mk.6 differences
like exhaust without parachute fairing, slightly different split flaps,
early Sidewinder missiles and their outboard wing pylons. Also, you get
different ejection seat parts for the 2H used in most F .mk6 planes.
As "an always first", some parts got pre-painting while still in their sprues. Some assemblies were even made in the sprues. Examples are "tyre black" details of tyres , cockpit tub and bulkheads, ejection seat and instrumentcover part #20.
An aluminium coat was put onto the gear legs, some smaller parts and undercarriage bays.
Now on to assembly of the F6 or mk.6, which is relatively straight forward (as compared to the mk.4 which need conversion).
that the STEP numbers are based on this F mk.6 kit's instructions.
The ejection seat provided in the Hunter F.mk.6 kit is quite nice with two choices, for a 2H and a 3H. The RNeth AF used mostly the Martin Baker 2H seat; the 2H seat has "higher curved" plates on the sides.
At first, mk.6 Hunters got the 3H seat but often were later on retro-fitted with the earlier 2H seat. There are also different types of grip handles on top of the head rest sometimes seen on MB seats, so check pictures.
Alternatively you can buy aftermarket
NOTE: you may open up the gunports as you wish in part #21. Look at pictures of the particular Hunter you want to model. See also step 53.
STEPs 9, 10 and 11
Skip STEP 13 for later on.
STEPs 15 - 17
Also, the wing
sawtooth should extend 4 mm more inboard as compared to that on the kit.
I added this extension on both wing halves with card and putty.
DO NOT FIT WING HALVES YET!
The overall fuselage is now ready for further taking on the wing halves.
Refer to Revell instruction STEP 18
to assemble the wing to the fuselage. You will find that it may be necessary
to cut off some of the plastic thickness sligthly on the insides of the
parts on the forward bend edges of the wing intake gloves to get a snug
fit. I also had to remove 1 mm on the rear wing root junction.
STEP 21, 22
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