1/32 scale Hunter mk4. through conversion of Revell kit
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After the colours were applied, the overall model got a coat on Johnson Future gloss coat. This will prevent "silvering" when adding the decals. Another trick when applying the decals is to use Johnson Future as "glue" by sliding the released decal through an amount of Future holding it with tweezers.
The decals came for 70% from the Revell
kits (especially the stencilling), 20% from a Dutch Decal set (mainly the
numbers and roundels) and 10% from other decals (like the Echelon Hunter
Royal Netherlands AF (KLu) markings for the Hunter mk.4 consisted of roundels in 6 positions. The wing roundels were on mk.4 usually very big (120 cm) and the fuselage roundels standard 75 cm.
Hunter Mk.4 RNeth AF
The roundels came from Dutch Decal #72029 . When you use the DD decals roundels, carefully trim with scissors their edges otherwise you will end up with nasty white edges!
The Hunter markings came from the Dutch Decal set #32004, including the mk 4 coloured squadron blocks on the vertical tail. Also, the numbers and a/c numbers were used from that sheet but you carefully need to cut and put each number as a seperate decal. This is quite some work to get them perfectly aligned.
The model will depict a mk.4 model of RNETh AF (Klu) no. 325 squadron with code "3P-17" / serial N-115.
It took me over 2 days to get the appropriate decals in place on the model, but the result is worth it.
The Revell kit FGA9/mk.58 provides excellent decals for the smaller stencilling that are usuable for the Dutch AF mk.4. For Dutch AF planes, the correct "lift" symbol #103 is provided.
Warning marking #60 can be used, but remove the red-border tri-angle lines.
STEPs 25 up to 36.
It is no problem to assemble the kits undercarriage and no modification was needed.
As noted before, some of these parts were already aluminium painted. The moulded flattened tyres are a bit exaggerated though, but I left them as they were. Note that the tyres should be vertical on the ground. So do not fit them on the legs yet, but leave off. First assemble the gears without their wheels, the legs are fitted at an angle.
When dry, fit the wheels to get a perfect horizontal and vertical fit. I had to enlarge the aixle hole a bit.
The bays are silver and got internal details like hydraulic lines etc. Note that the rear nose gear doors extends into the bay.
Skip step 40 pitot for later..
Also the wing tip lights were tinted with transparant RED and GREEN with Tamiya transparant acrylics.
From STEP 24, the horizontal stabilizers
were fitted that had also been airbrush. The fit was not perfect! I had
to thin down the lips and add some white glue to suggest there is no gap.
First by using acrylic paint of Revell of their new range of acrylics. Used were the black, dark grey and silver acfyllics. These were heavily thinned with car window washing anti-freeze fluid bought at the department store and applied with a very thin brush. Wipe off any excess and do NOT overdo it! This works perfectly!
Also, I did some "sanding" with very fine polishing paper at some painted areas and the edge between the aluminium lower areas and the upper camo areas.
The Hunter has
numerous small antenna's:
After a total clean up, the model got a semi-gloss overall coat of Johnson Future mixed with some Tamiya matting agent. This give the overall model a very nice sheen.
The ejection seat was painted mostly
black and safety harnesses added. A little drybrushing highlighted the
smaller details. For an early mk.4 the red ejection pull rod was painted
red. (NOTE: I first put 2 pull rods on top of the seat but found out there is only one! this was corrected ).
Here you can see the lower details, not the slightly weathered panellines
The model is ready! What a nice one for the collection!!
(click to enlarge photos)
Hawker HUNTER mk.4 of RNETh AF 325 squadron with code "3P-17" / ser N-115, based at Leeuwarden AFB and Twenthe at the end of nineteen fifties. Delivered April 1956 to 325 sq, went to 324 sq August 1956 and written off March 1963.
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