1/72 scale Hawker Seafury Trumpeter and Special Hobby kits: modelling report
review / modelling report
Hawker had developed some excellent aircraft at the end of the war and using experiences with the Hawker Tempest, a carrier based aircraft called the Fury was developed. Eventually as the war was over, only a navy version was further pursued.
After the second world war jet fighters started to emerge but for carrier operations and tests were ongoing with DeHavilland Sea Venom prototype. But one thought that reliable propeller aircraft were required, so a version of the Fury called the Sea Fury seemed welcome as other prop aircraft were tried like Blackburn Skua, Fairey Fulmar, Hellcat and Corsairs did not meet the needs.
In 1945 the Sea Fury was further tested and eventually selected for use by both the FAA but also by numerous other airforces like those in Australia, Netherlands, Canada. For land based use also Pakistan, Germany, Germany, Burma and even Cuba and Iraq used Sea Furies. In the Korean war also the Sea Fury was used.
(See references for more info..)
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Special Hobby (MPM) issued nice new 1/72 kits of the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 in 2006. It was a vast improvement over the old FROG kit available and short run HighPlanes before that period.
issued a new kit and in 2008 also Trumpeter..surprised
with their 1/72 scale Sea Fury FB.11 kit. Both kits were purchased, so
this modelling report how to build these and improve while moving along.
The Trumpeter kit has much crisper and finer parts than the Special Hobby
kit, which is somewhere between short-run and todays standards' injection
moulded kits, but the latter kit has the better decals. Looking at scale
accuracy they both have their faults although how they look is OK.
This kit has about 90 parts in full plastic. The detailling is very good with nice parts. You have the option to fold the outher wings and there is adequate detail. The shape of the canopy could be better and there is a seam on the canopy that needs polishing.
The cockpit details are good enough for this scale and typically on real Sea Furies cockpit interiors were black so little is to be seen. The propeller shape could be better but the prop can be used.
This Sea Fury would be finished as
a British FAA 802 squadron FB.mk 11 as operated
from HMS Ocean in 1952.
|Assembly was done rather straight
The cockpit is black and small, so the cockpit from the kit was used. It was painted "coal" black and some details drybrushed. If you want to super detail, see the 1/32 build for ideas.
The rest of the assembly gave no problems
and I opted to have the wings folded (the Special Hobby kit would have
the straight wings).
Starting with the Sky, the model was
than masked of and the Extra Dark Sea Grey applied. Masking was done with
Tamiya tape and next the white of the stripes followed by black was applied.
The Trumpeter kit decals seem OK but
are not. The schemes do not seem accurate with some other errors:
The decals are very thin, so take care! I did not really use the Trumpeter decals and used mostly the better Special Hobby decals on the Trumpeter kit as well, representing a British FAA 802 squadron FB.mk 11 as operated from HMS Ocean in 1952.
Unfortunately on both kits, the smaller
airframe stencilling is missing on the decal sheets. I used some paint
using a toothpick to apply them. On both kits, I also added two walkways
at the root area on both fuselage sides; these were made from black sprayed
decal cut to size.
The propeller is not totally convincing
in this kit but good enough. The tips were sprayed yellow on and later
Next the model was given an overall varnish coat with Johnson Clear/Pledge.
For both Trumpeter and Special Hobby
kits I used a FALCON vacuform canopy
set to improve the rear sliding canopies; you will see that the rear curve
is different. The forward canopy is the Falcon better one.
OK, there the
Trumpeter model is....
Below a comparison of the Trumpeter
Sea Fury and the much larger Trumpeter Wyvern, both in 1/72 scale.
This kit needs more work than the Trumpeter, starting with removal of the kit parts from their sprues.
The kit has about 45 parts with plastic and with some resin details and includes two vacuformed canopies (one spare). The canopy shape could be better though. You get also two types of tailplanes and rudders. Stores comprise only the droptank. Also the option to fold the wing is in the kit. If you want a "straight" wing you will need some work with filler.
Carefully cut loose about 1 mm clear from each part and trim and sand. You will need filler on all areas.
In the kit there are some resin parts
as well for cockpit and wheel bay. Two canopies are provided (see note
The Special Hobby kit decals are fine
and nicely printed but need a correction:
Let us start with the build......
Assembly needs some extra work and filler in areas. At the wing root particularly work was needed and fitting the horizontal stabilizers.
After this was all done, a light grey
primer coat was sprayed on.
This book was well used in modelling
the MLD Sea Fury:
During a deployment of Dutch Sea Furies
to the UK, a right wing on a particular plane was damaged. It was decided
to swop this with a British FAA Sea Fury wing. This particular plane was
MLD Sea Fury coded "10-9" with British roundels on the right wing.
Unfortunately on both kits, the smaller airframe stencilling is missing on the decal sheets. I used some white paint using a toothpick to apply them. On both kits, I also added two walkways at the root area on both fuselage sides; these were made from black sprayed decal cut to size.
For the picked scheme, the colours
The Sky demarcation line is at the lower fuselage in this scheme.
Starting with some dark grey lines
sprayed to suggest some depth at panels (pre-shading), next the Sky was
sprayed on. The model was than masked of and the Extra Dark Sea Grey applied.
Masking was done with Tamiya tape.
|The model was given a shiny coat
of Johnson Future (Pledge)
before decal application. The decals was added as the model could be handled
easier at this stage.
View on surfaces with no details added yet to the wheel bays.
- add the rest of the kit parts....
- add gun barrels (see notes above)...
- the tail hook is a bit too long.
- at the wingtips small notches were cut out for the anti collision lights, painted and filled with some Microscale Kleer transparant.
- on the main gear doors sometimes tiny fairings are seen on some Sea Furies; check your references but on this particular plane these were not present.
- A metal pitot tube from a needle
was put in place as well.
The overal model now got a coat of protecting Johnson Future to get an overall nice shine.
The canopy and prop was installed
and as noted before, a FALCON vacuform
canopy was used.
Hobby kit result.....
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