1/32 Revell Hawker Hunter F.Mk.6 – Build Log

30th March 2014

I forgot to mention at the end of my last update that I still had to sort out a harness to go on the seat.

So last week I set out to make some seat belts and related gubbins – all in all it turned into a bit of a mission!

 

I’ve been building the 1/12 F-16 cockpit by Italeri, and noticed that they had a pretty cool way of tackling the harness. They supply sticky backed printed fabric for the belts, and you thread this through plastic injection moulded buckles to make up the harness.

I decided to try and emulate this for the Hunter.

First up was a length of 22 gauge tinned copper wire. (Mine happened to be tinned copper wire, plain copper wire would do the same job).

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Borrowing my wifes jewellery making set, the copper wire was formed into a loop.

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The round loop was then squashed into a chain link shape…

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And then flattened with the smooth faced pliers.

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Then the flattened loop was held in the pliers (a vice would have been handy here)…

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And the edge sanded straight with a coarse Flory sanding stick…

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This was repeated for the other three edges and the result was a square(ish) metal buckle…

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Rinse and repeat (headphones and some decent music help with this process)…

The buckles aren’t exactly the same size, but I’m not too worried as they will be small components of the harness. Also some of them will be glued together to form a larger buckle and once glued they will be sanded to be a similar size.

The two buckles at the bottom have had two corners sanded round, these will be used as the upper seat attachment loops…

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The two upper seat attachment loops CA glued to the seat.

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Here a couple of buckles have been CA glued together and sanded to be similar widths. They’re just about to get a coat of Tamiya clear blue to give them an anodised look…

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Two of the buckles “anodised” blue, and another 4 single buckles sanded round – they will be used to attach to the quick release box (QRB I believe it’s called?).

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The QRB will be made from a couple of bits of circular scrap from my leftovers stash…

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The finished QRB with the rounded buckles CA glued in place, waiting for a bit of paint and weathering…

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A coat of Tamiya flat black, over coated with Humbrol Satin Cote and a bit of silver dry brushing and the QRB is ready to go…

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For the harness webbing I’m using 6mm Tamiya tape. Here I’ve got a length I’m using for the short side straps.

The tape is sticky side up, with a blob of white tack holding it to the work surface.

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Each strap will have sticky ends that are looped through the metal buckles, and stuck back on themselves.

Here another piece of tape has been added, again sticky side up. This tape will be peeled off later when we’re ready to stick the strap to the buckle.

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And another piece of tape, again sticky side up to make the sticky part of the other end of the strap.

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Finally a piece of tape cut to size and attached sticky side down.

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Here’s the final sandwich of tape ready to be cut into strips. The jagged top and bottom has been cut off with a scalpel, and the sides trimmed flush.

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I’m going to need two short straps for the sides of the harness, so two strips have been cut off.

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Once all the straps were made to the correct lengths, they were stuck to a pair of tweezers and given a coat of Tamiya Dark Yellow (XF-60) on both sides…

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Now we’re ready to attach one of the straps to the QRB. Just a case of peeling off the sticky bit at the end to reveal the sticky tape below (as seen in the right of the photo below)…

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And then threading it through the buckle on the QRB and sticking it back on itself.  BTW it’s worth backing up the sticky tape with a small dab of superglue to make sure that the tape doesn’t become unstuck at some point in the future…

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And here’s the QRB with one strap attached… Time to assemble the rest of the harness…

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Here’s a few shots of the finished harness attached to the seat…

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The Tamiya tape ended up being a bit stiff, partly due to it being double thickness, partly due to it being masking tape and not webbing 😉 It took a bit of fondling to get it to sit “naturally” and was aided in sitting nicelt by a few dabs of superglue here and there.

The belts looked a bit shiny and new initially, so I gave them a bit of a scuff up with the end of a sharp pair of tweezers, and they also had a very light ink wash to make them less uniform.

The final bit was to add a hint of stitching near the ends using a sharpened cocktail stick and some Tamiya dark grey paint.

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I spent way too long making the harness, but I’m really happy how it ended up – the Tamiya clear blue did a great job of the blue anodising even though it went over copper.

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6 comments on “1/32 Revell Hawker Hunter F.Mk.6 – Build Log
  1. Macca333 says:

    Bag into modelling after a very long break and I saw this fantastic Hunter build. The hunter was always my favourite aircraft, the last of the beautiful fighters, and so was inspired to have a go. My wife bought me the kit for Christmas and gave me space in the conservatory fo work! I marreid an angle and no you can’t swap her.

    Totally gobsmacked at the quality of this build, if I can get anywhere near it I’ll be over the moon so many thanks for sharing the build with us. Things have certainly moved forward since I was invoved, mind you I do go back to the very first plastic models. The first I built was a Canberra.I won’t say how long ago that was but in those days flying was dangerous and sex was safe.

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks Macca333, it’s a shame they don’t make aircraft with lines like the Hunter any more! The Canberra is another classic jet, will definitely have to build one, one day.

  3. Jamie says:

    I have had my hunter on pause following this , not as good as your self but so many great tips really enjoy an update popping up

    • Richard says:

      Cheers Jamie 🙂 Good to hear you’re enjoying the updates – hopefully the momentum is there now so they should be a bit more regular!

  4. Ken Van Mark says:

    You did a outstanding job on this model..
    It is a pleasure to look at.

  5. Great build, delightful commentary!

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