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

27th April 2014

I can believe it’s not butter, but I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last Hunter update :$

Work has been progressing but I have to admit my Hunting mojo took a bit of a hit after doing the cockpit, I found I’d zoomed in so much on the detail that I was starting to develop a bad case of perfection-itis. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that my work is perfect – far from it! But when I got back into the hobby I promised myself I wouldn’t get bogged down in perfectionism otherwise I’d never finish anything. They say “perfectionism is the thief of the good”, and I was at risk with the Hunter of drifting into perfectionism and missing out on ending up with a good model and having an unfinished one on the shelf of doom instead…

I still had a bit of detail to sort out though before I could adopt a more medieval approach to my modelling 😉

The control column provided in the kit isn’t bad but the top was just a block of plastic with no detail. A few small bits of styrene sheet soon livened it up…

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The safety covers on the top of the stick were painted to look like a sort of red Bakelite colour. The boot at the bottom was painted a similar hue but with a bit less red to simulate the brown canvas that was used on the original. A few white dots were added to represent lace holes (according to my reference photos the canvas boots were laced up).

A bit of dry brushing with silver and we’re getting somewhere, though the hand grip still looks a bit factory fresh for my liking…

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To create a bit of texture for the hand grip, I pressed the edge of a diamond needle file into the grip.

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With the cockpit now complete it could be fitted into the front fuselage section. No dramas here and it all fitted like a glove (a very cockpit shaped glove, with no fingers).

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Now we’re cooking on gas, no need for magnifying lenses and single hair paint brushes here – the rear fuselage sides went together really nicely.

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I started to assemble the wings and found the first bit of “iffy” fit that I’ve come across with this kit. The wing halves just didn’t want to go together. I ended up having to sand off quite a bit of the internal moulding of the wheel well as shown in pencil below.

Had to be a bit careful here not to sand all the way through. Once done the wings closed up fine.

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Now I have to say that the wings were assembled a few weeks ago, and I carried on with the build today – which will help to explain the next bit…

 

I decided to carry on with the HUD assembly, one small problem – I couldn’t find the part!

 

I checked the carpet – nothing there. I checked all my other work in progress kit boxes – not in there either.

 

I tidied my work surface (I know, drastic isn’t it?)… No joy…

 

By this point I was getting desperate, I re-checked the sprue for part 14 – and there it was – gone. I checked the space where part 14 used to be several times but it didn’t re-materialise even once!

 

Finally I looked in the most obvious place you can imagine, that’s right, I looked inside the starboard wing FFS!

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Having prevented the HUD assembly from just becoming another suspicious rattle each time the model is moved I gave it a coat of Tamiya Rubber Black (for a bit of variety) along with the masked up HUD glass.

It also got a smattering of German Grey and a dry brushing with Mr Metal Color Aluminium.

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Right, I’m on a mission to create an airplane shaped object now. Next in order for that to happen are the intakes.

These have a few parts to them and will take a little bit of thought. Having done a quick dry fit of them with the wings and fuselage it’s clear that you can’t see into them very easily, but with a bit of good lighting it is possible to see down to the compressor blades…

So I’m going to attempt a reasonable job at cleaning them up and making them look nice (just in case someone looks up there).

First off were some ejector pin marks inside the intakes.

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The easiest way to get rid of the ejector pin marks was to just sand them out with a coarse Flory skinny stick…

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I also noticed a bit of an angular lip at the intake mouth…

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A few swipes with a skinny stick soon eliminated the sharp edge. To be honest it wouldn’t have been seen from the outside, but knowing my luck would somehow figure prominently in every reveal photo that I take later – so best to deal with it 😉

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I also noticed some locating pins that might be visible to intake peepers…

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A bit of stabbing with a sharp knife and more sanding soon made the locating pins history…

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The instructions show the intakes going together in one great big parts implosion. This is a bit naff because you wouldn’t be able to do any filling of seams. So I decided to build the outer part of the intakes first, do all the filling and painting and then install the innards last…

The intake outers fit well after you bend them into shape. To help coax them into shape I “tack welded” them together with blobs of CA cured with kicker spray. Once the intakes were tacked together I ran over the seams with Mr Cement-S to provide a permanent (crack proof) join.

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The inside of the seams were filled with Humbrol Model Filler. This is so that it can be wiped over with cellulose thinners once set. Perfect Plastic Putty won’t work for this as it is impervious to cellulose thinners when dry. I could have used PPP and wiped it with a wet cotton bud before it dried, but it would give too porous a surface for the forthcoming metaliser to go over…

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And here we are after the intakes have been given a good coat of Mr Metal Color Stainless Steel buffable metaliser. The fan was done with Mr Metal Aluminium. Normally I wouldn’t use Aluminium for the fan blades because it’s too bright. But since these fan blades are buried right in the depths of the intakes I wanted to give them every chance to shine, so Aluminium it was!

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The intake components got a buffing and then a coat of a strong black ink wash…

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As I said, I’m not following the instructions regarding the assembly of the intakes (I know, rebel without a clue!).

Here’s the fan assembly about to go into the intakes…

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And finally the intake inner sides go into place.

I haven’t glued it at this point, but when I did glue it I didn’t glue the top edges of the intake side walls. The reason for this is that the intakes “clip” onto the front fuselage section and you need a bit of give in the intakes to allow them to spring open and over the front fuselage. Leaving the tops of the unglued allows for a bit of flex in the assembly.

BTW for glueing it I used blobs of CA backed up with a good seam of PVA all over.

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The front fuselage dry fitted onto the intake assembly (that added flex definitely came in handy at this point)…

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The front fuselage attached to the rear fuselage. The intakes are dry fitted to allow for some give when the wings go on.

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I took a few moments to attach the front coaming and HUD assembly…

The front coaming wasn’t a great fit and took a bit of filing of slots to get it to sit nicely.

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And finally, with wings attached she’s starting to look like a Hunter!

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Woot!

 

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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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