21st February 2014 – The Mighty Hunter
Recently I’ve been building a lot at 1/72 scale, which I love doing. It’s also good for the limited workspace I’ve got available – smaller models means more space on the bench. However it’s time to tackle something a bit larger…
This is a kit I’ve had in my stash for about 7 years, but to be honest I haven’t tackled it because up until now I didn’t feel like I had the skills to do it justice. 7 years ago I didn’t actually possess an airbrush (well not one that worked anyway) and this is a kit that deserves more than just brush painting.
The Hawker Hunter is IMHO one of the most beautiful jets ever built, carrying on the graceful smooth lines that were so prevalent in the WW2 prop aircraft that were it’s ancestors. Designed by the creator of the Hurricane, Sir Sidney Camm, the Hunter was also a massively successful export for the UK aerospace industry and though the Hunter only saw limited action it can only be considered a success story in every respect.
When I was a nipper living in South Wales, we lived about 10 miles from RAF Brawdy, so Hunters were a regular sight flying around the Pembrokeshire coast and I was lucky enough to get to go on a trip to the base once was allowed to clamber onto one and have a look inside the cockpit.
So having sufficiently limbered up on some 1/72 kits I feel ready to take on the Mighty Hunter, and hope that I can do it justice!
Here’s some photos of the box contents – instructions, decals & sprues…
The instructions got lost somewhere along the way, luckily I managed to find a copy of them online and have printed out a copy.