Hawker Hunter T.7 in 1/32 scale
[ Page 3 ]


1/32 scale Hunter T-7 FISHER conversion of Revell kit

kit review building report
... continued from Hunter T-7 page 2.....

For the high speed silver, XTRACOLOR X38 enamel was purchased. This is best airbrushed thinning the paint 50% paint + 25% thinner + 25% white spirit (wasbenzine in Dutch). This is the next colour to add after masking the dayglow areas. 

The cockpit area was masked off.

Using the Steinbeck airbrush, the overall silver result was nice. After 48 hours drying time, the model got a couple of coats of Johnson Kleer/Future again to get a nice glossy shine, ready to get the decals applied.
...
As the canopy was dipped in Johnson Future/Kleer (to get a better gloss look), the canopy framing was hand painted so not sprayed to avoid masking. I was afraid masking the clear areas would damage the kleer/future coats. 

Inside the canopy the etched metal parts like locking mechanism were added and two tiny rear view mirrors inside the frame. (the 3 FISHER mirrors are bit too large, so I made new ones)

The Dutch Hunter T-7 decals came from, as noted on page 2, from Flevo Decals. The decals are VERY THIN, so be very carefull when applying them, they quickly tear off. Overall, the decals went on nicely.

Dutch T-7 serial/code N-304 Hunter was picked to model, and this is one of the options on the decal sheet. Some stencilling data was applied from the Revell sheet as well as some tiny data details are seen on pictures. Noteworthy is the red panel marking at the tailchute area. This was made from spare thin red decal. 


The model was now ready to be completed. The next steps were done:

  • the undercarriages and wheels were added, using the metal gear-legs from the FISHER conversion set; the nose wheel was set at an angle to add a bit different look to the model; the various rods and cylinders were added as per kit instructions. Some hydraulic pipes/lines were added made from thin metal wire.
  • the various antennas on wings, below fuselage and to the T-7  spine were added, some from kit parts, others made from thin metal wire.
  • the canopy inner areas were given the etched metal details as per FISHER instructions, like the small canopy hooks and locking edges. Inside the canopy also a retracting rod was added.
  • the inboard flaps were set closed as usually seen on parked Hunters. 
  • the wingtip clear parts (as per kit) were filed a bit smaller to get a better fit.
  • the wind screen wipers were added (as per FISHER instructions). 
  • the large pitot tube on the left wing was made from a metal needle 
(Note: the T-8C Hunter is seen with red anti-collision lights at the spine and in front of airbrake and an arrestor hook. On the Dutch T-7 Hunters, these are not present). 

The overall finishing really makes the model standing out and worthwhile. The last step was a clean up and giving the overall model a final protecting coat of Johnson Kleer/Future gloss again. 

This completes the 1/32 T-7 Hunter trainer of the Dutch Air Force. 
 



 


.wing tip antenna and pitot tube


the canopy locking hooks can be seen here as well


Some details of the cockpit. A magnetic compass made from rod was added at the middle of the front windshield frame. Also note training gun sights of the T-7.


Upper view


Note the fuselage belly antenna's as well


Note the metal edge around the rear fuselage roundel. Noteworthy is also the red panel marking at the tailchute area. This was made from spare thin red decal. 

...
Landing gear with braking lines made from thin metal wire

.
.
The T-7 upper area needs some modification as compared to the Revell kit regarding grills, louvres


Note windscreen wipers (are in the FISHER set, nice!). Inside the canopy also a retracting rod was added. 

.
A nice addition to my other 1/32 Hunters in the collection.
 

.
Back to Hunter 1/32 main page

Back to 1/32 Models.......

3KB back to home
(c) Copyright "designer"/ All rights reserved/ Amsterdam The Netherlands.Your comments are welcomed by  webmaster
Created this page 
August 6, 2010