1/32 scale Hunter mk6. of Revell kit
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Continueing the build of the mk.6 ... (see page I for previous steps)
After the colours were applied, the overall model got a coat on Johnson Future gloss coat. This will prevent silvering when adding the decals. Another trick when applying the decals is to use Johnson Future as "glue" by sliding the released decal through an amount of Future holding it with tweezers.
Revell also provides in this kit their usual very high quality decalsheet. There are hundreds of decals! The markings and stencilling are all there. It took me over 2 days to get the appropriate decals in place on the model, but the result is worth it.
For this model, the decals came for 70% from the Revell kits (especially the stencilling), 20% from a Dutch Decal set (mainly the numbers and roundels) and 10% from other decals (like the Echelon Hunter sets).
the decalnumbers #xxx differ between the different Revell Hunter kits.
You find however many similar stencilling symbols.
Dutch AF markings for the Hunters after April 1960 including the mk.6 consisted of roundels in 4 positions. The 2 wing roundels were smaller at 90 cm and the fuselage roundels standard 75 cm.
The Revell mk.6
kit provides excellent decals for the smaller stencilling but the Dutch
AF roundels are too light blue. The roundels were replaced by decals from
Dutch Decal set #72029 . The Hunter markings came from
the Dutch Decal set #32004.
A Hunter F.mk 6 of RNETh AF 325 squadron , code N-219 is depicted .
Not all Revell
kit mk.6 smaller stencilling are correct for Dutch AF Hunters.
STEPs 24 up to 35.
It is no problem to assemble the kits undercarriage and no modification was needed.
As noted before, some of these parts were already aluminium painted. The moulded flattened tyres are a bit exaggerated though, but I left them as they were. Note that the tyres should be vertical on the ground. So do not fit them on the legs yet, but leave off. I had to enlarge the aixle hole a bit.
First assemble the gears without their wheels.
When dry, fot the wheels to get a perfect horizontal and vertical fit.
Also the wing tip lights were added and tinted with transparant RED and GREEN with Tamiya transparant acrylics. The parts needed some trimming as they are a bit too large. Add some Kristal Kleer to get a good smooth result.
From STEP 23, the horizontal stabilizers
were fitted that had also been airbrush. The fit was not perfect! I had
to thin down the lips and add some white glue to suggest there is no gap.
Here you see some added detail with
this technique in the sabrina area..
The Hunter has
numerous small antenna's:
Also, I found
that on the forward nose gear door there are visible lock mechanisms. These
were made from thin card.
The ejection seat was already almost finished and it was painted mostly black and safety harnesses added. A little drybrushing highlighted the smaller details. For the F.mk6 the ejection pull rods were painted yellow with black striping.
And than finally: the ejection seat was put into the cockpit and the canopy fixed with a tiny drop of white glue on its lower edge.
the striping on the canopy and details
Hawker Hunter F.mk 6 of RNETh AF 325 squadron , code N-219 as based on Soesterberg AFB around 1965. It entered service in 1958 at 324 squadron and was sold to Hawker mid 1968.
This Hunter F.mk6 looks as if it is ready for take off!
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