1/32 scale Hawker Sea Fury with the Hobbycraft kit
review / modelling report
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The MLD Sea Fury F-26 with code "6-26" has the standard British Colours of Sky and Extra Dark Sea Grey and the scheme is also the same as on FAA planes. This plane has an orange prop spinner.
The upper fuselage and wing were given a coat of the standard FAA Extra dark sea grey (WEM paint ACRN02 or Humbrol 123) . The other areas were given a coat of Sky (WEM ACRN01 or Humbrol #90).
According to my information, wheel bays on Sea Furies had different colours (interior green, white, silver of sky). The MLD Sea Fury main wheel bay was sprayed white.
A couple of black walkways were sprayed
on (after masking the rest of the area) on both wing root sides.
After applying the paint scheme, the
overall model was given a couple of coats with the air brush of Johnson
FUTURE to get a good surface for applying the decals.
The Hobbycraft decals are well printed
with 5 schemes provided with stencilling but some decals are inaccurate
in areas. Looking at the Dutch naval air service (MLD) scheme, the following
comments can be made:
I opted to make the Dutch MLD Sea Fury F-26 with code "6-26" of the MLD 860 squadron with orange propeller spinner. It is a nice scheme and I had a couple of pictures.
- Dutch MLD national roundels were usually sized with diameter 81 cm of the fuselage and 92 cm on the wings. The Hobbycraft roundels are the incorrect size: the fuselage roundels are too small, those on the wing too large. I used roundels from a Dutch Decal set #72029 and an old IPMS Nederland roundels-set. The Dutch flag was obtained from the Hobbycraft set.
- The Dutch numbers on the Hobbycraft kit decals are although nearly the correct style too small. I opted to use decals from Dutch Decal lettering set #72107 although that still needed adjustments: the style "2" on the aircraft 6-26 is very particular and also I found the an inverted "9" was better for using the "6" number. The number should also be less "solid" so I carefully trimmed with scissors the vertical sides to have "thinner" numbers.
- the KON.MARINE titels are inaccurate
in style, so again these were retrieved from a Dutch
Decal set #72018
After having applied a coat of FUTURE gloss and 24 hours drying, the various (adapted) decals were applied
Next step is to assemble the landing
The colour of the Dutch MLD Sea Fury
main gear legs is unclear but seems to be sky with metallic details at
retracting parts and so on.
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