forthcoming 1/72 scale
This is the soon to be released Revell 1/72 scale Hawker Hunter. I
was more than a little bit surprised by the quality of the mouldings for
this scale and was was equally impressed with the fit of the model.
In all, construction of this model only took a couple of days, and I
would have had it completed much sooner than I did had I not had several
other projects on the go, namely my 1/32 scale Hayate. I am confident
that any level of modeller could have this model completed to a very
high standard over a weekend.
There are no fit problems and aside from the lack of proper locator
points for the well flaps the tidiness of the engineering on the kit is
to be commended.
While I had this model nearing completion just for curiosity I
compared it to the 1/32 scale FG.9 by Revell as well. This kit is
actually better detailed than the 1/32 version in most respects
aside from the cockpit.
What stood out most to my eyes was the wheel wells.
The model has been finished in Xtracolour enamels which sparyed with
their expected quality and at the risk of sounding like a broken record,
come highly recommended.
As the kit was a test shot I needed to source some aftermarket decals
and after a brief search I came up with Xtradecal 72046 which has
several nice schemes on it with aircraft spanning the late 50's to the
early 80's. As Xtradecal are printed by Microscale there is no problem
with quality and with a bit of Micrset and sol they settled on to the
surface perfectly. On top of this went my standard wash of Winsor &
Newtons Raw Umber and this was sealed in with matte varnish. I used
small amounts of CMK's stardust on the wheels to "dirty" them up a bit,
and with that the model was complete.
For a complete and more in detail look at this model there will be a
full build article in the next issue of Scale Aviation Modeller
As far as I am aware at this moment there is not long now to wait for
this kit to be released from Revell, and I can honestly say that this
wil be every bit worth the wait for even the most discerning of Hunter
fan. I never build 72nd scale kits, but I found this one to be an
enjoyable build with very satisfactory results. I think I'll have to get
that 32nd scale version onto the workbench soon...
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