S1/72 Airfix Hawker Hunter FGA9

I came across this model and a few others in the loft recently. It was built many years ago, and I don't think it has been available for some time. It's based on the F.6 I believe, that was first available in the 60's, but was modernised to Mk 9 status in the 70's or 80's. It was a fairly easy build, but lacked detail in the wheel-wells and cockpit, and had raised panel lines as you would expect, but not overly done.

Nose weight is required, which I forgot to add, but I was able to put lead in the front of the drop tanks, which luckily did the trick, and prevented a tail sitter. If I remember correctly the decal options where for 20 Sqn with three colour roundels, or a Kuwait Air Force machine, I went with a set from Modeldecal. 

The underside was dirtied up to give it a worn look, and control surface edges were picked out in black paint.


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This is the same kit in its Kuwaiti Air Force disguise that I made some time ago. Looking at the Airfix Tribute Forum I was surprised to see that this scheme doesn't seem all that popular, I think a bit of bright colour makes a pleasant change. Saying that, the gloss varnish is a bit over the top, but my excuse is that this was built back in the eighties when I had just returned to the hobby.

I was disappointed that no new kit of an early version Hunter was scheduled for release in 1/72 scale this year. A certain German manufacturer does some excellent kits of the later versions, but the F4 of Suez vintage seems to be the forgotten cousin. It's really annoying when some good after-market decals are available. Still, as they say, there's always next year.

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