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 Post subject: Waghorn41's Portfolio
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:47 pm 
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Thought I'd better make a start :roll:
My first ever kit was an Airfix Zero c1961 - yes I've been making kits for a long time. Unfortunately I'm not as 'skilled' as I once was; eyes, hands...
What you'll see here are models built from my current stash, mainly Hawker Hunters as I'm working on a sizable project which hopefully will see a collection of 100+ in scales from 1/144 up to 1/32. There will be a Spitfire and Hurricane as my uncles flew these in WW2, and a Bf109, Black 6 to be precise, as I was on the restoration team. There will be aircraft I've worked on and flown in during my time in the RAF. Oh and occassionally a bit of madness like the Hunter floatplane (with a back story) - it seemed like a good idea at the time and to me it just looks right, but then doesn't every Hunter.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:49 pm 
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First up this very basic early Hunter from Eastern Express (Novo/Frog etc)
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:50 pm 
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2 Squadron FR10 (converted Revell FGA9)
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:51 pm 
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1417 Flight T7 (Matchbox)
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:53 pm 
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12 Squadron T7 (Matchbox)
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:54 pm 
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Fighter Combat School F6 (Airfix F6 - for the RAF Trainers group build))
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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 19:58 pm 
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Hunter floatplane Whif (Matchbox conversion)
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With the world-wide recession biting ever deeper the MOD decided in 2012 that it could no longer support global operations. The UK was being targeted by smugglers and pirates and the Navy had very few vessels suited for inshore patrol work.

Existing aircraft in the FAA inventory were deemed too costly for this sort of deployment due to the support resources required. It was decided to ask manufacturers for design proposals to meet the new requirement.

While sorting through the archives ready to move to a long term storage facility a BAe design engineer came across a concept sketch, dated 1958, for a float plane variant of the Hunter. He immediately realised the potential of an established design with proven structural integrity and payload capability particularly in the two seat variant. A true pilot’s aeroplane and with ease of maintenance the only problem would be acquiring sufficient airworthy numbers from the civil register. The BAe design team reworked the concept into a viable design and acquired a single T7 which was suitably modified ready to present to the MOD.

Re-engined with the FGA9’s Avon 200 and crewed by a pilot and weapons officer/observer the Sea Hunter proved an immediate hit as senior members in the Admiralty realised that with modern technology current warships could be fitted with catapults to enable greater flexibility of the fleet in the absence of the promised carrier replacements.

The Hunter shown is the original BAe prototype fitted with a radar pod and homing torpedo for coastal interdiction. The single Aden was retained for defence and supporting firepower. Able to operate in sheltered coastal waters and ports the Sea Hunter proved a successful asset in the protection of the British Isles.

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PostPosted: Fri 05 Jun 2015 22:39 pm 
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Great start to your portfolio and a very entertaining what-if backstory!

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun 2015 15:34 pm 
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1 Squadron FGA9 (Airfix - for the Early Jets group build)
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun 2015 15:34 pm 
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20 Squadron FGA9 (Airfix)
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun 2015 15:36 pm 
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FRADU GA11 (Revell conversion)
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun 2015 18:08 pm 
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A superb collection of Hunters :)

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Jun 2015 05:13 am 
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Nice collection of Hunters :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat 20 Jun 2015 18:12 pm 
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Nice work!

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jul 2015 13:56 pm 
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Superb work. I'm sensing a theme here...

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul 2015 20:21 pm 
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Another two Matchbox T7:
1. 4FTS (after market decals)
2. oob 92 Squadron 'Blue Diamonds'

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Jul 2015 20:48 pm 
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T7 - great to see this kit made to look so smart.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Jul 2015 02:07 am 
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Very nicely done T birds!! :clapping: Gotta love Matchbox :nod:

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The Hunters are great, I especially love the Blue Diamond which I've never seen before. The finishes look flawless with bold, solid colours. Did you use paintbrush or airbrush? Acrylics or Enamels?

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PostPosted: Thu 30 Jul 2015 16:14 pm 
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All done by brush with enamels. The Blue Diamond is straight from the box although the decals sheet is incorrect - I've almost got enough of these kits to build the whole squadron. The 4FTS looks much better than it really is - I masked off the lower white/red but only for the one colour! Trying to keep a steady hand along the demarcation was impossible and there are overruns everywhere. Unfortunately as the paint is very thin and doesn't cover well it shows. The roundels on the wings are from an Airfix FGA9 and the white is almost transparent so it looks pink...

But at least it's another two completed on the project. Next Hunter should be a 4 Squadron FR10 (converted Revell FGA9) followed by an Airfix F6.

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