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August 24, 2010

Book review: The Hawker Hunter, A Comprehensive Guide by Paul Bradley

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Reviewer’s note:  I have a causal acquaintance with the author of this volume and have met him on a couple of occasions as well as having exchanged emails in regard to modeling.  The author was also kind enough to sign my copy of the book when I bought it at the Phoenix Nationals this year.

The Hawker Hunter

Before I built my first Hawker Hunter model, I was not really a fan of the aircraft.  The Revell 72nd scale kit, Jim Bates and the author of this book, Paul Bradley, convinced me of the error of my ways.  When I built that Hunter kit, I wish I’d had this book for reference.  If I had, I wouldn’t have made the mistake of painting a rear frame on the Hunter canopy. (There is no frame at the rear of a Hunter canopy) 

This book is what all modelers would want in a reference.  It has a nice history of the aircraft with enough detail so that the modeler knows the history of the subject, but without the mind numbing detail you find in many reference books.  One nice thing the history does is to highlight and delineate the external physical differences of the different version of the Hunter.  This, among other touches, tells you that the book was written by a modeler and with the modeler in mind. 

The Hunter was used by many different air forces and the author spends a number of pages on all the different operators, the versions they used, and the combat experience, if any, they had with the Hunter. This is accompanied by a very nice colors and markings section with illustrations of the Hunter in the colors of its many different operators. 

The walkaround and detail photos and illustrations are enough to allow any modeler to obsessively detail their kit of the Hunter with no conceivable view unrepresented.  This section alone is worth the price of the book and this section and the color illustrations have me wanting to build another Hunter. (Or two.) 

Finally there is an excellent section on models, decals and aftermarket accessories for building a model of the hunter in scales ranging from 32nd to 144th

I’d be had pressed to think of a better modelers reference book on any aircraft subject.  For the $20 that this book costs, the modeler has all the information he needs to build any version of the Hunter, from any kit, in any scale.  You can’t ask for more than that.

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January 21, 2010

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modeller Int’l Vol.15 #11

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 8:49 pm
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SAMI1511

SAMI Vol. 15 #11

I’ve review enough previous issues of this magazine so that the readers of the blog know the general layout and content of this magazine.  SAMI and its companion magazine MAM are two of the magazines I try to make sure I get every issue of.

This issue features an article on the HS 126.  The historical article is good, but the related modeling article is a 48th scale build.  There is a report and photos from the IPMS/USA Nats, as well as reviews of several new 72nd scale kits.  There are also 72nd scale build articles on two Hawker Hunter conversions and a TSR.2 build.  A good issue.  Not a great issue, but good.

January 14, 2009

End of the year lists

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Every December and January you get “end of the year” lists.  Best of this…Worst of that, etc.  If it is good enough for everone else, it is good is enough for me.

Top 10 models I completed in 2008:

#10 thru #2 {blank}

#1 Revell 72nd scale Hawker Hunter

Now, I know what you are saying to yourself.  It is number one because it is the only model you finished in 2008.  While techincally true, that doesn’t keep it from being #1.  As I said in a previous post, it is a great kit.

Ten worst models I finished in 2008. (See list above)

Yep, same reason. Only one model finished.  Pretty sad.  Doesn’t make for much of a list.

Top ten models I’d like to complete in 2009.  Now I know what you are saying to yourself.  You finished one in 08, what makes you think you can finish 10 in 09?  I don’t really.  My eyes are always bigger than my stomach or my building skills.

10. Academy F-8E (The Battle of the Barristers build)

9. Trumpeter Su-15

8. Trumpeter P-40B/C

7. Revell Me-262

6. Trumpeter Hawker Sea Fury

5. DML MiG-17

4. Another Revell Hawker Hunter

3. Hasegawa B-24D

2. Revell He-177

1. Anything. Just finish a model!!!!

My next post will be a list of all the models languishing in half built condition in my model room, or as it is known throughout the land, “The List of Shame”.

December 23, 2008

Hawker Hunter Done

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Well, sort of. I still need to add the nav. lights to the top of the wings. Other than that, here it is.

Jordanian Hunter

Jordanian Hunter

Another shot

Another view

Another view

December 17, 2008

New modeling possibilities

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The Russians just announced that they were going to supply, free of charge, 10 MiG-29 fighters to Lebanon.  Read about it here.

October 3, 2008

Sooo close

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Well, the Hunter won’t be done for Huntsville tomorrow.  However it is very close and will certainly be done for Cincinnati on October 18th.  I like the way it is looking.

Decaling in process

Decaling in process

Here is a side view.  I love the Jordanian markings

Decaling the Hunter

Decaling the Hunter

I will try and liveblog from Huntsville Saturday if I can.

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