1/48 Hawker Hunter F56A (Academy F.6/FGA.9)

Gallery Article by Murli Rajan on Jan 26 2020

India Republic Day



India obtained about 140 Hawker Hunter in 1953, The Hunters played a major role in the 65 & 71 Indo-Pak wars and it fought pitched battles against PAF Sabres and Starfighters. 

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The Academy Kit is a decent kit with good details, but the ejection seat is quite small in comparison. Luckily a friend spared me a resin seat and the ejection cord was scratch built using electrical wire. 

There were a lot of fit and alignment issues with the build.  Specially the wing root, had to shoehorn the wings to the fuselage. I have used Mr.Color acrylic paints. and decals used are Trisonic decals (Hawker Hunter in Indian service) by my friend Phil Camp who passed away last year.  So this build is a tribute to Phil. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Indian Republic Day ,Jai Hind. 

Murli Rajan

Photos and text by Murli Rajan