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Gary Clark 131/01/2020 23:19:22
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Hi,

I have eventually managed to start my TN Hawker Hunter. I have put my Kougar refurb aside for a bit because i'm waiting for a few bit to arrive that are on back order.

The plan is going to be standard build, tissue and dope the painted but i'm not sure of a paint scheme yet. I like the 2 below but worried about visibility

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I want a Royal Navy scheme (as a serving matelot) but there isn't a lot of high vis ones to choose from.

Anyway, build started buy cutting the kit

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Got the formers, stringers and fan all fitted. Started the sheeting but leaving that to dry overnight before continuing. Fin is cut and shaped and made a start of the horizontal stab. I think this should go fairly quickly

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Gary

john stones 131/01/2020 23:38:53
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Tidy formers Gary, what you cut them with ?

Gary Clark 131/01/2020 23:55:42
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Thanks John. I just use a scroll saw to get close then a disc sander to get them exact. For the middle holes, i cut a rough shape with a dremel multipurpose cutting bit then tidy with the sanding drum on the dremel. Works with 1/8 ply but any thicker the centre hole technique doesn't really work.

Gary

Gary Clark 102/02/2020 20:35:27
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More progress made. I have the tail parts cut and test fitted and control rods fitted for the elevators.

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I've found it quite tricky to shape the cylindrical shape of the fuse without making the skin to thin away from the stringers. Maybe I've been too ferotious with sanding but something to watch out for.

Wings are cut and started shaping but no photos yet. Next job will be to finish the bottom sheeting, shape the raised spine and start the nose. These little birds go together pretty quick so hopefully I can keep up momentum and get it done soon without it ending up on my "I'll just sit that there just now until I sort this" shelf and never getting finished!

Gary

Gary Clark 108/02/2020 14:18:39
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UsMaking good progress despite having a busy week. I definitely think you'd be able to rattle up one of these little jets in a week if you had a few hours each night! I'm definitely enjoying it but it's much smaller than anything I'm used to so that is a challenge for me.

Wing is shaped and been test fitted but ailerons haven't been cut yet

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Wing profile was shaped after drawing the black lines showing where most of the wood will be removed

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Tail parts trimmed up and ready to fit

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Couldn't help trying a test fit af everything

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I am currently about to start shaping the nose then fit the raised spine behind the cockpit. Only hatches and electronics, intake holes and shaping the external intakes to do before finishing can start.

Gary

Lucas Hofman27/02/2020 19:53:21
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This is looking good Gary!

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Tony Callan28/02/2020 15:06:19
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Looks really good "Jack". Tempted but I'm looking more at the Phantom as there's more colour schemes. Not sure if we had these in the FAA. I'll have to see, if so it'll be one of them.

Tony (Ex Bootneck)

Gary Clark 129/02/2020 11:24:50
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Hi Tony, thanks Lucas.

Yes we did have phantoms in the RN and operated them until the late 70's.

Colour schemes are nice but the US had some more exciting ones (or "hoofing" ones as you boot necks would say)

Gary

Gary Clark 129/02/2020 11:25:20
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Hi Tony, thanks Lucas.

Yes we did have phantoms in the RN and operated them until the late 70's.

Colour schemes are nice but the US had some more exciting ones (or "hoofing" ones as you boot necks would say)

Gary

Graham Moore 101/03/2020 18:24:42
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Hi Gary,

Your Hunter is looking good.

I have made the wing and have just got to the stage of sheeting the top and bottom sides of my Hunter. They are drying now. The next operation as far as the RCM&E article reads is to sheet the top and bottom with the 5 mm. I am a bit concerned about doing this now as further on in the artical, after shaping the fuselage it says to fit the snakes. I can't imagine this to be a very easy procedure and wondered if these should be fitted now but not glued so as to allow them to be pulled back slightly during fuselage shaping.

Any thoughts on the subject would be most welcome.

Graham

Gary Clark 101/03/2020 19:11:29
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Hi Graham,

I'd definitely recommend fittng them before sheeting the top of the fuse. I ran mine centrally through the top of the former around the fan and cut some slots through the top sheet. It made shaping a little more awkward where they pop out but that is significantly less work that trying to fit them later.

I found shaping tough without sanding through the top and bottom sheet near the stringers. Maybe just me but some of the skinning is pretty thin now so just take care when sanding. I may have to double up a little once I cut the hatches and have a look from inside but I'll keep you updated.

Gary

Graham Moore 101/03/2020 19:26:54
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Thanks for that Gary, it has put my mind at rest.

Thanks for the tip re shaping, I think I will put some soft pencil marks along the centre of the 2.5 mm top and bottom side sheeting to act as a guide, ie when it's gone stop.

Graham

Gary Clark 105/04/2020 11:23:26
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Hi all,

Finally got a chance to get back into the garage and get building. It is amazing how many tasks the wife can give you when you are on lockdown and a toddler definitely doesn't help managing time!! First job was to sort the bench. A few weeks of inactivity and this has happened...

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Finally got sorted and my 2 current projects were there ready to go (this doesn't include my BT Spitfire which i have a blog for on RC Scale Builder and a Sig Kougar refurb which i have one on this site for...)

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The 1/4 scale moth minor is just slightly larger than the hunter!

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All the major parts were done so just a matter of aligning wings and tail then start the intakes and spine

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It made a massive difference to add the intakes as it really started to look like a hunter now! I have the electronics ready to go and started to cover in tissue ready for paint. Seems to be coming along well so far.

Gary

Gary Clark 109/04/2020 16:03:47
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I got the tissue and dope all done but did the frustrating thing i do when i get excited and i rushed it! tried to do most of the model in 1 go and the result was pretty untidy. Luckily i've had to learn to bee good at sanding and hiding errors over the years!

I still have a little filling and sanding to finish off but she's almost ready for colour. The dope warped the hatch a little so the fit isn't what it was before...

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Gary

Gary Clark 113/04/2020 14:33:33
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Painting is done and decals are on. Just the canopy and surfaces to hinge and she is ready to go.......once we are allowed again!

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Gary Clark 114/04/2020 21:05:21
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And she is done! The surface still need to g on but the hinges still have not arrived but not a long job when they do.

It's been an enjoyable build but much smaller than what i am used to so i did find elements of it tricky but a fairly simple build overall and an experienced builder could have it done in a couple of weeks.

Hopefully some of you found it a worthwhile thread.

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Gary

dan h14/04/2020 21:12:08
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Hi gary.

Looks fantastic great job & great scheme.

Dan

Lucas Hofman14/04/2020 21:17:13
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Looks good. Does going out to fly not count as "exersize"?

Regards, Lucas

Gary Clark 114/04/2020 21:22:50
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Thanks guys.

Haha i have thought about that excuse Lucas but i think "my thumbs are getting fat and need exercise" wouldn't hold up!

Gary

Graham Moore 115/05/2020 19:54:34
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Hi All, Finished my Hawker Hunter this week. Just need to get flying now.

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