1:32 Hawker Hunter T.7 Conversion from Fisher Models

Fisher Model & Pattern
Kit number: A-3216
Available direct from Fisher Model & Pattern
List price USD 75.00 (about GBP 47.00 / Euro 54.00) + Postage

Going for a walk with my wife in a town nearby I was very surprised to see a store that had plastic kits in its shop window! This has really become a very rare sight here in Germany or at least where I live. So, for SWMBO shares this hobby with me it wasn´t too hard to persuade her to enter the shop...

To make things short: I couldn´t leave the shop without buying a kit of Revell´s Hawker Hunter F.Mk.6 in 1/32 scale. I always liked the shape of the aircraft and the kit´s parts look very good with fine engraved panel lines. Back at home, after having had a closer look at this kit, I placed it in my (ever growing) stash to be build later. Hey, you know what I mean!

Fast forward... Recently I got a parcel from Paul Fisher of Fisher Model & Pattern. I was very excited to see another of Paul´s masterpieces in my hands: a Hawker Hunter T.7 trainer conversion set. Having built his Hawker Sea Fury Fb.II kit some time ago I know and admire his handiwork!


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The Hawker Hunter first took into the air in 1951 entering operational service in 1953, with the first two-seat trainer version getting in service with the Royal Air Force in 1958. It remained in service with the RAF until 2002 after being on duty for 44 years!

Thanks to Paul Fisher we are now able to build Revell´s nice F.6 or FGA.9 Hunter kit as a T.7, the two-seater training aircraft. The kit arrived in a very strong top-opening white cardboard box 24.5 x 11 x 5.5 centimetres in size. There is a colour printed adhesive label on each end of the box telling you what´s inside.

Upon opening this box there is a familiar sight: lots of smooth white Paper. The nice people at Fisher Model & Pattern are very careful in wrapping all major parts in this paper to protect them from being damaged on the way to you. The instructions, the decals and the photo etched parts lie flat at the bottom of the box below the resin parts.


I immediately unwrapped all the parts and wasn´t disappointed: not a single part has been damaged! Apart of two really large parts there are a lot of smaller parts, most of them to detail the cockpit area. The complete forward fuselage of the Hawker Hunter will be replaced by a single resin part nearly 18 centimetres long! This single resin part has the cockpit tub and the wheel bay for the front landing gear already moulded in. Have a look at these details and the perfect castings:


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<br />The second large resin piece is the back of the cockpit tub and a new spine for the fuselage:</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">
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<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">A feast of tiny rivets!</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"> 

Having had a lot of pleasure building and painting Fisher Model´s highly detailed Sea Fury cockpit it looks like he had a field day adding details to the Hunter´s cockpit, too! The cockpit floor with sidewalls and instruments:


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<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">These will be further detailed by photo etched and resin parts!</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"> 

In my opinion most impressive are the two ejection seats for the flight instructor and the pilot trainee:


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<span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;">A drawing courtesy of Martin-Baker is to be found on page 5 in the kit´s instructions showing the ejection seat from two angles. A lot of the seat´s details are denominated in this drawing with colour call-outs on how to paint these details. Doing these parts I would suggest having another look at colour pictures on the internet. A quick search for “Martin Baker 4HA” should help.

 
 

The transparent parts of the canopy are cast in clear resin! I have found no indication in the instructions whether these clear resin parts have already been dipped in Future by Fisher Model or not, as they have been in my Sea Fury kit. Nonetheless they look very good, and for the conversion kit´s canopy is designed to be displayed open a lot of the fine detail will be seen on the finished kit!


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<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">There will be resin and PE parts added later to add more details. I especially like the addition of the de-misting tubes!</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> 
 

Now, let´s have some more pictures of some details of this kit:

 


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</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span face="Arial, sans-serif" size="2" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"></p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;">The single cannon of a T.7 trainer (the hole in front of the fuselage is for a gun camera) to be applied to the large forward fuselage part:


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 <br /> </p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The tail cone, re-designed for the T.7, housing the brake parachute:</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;">
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<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Despite having moulded the large new fuselage front part hollow adding this conversion set to Revell´s Hawker Hunter kit will enhance the total weight considerably. To take no risks Fisher Models provides you with a new and sturdy metal landing gear legs! The instructions give credit to Ross McMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversion so I guess he mastered these new landing gear legs.</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">
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<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The main instrument panel and many more parts are added as photo etched parts on this fret:</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">
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<br />I would add some blobs of white glue or acrylic resin to some of the levers to get them more three-dimensional.</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> <br /> </p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;">I mentioned the instructions in this review, now; they are printed two-sided on three sheets 21.5 x 28 centimetres in size in the “typical” Fisher Model style. The assembly steps are shown on reasonable sized b/w pictures, supported by helpful comments and remarks. Only 4 of the six pages are needed to show you how to convert your Revell kit to a T.7 trainer aircraft, with the fifth page showing the aforementioned diagram from Martin-Baker and some credits to people who contributed to this conversion set.

 

The sixth and last page finally gets you the painting instructions for the three marking options given with this set on the decal sheet. This is the only point where I felt a miss for I could not find a single word on any of these three marking options nor the paints needed for them! It´s only the colour drawing, that´s it!

 

But thanks to the internet and Tom Cleaver and his build report about this conversion (to be found here) we get the information that in my opinion should have been found in the conversion kit. At least in my set of instruction there is enough space left on the bottom of page 6 to add this information. It should be there!

 

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A very fine set of decals is included for the three marking options of this conversion set. They look absolutely perfect on my sheet, with good colour saturation and perfect fit. They look very thin on the carrier paper and will surely look as having been painted on when applied to a glossy surface and covered by a final clear coat!


The Revell kit´s decal sheet will supply additional decals and stencils that have understandably not been repeated on this sheet.


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 </p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Finally there is a sheet of printed glossy paper with the instrument dials on. This is a magnified shot; the dials will look perfect when sandwiched between two PE parts:</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;">
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</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Last item is a small piece of clear plastic film you will have to cut small pieces from to depict the two sights. I decided not to do a picture of a small transparent piece of plastic...</p> <p style="line-height: normal; text-align: justify;"> 
 

So what do we think?
This surely is no shake-and-bake conversion kit and not aimed at beginners. But it is manufactured to a very high standard with most of the parts brimming with details. The resin casting is top-notch with only some very few pin holes and imperfections that will be overcome with no effort. Check and re-check the parts fit and you will be rewarded with a stunning aircraft kit in your collection!

 

I only wished Fisher Model would give some information in regards to the marking options or at least some colour call-outs for them in this conversion kit. There are none. This is the only drawback I could find. Maybe they could provide this information on their website to be downloaded by their customers?!?

 

This is a limited edition kit, so get yours soon!

 

Very recommended (with some modelling experience on your belt)

 

Many thanks to Paul Fisher for the review sample!
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Thomas Mayer

 

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