Hobbycraft 1/48th scale

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Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11

Lt. Peter Carmichael, 802 Sqn HMS Ocean, Korea 1952

Model Built May/June 2004

Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11

1.     Early photo's of the Hobbycraft Sea Fury under construction. By the end of May 2004 most major assembly was complete and here we see the kit with its box art. Visible in the bottom right are the two Cutting Edge resin wheels that have been painted on cocktail sticks held by pegs.

Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11

Cutting Edge resin spinner and prop Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Sea Fury he Sea Fury was one of the fastest piston engine fighters ever built Much work it takes to get a decent model from it
2.     A close-up of the model out this stage of construction. As explained later, the kit had all of its panel lines erased, filled and rescribed. The Cutting Edge resin spinner and prop have been placed on the nose for this photo but would be later mounted on a wooden shaft for painting. 3.     These photo's show the completed model of the Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Sea Fury. It depicts a Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11 of the Royal Navy as flown by Lt. Peter Carmichael of 802 Sqn aboard HMS Ocean off the coast of Korea in 1952. I built this kit in May/June 2004. 4.     This is not a very original subject and it seems as if everyone builds this particular aircraft. However it is one of the most interesting as it is one of only two Sea Furies to shoot down MiG jet fighters in the Korean war. The Sea Fury was one of the fastest piston engine fighters ever built. 5.     Anyone who knows the Hobbycraft kit will know how much work it takes to get a decent model from it. The worst part are the panel lines which have been described as having been "dug by a JCB".
The Panel Lines were all rescribed Exterior detailing set from Cutting Edge Boarding step extended from the wing root Canopy is a vac-formed item from Squadron
6.     I filled all panel lines with superglue and sanded the entire model down with wet'n'dry until smooth. The Panel Lines were all rescribed. A Cockpit Super Detailing set was purchased from Cutting Edge and this built into a quick and easy cockpit using resin parts 7.     I also purchased the Exterior detailing set from Cutting Edge. This supplied the undercarriage and those drop tanks. This set was mostly resin but the undercarriage was white metal. The set also supplied a new propeller and spinner in resin. Gun barrels here are hypodermic needles. 8.     This view shows the boarding step extended from the wing root. This is also from the Cutting Edge set. The boarding step on the fuselage side would open when the undercarriage was down on the real aircraft. I had to cut a hole in the side of the model fuselage and build the step from scratch. 9.     The canopy is a vac-formed item from Squadron. After problems with masking lifting the paint surface on earlier kits I used Halfords primer as an undercoat. Sadly this undercoat gave a far too rough finish and will not be used again. I will use an Matt Enamel Grey undercoat in future applied with an airbrush.
Decals come from the Almark Paint scheme is courtesy of Xtracolor Enamel paints Black acrylic was used in the panel lines Shot of the tail
10.     The kit decals come from the Almark set featuring Peter Carmichael's machine and several others. The Korean War 'invasion' stripes certainly make for an interesting finish..... 11.     The paint scheme is courtesy of Xtracolor Enamel paints with most other colours coming form Humbrol enamels. The entire model is finished with a Badger Air Brush. Weathering has to be subtle on this machine as the Royal Navy kept their machines nice and clean. 12.     Black acrylic was used in the panel lines with a dusting of Oil Pastel to create the exhaust staining and the gun smoke streaks. The exhaust 'natural metal' panel is actually Bare Metal Foil. I scratchbuilt all of the undercarriage bay doors as the kit ones were massively over thick. 13.     A passing shot of the tail. In retrospect I should have airbrushed on a coat of gloss after the Decals were applied and before applying the weathering. The black acrylic tends to stick to matt decal film.
Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11 Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11 Lt. Peter Carmichael, 802 Sqn HMS Ocean, Korea 1952    
14.     These next two photo's were taken in December 2004 after the Display Base was added. The Base is wooden shelving unit that has been stained and varnished. The 'Wooden Carrier' top is made by Verlinden but it has been considerably weathered. 15.     The Base will have a Name Plate and some diorama accessories added later. The original Name plate came back from the maker with spelling mistake so was sent back. After this photo was taken the model and base were draped in cling-film and shelved for storage.    

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