I've just completed a Revell Hunter kit. This provided a couple of firsts for me. It was the first 1/72 aircraft model that I've built since 1985 and it was the first kit that I've built totally Out Of the Box since I were nowt but a lad. (I made the 66 Sqn option)
I must admit to having my doubts about it while I was building it. Once painted and varnished ready for the decals, it just looked very toylike. I think that this was a combination of the glossy finish and the very sleek lines of the aircraft. In such a small scale, I feel that a model needs to either be an ugly shape or to have lots of bits hanging off it before it starts to look good.
Thankfully, now that the model is finished, with drooped flaps, underwing tanks, open cockpit and a very dull satin finish, it looks great. So great in fact that I'm hooked! I feel that I'll be buying quite a few more of these in the future.
I tend to build variations on a theme which explains why 83% of my collection is comprised of Spitfires and Bf109s! I'm now becoming fixated on Hunters and believe me, there are a lot of possible variations. The recent Xtradecal sheet for International Hunters has a Singaporean aircraft in essentially USAF SEA camouflage but using British colours, which looks very tasty indeed.
However, to my point...
The Revell Hunter has obviously been produced with other variants in mind. The nose cone, tailpipe and wing leading edges are all seperate parts, which makes the production of kits for early and late versions very easy. Does anyone know if Revell has any plans to actually do this? Failing that, are there any after-market resin sets in the pipeline?
A realise that making an early Hunter from the Revell kit is a very easy matter - a few strokes with a razor saw and five minutes work with a file... However, making an FGA9 or an FR10 is a little more complex. I don't want to have to take the back end from an Airfix kit every time - that would just be a waste.
Ideally what is needed is a companion kit from Revell, an FGA9 with an optional FR10 nose and a decent assortment of underwing stores. What are the chances?