MKM14481 1/144 Hawker Hunter T.7 ‘Two-seat Trainer’ (RAF, RNethAF, Danish AF)
One ex-Revell kit and a new frame with different fuselage halves and small parts, also a new injection-moulded canopy is included. One model can be built out of each box.
The Hawker Hunter was a British jet fighter developed during the late 1940s and its prototype, the P.1067, was flown in July 1951. Succeeding first-generation jet fighters such as the Meteor and Venom, the first Hunters were introduced to RAF service in 1954.
The Hunter T Mk.7 was a two-seat trainer variant built for the RAF. It had the single seat nose replaced by a side-by-side seating section. Originally based on the F Mk.4 fighter, six aeroplanes were rebuilt and 65 were built new (incl. 10 a/c for the Royal Navy as T Mk.8s); the first T Mk.7s entered service in 1958. The Netherlands bought 20 T Mk.7 aircraft, half of which were later sold to other countries, including Denmark.
It was a two-seat swept wing all-metal monoplane aircraft powered by a R-R Avon turbojet. It featured two wing-root intakes, single jet pipe, upward-opened canopy, ejection seats and tail-mounted brake parachute. The on-board armament of the two-seat Hunter was reduced to one (or two) Aden cannon semi-buried in the fuselage undersurface, while up to four drop tanks could be carried beneath the wings.
The Hunter was one of the RAF’s mainstays from the mid-1950s through the sixties. It became a popular machine in foreign service, being exported to many countries worldwide. Two-seat variants remained in use for training and secondary roles with the RAF and the Royal Navy until the early 1990s.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Hawker Hunter T Mk.7, XL568, Black X, No.74 Sq., RAF, Coltishall Air Base, Norfolk, U.K., September 1959
2) Hawker Hunter T Mk.7, XL566, White TW, No.1417 (FR) Flight, RAF, Khormaksar Air Base, Aden Protectorate (State of Aden), 1965
3) Hawker Hunter T Mk.7, N-303, White 63, No.325 Sq., Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht, KLu), Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands, 1964
4) Hawker Hunter T Mk.7, ET-273 (ex-Dutch N-302), Black 273, No.724 Sq. (Esk 724), Royal Danish Air Force (Kongelige Danske Flyvevåbnet), Skrydstrup Air Base, Denmark, 1974
This injection-moulded kit contains 34 parts (moulded in grey plastic) and one clear part (the cockpit canopy). A comprehensive instruction leaflet and a decal sheet are included.