RDAF planes

On this page I wil show my models of planes used by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF).

Meteor 43-466 of the RDAF

My old commanding officer in Greenland used to be a fighterpilot, he flew in Meteor F Mk IV when he had a mid air collision, the tail was torn from his plane and he escaped by parachute as one of the few that flew the early Meteors without ejection seats. His collegue unfortunately was less lucky and died in the crash. Different sources all states the planes were serials 466 and 468, but disagree on who was flying 466 As I am no longer in contact with Major H. C. Halken, I decided to make 466 and consider it his.

The kit is from Hong Kong Models and is a pretty decent kit, but a few strange things, the instrument panel just has cirkels to indicate the instruments, no dials in raised, nor any decals to show the gauges.
The engine cover can be left of on both engines,but the nacelles are pretty bare, seems like design and marketing had different ideas on when to sell the kit.

My depiction is the plane going through some kind of service/inspection and all movable surfaces are posed in different angles. Decals came from the kit, and two different aftermarket sheets, the Sheet from Stoppel is nice, but does not have much in way of stencils. The Kits world sheet had stencils, but the national markings were to small and to pale.

Hawker Hunter F Mk 51 47-430

The RDAF bought 30 Hawker Hunter F Mk 51 an export version of the F Mk 4. I used the Revell FGA 9/F Mk 58 kit from 1998 to build this RDAF version. It entailed removing the Dog Tooth on the wings, the brake parachute housing and the cutout in the flaps. The last two things I was helped by asking Revell to buy the parts from their F Mk 6 kit issued before I got to build mine, with usual good service the parts were given to me for free.

The kit is painted as 47-430 the last plane as they were from the start, type number in small over a larger serial. Undersides were natural aluminium and uppersides glossy Green/Grey with sharp demarcations.

Later the planes had type letter E and serial removed to the forward fuselage, the the planes were painted in all over matt Green with serials in black. The forward fuselage shows E-425, the plane that landed back at base without a pilot! On returning to base the pilot could not keep altitude and the glidepath was to steep to reach the base, so he ejected, this chane in weight and trim changed the glidepath, so the plane actually landen back on base.

Hawker Hunter T Mk 7

I also used the Revell FGA 9 kit to make a T Mk 7, the RDAF used two T Mk 53 and two secondhand T Mk 7. The Panther Model Club resin conversion was used and the T Mk 7 was only flewn in the late matt Green scheme. Conversion was pretty straight forward, except the VAC formed canopy, I think it is to steep at the front, but it may be my own fault, as I wantet to pose it open.

Shortly after WW II the Danish Army and Naval Air Services were getting new planes to fullfill their needs, this is one of three Spitfir PR XI that were used. The two Air Services were combined to make the RDAF in 1950 and they used these recce planes too.

This is my model of the PR XI that operated next to the HF Mk IXe’s. The basic kit is the Pacific Coast ModelsF Mk IXc and I am using the Alley Cat conversion (intended for the Tamyia kit). There was quite a bit of filling and sanding done to match the resin parts to the kit parts, the PCM is a short run kit that takes some care when building it. In the end it cane out pretty neatly I think.