1/32 scale Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk jet trainers: REVELL
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The Hawk model(s) were ready in their
Next it was decided to apply the Hawk
colours at this stage, before fitting any other detail parts like the undercarriage
and canopy. The Harder
Steinbeck Infinity airbrush is used for all airbrushing work.....
The other parts like the tailplanes,
undercarriage doors, canopy frames that would require also the colours
were also prepared and set aside. These would be airbrushed as well in
"one go" with the main model assembly.
These parts were masked as required,
using low tack tape and tissue paper.....
Many commercial decal sheets can be purchased for the 1/32 Hawk. Xtradecal of Hannants UK has a lot of choices. A couple of decal sheets were bought.
The first model would be finished
in a RED-WHITE RAF scheme, typical for HAWK training aircraft seen in the
UK. The model is for a Hawk T.1 of RAF Central
flying School at RAF Valley, 1990. Decals are on Xtradecal
Colours used were:
Next followed the gloss coats, using
SANGYO #H5 RED and Revell Aqua gloss WHITE #04 . Take care to
use the special thinners for each brand, so for GUNZE the special Mr.HOBBY
Start with white, followed by the
grey and finally the red.
Next, the (glossy) model was ready
to receive the decals. Just use the plain method, soak a couple of decals
in water a couple of minutes. and slide onto the model.
The decals went on fine. To have the
decals follow the curve at the rear fuselage, DACO Decal Softening
fluid was used, particularly at the rear fuselage.
The model was ready to get all the detail parts and to be finished.
The second model would get a bright black finish with a large Union Jack flag on the tailfin and fuselage, using XTRADECALS sheet X32-034, of RAF Hawk T.1A of 208 squadron at RAF Valley, 2009. It is a display aircraft, commerating "90 years of RAF Benevolent fund".
In order to have the Union Jack decals
looking good, it was decided to keep their underlying surfaces light. A
paper copy was made of the decals sheets and the paper decal patterns cut
out of the larger decals. This would help masking the model. Note that
it is only a rough guide, no need to be very precise here....
Now, the model was ready to receive
the first couple of coats of mat black. This was airbrushed, using
Aqua BLACK 08, followed by coat of gloss BLACK Aqua 07.
The model was ready to receive the
The XTRADECALS decals went on fine.
Rudder and ailerons were decalled separately, us the paper mask to have
a exact trim.
To have a good coverage for the decals
on the wing vortices, with a sharp razorscalp cuts were made in the decals.
Next, the smaller decals and stencilling was applied again from the XTRADECAL sheet, but with the exception of the red-white warning triangles decals #32. These were replaced with the REVELL DECALS.
The XTRADECALS do not fit 100% , but
it is not bad.
When the decals were dry, any other
tiny gaps were painted, e.g. some white and red with a very fine brush.
Do not overpaint and over do it. The rear fuselage openings and tiny air
intake scoops were cut and popped open as well.
So, also this model is ready as well
to receive the detail parts to be finished.
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