1/32 scale Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk jet trainers: REVELL
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After decalling, both models were given another type of end-finish. Hawks are very glossy and kept in pristine condition by the Royal Air Force.
As noted before, the plastic surface
of the Revell kit has a sort of grain, and needs polishing. A few coat
of the usual Johnson Future/Kleer/Pledge
will not give the glossy effect.
This gloss work was done at this stage
for better model handling. Also, the tailplanes, flaps, ailerons, wheel
doors and so on got this treatment.
BACK TO STEPs 4 and 5
The Hawk has always had the Martin Baker Mk.10 seats but later on, the headrests became more "squared".
before, the MB Mk.10 seats used for the kits were 2 resin ones from
#32158 set and 2 from the kit, these were further detailed using the
resin seats as example but alos looking to photo's. On the CMK seats, some
top rest straps are missing. Straps were made from cut lengths from aluminium
household sheet and all painted. The flat Revell seat back section got
a coat of masking fluid to get a suggestion for a "texture". This was painted.
Instrument panels and cockpit detailing
The final cockpit detailling was not yet done (STEPs 1-3). Looking at photo's, additional details were now added.
On t instrument panels a right panle was cut away seen below, this will enable installment later on. Revell provides decals for the instrument, clock work and so on. The later T.1a kit has a slightly different style than the Red Arrow kit decals with less instrument border panels, both are OK.
Most of the kit decals were used, other details were made from scrap. On the instruments glass work, a coat of Micro Kristal Kleer was added with a tooth pick to get a "glass look". Painting was done in various colours.
|The cockpits were now completed and details added besides the instrument panels.|
STEP 49 (or 56 on the other kit T.1A)
The windscreen was fitted, but I kept the forward cockpit instrument hood/cover "loose". This well enable a good central fit between the windscreen sides. The windscreen has some very tiny gpas left, these were filled with White Glue. When dry, paint in the appropriate black colour.
Now it was time to look at the canopies.
They got as seen above their outside frame colours, but the internal frame
details were to be added. Inside each canopy, frame details were made on
a plastic strip and rod added. These were painted Dark grey and are to
be glued inside.
The mid frame was also made from a
spare white decal. It was cut round and fitted. Please note that the internal
protection blast transparant screen Revell part #113 has it frames
painted black, let dry before fitting it inside the canopy.
Mirrors were added as well inside
the canopy, using etched metal REHEAT ones from the after market.
A couple of strengthening rods are
seen as well inside a real Hawk canopy, these are seen here made from plastic
The results for the cockpits are seen
here for both Hawks.
The undercarriage and legs were simply now added as per instructions. On the main gear legs some hydraulic wiring was added. Door rods and mechanisms as per kit were set in place, but the instructions are a bit unclear. Look at photo's.
Inside the main wheel bays from stretched
sprue some wiring was added as well. A "used look" was achieved by painting
some wiring with a wash coat of Tamiya Smoke X19.
|STEP 45 (or 44)
The rear speed brake below the fuselage tail was simply assembled and set in place "almost closed"
On one kit, it sprayed red
along with the other gear doors.
STEPs 45, 47 , 48 (on kit #04849)
STEP 46, 49
The horizontal stabilizers were installed (at the correct angle) as well as the ailerons, gear doors, and so on.
The holes in the fuselage were, where applicable, filled with transparant Micro Kristal Kleer (as parts #21,22,36 were not preferred).
STEPs 33, 44, 54, 55
Static probe #115 on the right cockpit
side was not installed, it is not always seen on Hawks.
The anti-collision lights #52 are nicely done by Revell. The white tri-angular lights are fitted on the spine and in front of the lower speed brake.
The wing tips lights are also in the
kit, nicely done. Blend them in using some white glue and paint the
edges. The wingtip lights themselved were given coat of transparant red
and blue using Tamiya Clear acryllic.
Hawks were designed to carry a lot of stores. In the beginning for the "attack role", stores were like 30mm centreline Aden guns, rocket pods and also bombs for ground attack training, on four pylons. No "wet pylons" were fitted, so no fueltanks could be carried by RAF Hawks.
In early 1983, many RAF Hawks were converted to be able to fire the AIM-9L Sidewinder AA missile. After this conversion, aircraft were designated Hawk T.1A. So a model with the Sidewinders would be nice as later used by the RAF.
From the spares box, 2 AIM-9L Sidewinders
were retrieved as well as some good looking launch rails (I believe from
a F-16 SUFA Academy kit). Each rail was reduced 4 mm in length (total length
about 85 mm).
On the black Hawk, a small fairing
was added on the right-mid side of the compartment above the exhaust. Sometimes
seen. It has a white tip.
The two Revell Hawks are ready,.. look at the results on.....
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