1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer
review / Building report
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I also checked out if there were any 1/32 markings for a T-45 Goshawk. To my surprise, DRAW DECALS has made a couple of silk printed decals for Centennial anniversary Goshawks. One of these sets will be purchased.
First, a ageneral change is needed
on all the Revell Hawk kits in 1/32 scale:
The flap edges are well indicated
on the kit wing parts. (here seen on another Hawk also being build, with
the red plastic).
The nose wheel bay is significantly
different on the T-45.
A new nose wheel bay interior is required,
this will be made from plastic cart. The recess/bay for the stress (retract-)
bar required cutting out a central piece of the kit cockpit tub (part #1)
On the forward nose, an insert plastic strip is set of 2 mm wide. This will give the T-45 a bit deeper nose as on the real aircraft to accommodate the large twin wheel nose gear.
Later on, when other main (internal)
fuselage assembly is complete, the fuselage halves will be closed.
B- slatted wing with straight leading edge and with adapted wing tips
The T-45 wing does not have a larger span as compared to the Hawk, but the wing tips are different and there is a straight wing leading edge. On this leading edge, on the T-45 a slat was fitted. This slat enables low approach speeds (as needed for carrier landing training).
The kit part tips were sawed off,
this was done only at the UPPER wing half panels ( parts #66 , #70 ).
The rest of wing assembly is for later. (this will also need adding extra vortex generators on the upper wing surface).
The T-45 has a beefed up main wheel gear, and the fairing at the wheelbay is a bit bulged. A cut was made and the inner central area bended.
Now, look at kit assembly STEPs
17 + 18.
H- large span and squared tipped tailplanes
The T-45 tailplanes have a 10 cmm large span and the ends are not curved as on the Hawk. This was done to improve T-45 stalling characteristics. Also, the T-45 has the small flow vanes as seen on later Hawk 100 series aircraft, again to improve stalling behaviour.
|This completed the main "razor saw"
work on the T-45 Conversion. Some kit assembly can be done next.....
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