1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer
review / Building report
The main "razor saw" work was done for the T-45 Conversion. Now some kit assembly is done.
OPEN UP Scoops
NOTE: for the T-45, do not fit yet
the cockpit sideconsoles #3,4,5,6 yet!
(here the Hawk kit is seen)
Note that the T-45 cockpit itself
is not yet detailed!
Skip STEPs 2,3,4,5
STEPs 9, 10, 11
STEP 12 combined with STEP 15
The intake tunnels are now
best aligned with the air intake parts #40,41,42,43 as indicated in STEP
15. Do this now, it will reduce any remaining gaps and reduce the sanding
work. I found the fit is much better if the guiding locating pins are removed,
e.g. flatten intake parts #41,43.
Adapt the speed brake #65 is used
to close the gap (see STEPs 43, 44). Remove the bulge on the brake. Later
on a single ventral fin is added as seen on the T-45.
Now filling with putty is done on
various areas. The separate fuselage and wing will make handling easier.
Rear fuselage correction
(1) The curvature below the stabilizer
at the engine jet pipe area on the Revell kit looks too pronounced. Some
card a putty was used here to reduce the curved effect.
(2) Also on the Revell kit, the rear
upper deck of the rear fuselage looks too much curved towards the exhaust
pipe. Add some 1 mm thick card to correct this, fill and sand in shape
to get a more flattened look. The fairing on top differs per Hawk, REVELL
provides both variations with kit parts #44,45,46,47. For the T-45, use
the longer fairing parts #46,47.
(note: these corrections are applicable
not only for the Hawk, but also the T-45).
I- higher vertical tail
The tip was cut off with the TIGER
razor saw. With card, an extension of 5 mm in 1/32 was added. I found the
best way is to use tow strips that can be bended somewhat. Fill and sand
when dry. The kit rudder is OK. The large base fin fillet was used (parts
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