1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer
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|M- two perforated airbrakes on
Seen above here is also a small plate on the rear fuselage area to accommate the specific T-45 side air brakes. These were made from card. Some sanding with a file still needed.
Raised rivets on the rear fuselage
end are also well visible on the T-45 (just like on the Hawk). With MICRO
MARK rivet decals, the rivets were added in several rows. The rivet
pattern is different as compared to the Hawk.
The main undercarriage legs are more
thicker and different in shape though. The kit parts were used but severely
adapted and new bit and pieces of rod, card and sprue were used here. White
glue was used to get smooth shapes. Photographes were carefully looked
at of the real T-45.
G- thicker main wheels with larger
STEP 33 with the antennas was skipped
as well as STEP 35 for the nose gear.
STEPs 44-45: not needed for the T-45, a different ventral fin was already made.
STEPs 46-53 Armament: were skipped for this T-45 model.
PREPARATIONS for further painting
The T-45 has a lot of vortex generators (19) on each top wing halve. So, 12 more than the Hawk. These tiny generators were added made from pieces of strip.
Inside the cockpit, large areas are black/very dark grey. The floor panel of the cockpit is light grey on a T-45. So masking was done inside the cockpit and the darker areas airbrushed.
The T-45 would be finished in a special Centennial US NAVY/ US MARINES CORPS scheme using DRAW DECALS, a silk decalset 32s-T45-1
In celebration of 100 years of Naval
Aviation, the U.S. Navy painted numerous aircraft in "retro " color
schemes that honor the past. Two of the first aircraft to receive these
special paint schemes are McDonnell-Douglas T-45Cs assigned to Training
Wing 1 (NAS Meridian) and Training Wing 2 (NAS Kingsville), USA. The aircraft
have been painted in 1930's "Yellow Wing " colors. This decal provides
the markings for the TW-1 aircraft.
So it was time to add the basic paint
coats to the Goshawk T-45. This was done with the Harder-Steinbeck
The acrylic colours used were from
I started with the blue.
Now the many many additional vortex generators on the wing were added. These were made of cart.
When dry, mask and get to the next
colour, being the yellow colour on the wing. Next, the fuselage and lower
wing colour was to follow. The T-45 Centennial has a sort of very light
finish. I used Revell acrylic white #04 with a few drops of Revell acrylic
silver #90 mixed in. This gives a very subtle silver shine to the white.
I kept some extra paint in a jar for later "retouching" work just in case.
Next the leading edge wing-slat recesses
are suggested as a red area, masking and spraying. The black anti-glare
panel was also airbrushed using Revell acrylic #07 black
Also, the T-45 canopy frame was masked
and airbrushed "silverish" white.
The T-45 cockpit details were now addressed.
Scratch instrument panels were already
made as noted on page 4
The NACES ejection seats were made
using the kit seats as starting point. I had a resin NACES seat for a 1/32
F-18 from AIRES (seen above).
The instrument panels got a mix of
kit decals for the clocks and displays as well as hand painted detail.
The glass instrument faces were covered with MicroScale Kristal Kleer.
Next step.. adding the DRAW decals
of the colour scheme.
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