1/72 scale Hasegawa Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
review / modelling report
The Grumman E-2 was an aircraft designed and build for the Airborne Early Warning mission, protecting the fleet by signalling any upcoming threats. Evolving in the early sixties, the Hawkeye proved its worth. Obviously systems and radar were upgraded during its operational service life. The first E-2C was an upgrade evolving in 1973 and the latest one is the Hawkeye 2000 with its new systems and better props as well.
The E-2 was not only used by the US Navy but also exported e.g. to Israel, Mexico, France, Egypt, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
The Hasegawa kit in 1/72 scale appeared beginning 2009.
Hasegawa E-2C Hawkeye
The parts are good with no sink marks
and few ejector pin marks. Construction is fairly normal as might be expected.
It looks like a Hawkeye and the kit seems accurate in dimensions. Some
antenna's are optional, depending on the particular aircraft made.
(Also a US Navy Hawkeye 2000 variant of this kit was issued, just one month later with the new swept 4 bladed propellers).
A very nice scheme in the kit is a E-2C on the 20th anniversary of the JASDF AEW group, seen here....
The cockpit is simple with simple seats and also decals, but for this model not a whole lot will be seen. The cockpit glass is provided in a single glass part that enables seamless integration with some very fine filling and sanding onto the fuselage.
The engine nacelles fit OK, but need
some minor filler as well. The sanding is a bit difficult because of the
shape and curves.
The topsurface of the main wing is one straight part which makes having a symmetrical result easy. The main wing assembly and tail assembly fit so good on the top of the fuselage, that I decided to airbrush the fuselage, wing and tail as separate assemblies.
Make sure to include enough ballast,
at least 40 grams. I added a lot, but is was still not enough as the radar
dome that was fitted last again resulted in a tail sitter. I will use the
arrestor hook for balancing the model.
The fuselage went together OK, but
the belly fairing needed filler and considerable sanding.
Next was applying the paint scheme
of gull grey and white. First a coat of light grey was sprayed on to check
for any flaws. Next the white was sprayed and after some limited masking
the Gull Grey Federal Std. FS16440 (using Gunze
Sangyo H315 acrylic)
Many radar domes on Hawkeyes also have black edges (but not always). My particular JASDF plane had this, so the edge was handpainted with a brush in black. The propellers were sprayed black with metail edges hand painted. The white tips were painted as well, although also prop warning stripe decals are being supplied. I opted to paint the prop tips white-red-white with a brush which is easier. As usual, propellers take time to finish.
All painted parts were now giving a gloss coat of Johnson Future/ Pledge acrylic varnish to have a smooth gloss surface before applying the decals using this method...
The JASDF Hasegawa kit decals are very thin and fine. I even opted to add these while the main assemblies were not yet merged. This made application much easier with good handling. Decals of the aniversary plane went on well, with the blue band. The various walkway lines are commendably thin, a lot of the work to apply with the "no steps" but the result is a spectacular finish.
After decal completion, the overall model was cleaned up a bit and given a protective gloss coat of Johnson Future/Pledge again. JASDF planes are really glossy and well maintained.
Final touches were adding a few static
dischargers from fishing line at flying surface outboard tips and thinner
oooops... forgot the small black nose panel... will paint later on
A nice result and a build that should
give no problem at all for the average modeller.
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dated back from 1980 with hand made wing folds