Hawker Siddeley / BAe Hawk
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1/32 scale Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk jet trainers: REVELL 
kit review / modelling report

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The Hawk model(s) were ready in their basic shapes. 

They were given each grey coat of primer. Particularly the red plastic is now really covered. Correct any gaps and flaws with putty and sand when dried.

Next it was decided to apply the Hawk colours at this stage, before fitting any other detail parts like the undercarriage and canopy.  The Harder Steinbeck Infinity airbrush is used for all airbrushing work.....

The other parts like the tailplanes, undercarriage doors, canopy frames that would require also the colours were also prepared and set aside. These would be airbrushed as well in "one go" with the main model assembly.

These parts were masked as required, using low tack tape and tissue paper.....


Many commercial decal sheets can be purchased for the 1/32 Hawk. Xtradecal of Hannants UK has a lot of choices. A couple of decal sheets were bought.

The first model would be finished in a RED-WHITE RAF scheme, typical for HAWK training aircraft seen in the UK. The model is for a Hawk T.1 of RAF Central flying School at RAF Valley, 1990. Decals are on Xtradecal set X32-027.
(this is a very nice sheet with no less than 7 schemes)

Colours used were:
Revell Aqua RED #330 and Revell Aqua WHITE #03 for the mat base coats. These were applied with the airbrush, paint requiring thinning with the special Revell Aqua Thinner. (Water is less reccommended here for thinning). 

Next followed the gloss coats, using GUNZE SANGYO #H5  RED and Revell Aqua gloss WHITE #04 . Take care to use the special thinners for each brand, so for GUNZE the special Mr.HOBBY  acrylic thinner. 

For the mid wing section, GUNZE SANGYO #H332 acrylic was used (BSC 627 grey)
(please note that if desired enamel paints are also widely available, e.g. from Xtracolour).

Start with white, followed by the grey and finally the red.

The masking and airbrushing took considerable time, but the result is fine. Note that the cockpit is not yet fully detailed, this will be done later to avoid damage to the interior. 

The mat black anti glare shield was also not forgotten... The pitot tube was set on, to be black as well. 

After drying, masks were removed. Any overspray was removed and the gear bays and air brake bay (again) got a white coat. 

Next, the (glossy) model was ready to receive the decals. Just use the plain method, soak a couple of decals in water a couple of minutes. and slide onto the model. 

The decals went on fine. To have the decals follow the curve at the rear fuselage, DACO Decal Softening fluid was used, particularly at the rear fuselage. 

The model was ready to get all the detail parts and to be finished.

The second model would get a bright black finish with a large Union Jack flag on the tailfin and fuselage, using XTRADECALS sheet X32-034, of RAF Hawk T.1A of 208 squadron at RAF Valley, 2009. It is a display aircraft, commerating "90 years of RAF Benevolent fund". 

In order to have the Union Jack decals looking good, it was decided to keep their underlying surfaces light. A paper copy was made of the decals sheets and the paper decal patterns cut out of the larger decals. This would help masking the model. Note that it is only a rough guide, no need to be very precise here....
Holes were made in the paper sheet and there tape applied to have it stick. The cockpit area was covered with tape as well. 

Now, the model was ready to receive the first couple of coats of mat black. This was airbrushed, using Revell Aqua BLACK 08, followed by coat of gloss BLACK Aqua 07. 
(please note that if desired black enamel paints are also widely available).  


The other parts, like the black canopy frame and the taiplanes were not forgotten. 

After drying, masks were removed. Any overspray was removed and the bays (again) got a white coat with the paint brush. 

The model was ready to receive the decals..

The XTRADECALS decals went on fine. Rudder and ailerons were decalled separately, us the paper mask to have a exact trim.
To have the decals follow the curve at the rear fuselage, DACO Decal Softening fluid was used. Particularly it will help to get the serial number look good over the added raised rivets at the rear fuselage.

To have a good coverage for the decals on the wing vortices, with a sharp razorscalp cuts were made in the decals.
I started with the big decals. 

I was quite happy with the result. Even the big lower "love roundel" has quite a good fit. It was not necessary to use decals # 21,22.

Next, the smaller decals and stencilling was applied again from the XTRADECAL sheet, but with the exception of the red-white warning triangles decals #32. These were replaced with the REVELL DECALS. 

The XTRADECALS do not fit 100% , but it is not bad. 
I carefully kept any decal left overs although there are only a few of them. These were used to close any tiny remaining gaps, such as on the spine and other places. This will prevent any slight colour differences, that will otherwise been seen. 

When the decals were dry, any other tiny gaps were painted, e.g. some white and red with a very fine brush. Do not overpaint and over do it. The rear fuselage openings and tiny air intake scoops were cut and popped open as well.

So, also this model is ready as well to receive the detail parts to be finished.

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