1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer made by Meindert de Vreeze
review / modelling report
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The T-45 Goshawk is a highly modified
version of the BAE Hawk jet trainer. It was developed by McDonnell Douglas
(now Boeing) and British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) as an advanced jet
trainer for the US Navy. It is a rare example of a military European aircraft
being used by the Americans.
The original T-45A had cockpit with "clocks", later an updated "Cockpit 21" program started towards T-45C standard with electronic Multi Function displays. Also a CAI gunsight is fitted.
Over 200 T-45s trainers are used by
the US NAVY (it replaced the T-2 Buckeye).
The aircraft is not armed as a trainer, but has a single pylon installed
under each wing for carrying bomb racks, rocket pods or auxiliary fuel
tanks. A single baggage pod can also be carried.
No 1/32 T-45 injection moulded plastic kit exists. However, looking at the Kinetic 1/48 T-45 Goshawk kit and the existing 1/32 Revell Hawk kit, it was thought feasible to do modifications (as outlined above) to do a conversion towards a T-45 Goshawk.
The real aircraft dimensions were
used to scale up the kit drawing to "working drawings" in 1/32 scale.
This basic drawing looks good also for reference as combined with various photos of the real T-45 seen on the Internet and in books and magazines (see References below).
Note that no evidence was found that the canopy is different or that the air intakes or main fuselage profile were different. This was also not seen in the various references and sources. The nose profile is often mentioned to be a bit "deeper" but no big profile differences were seen looking at pictures. The kit nose will be made a bit deeper though by making it a bit thicker at the nose and blending it to the cockpit area of the fuselage. This deeper nose also enables storage of the much larger twin nose gear (mod D-).
A couple of working drawings were made and printed for use during the conversion/built. (these will be shown during assembly steps ...).
|As the real T-45 is a heavily modified
Hawk, the Revell T.1 Hawk kit is the best starting point for the conversion.
(The later 1/32 Kinetic Hawk 100 kit is a significantly different
as the Hawk 100 was a newer generation aircraft. It has for example a complete
new wing and longer nose).
So the starting point is the Revell 1/32 Hawk T.1 using T.1 kit #04849 with friendly grey coloured plastic. You also get an extra sprue with pylons. ( Note that using the red coloured plastic Revell RED ARROWS Hawk #04284 is also possible).
Basic kit improvements on the 1/32
Revell Hawk kit will also be incorporated where applicable for the
T-45 conversion. This as modelling the Revell 1/32 Hawk kit as a RAF Hawk
T.1 is/will also be done and (later) the 1/32 Kinetic Hawk 100 series
On to next T-45 Goshawk [ page T2.... ]
for the T-45 Goshawk:
- Flight international nos. 4260, 4264, 4296 ;
- Air international vol 52, pag 20
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May 23 , 2013