T-45 Goshawk
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1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer by Meindert de Vreeze
kit review / modelling report

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It was now time to apply all the needed DRAW DECALS (as noted on page 5...).

Each DRAW DECAL was cut out as they are all on "one" carrier film. The silk decals are a bit opaque, but as the main underlying surfaces are light, this is no problem. Only on the blue tail, double decals were set on. These are provided on the sheet. The decals otherwise look fine and accurate.

The decals are set using the usual technique: each cut out decal is set in water. Wait until it is movable on its backing paper. Slide onto the model at the correct position. Dep and dry a bit with a cloth. Let dry. 

A big challenge was to apply the tow upper old fashioned US roundels over the wing vortex generators. With a very sharp scalp cuts were made in the decals. Plenty of DACO decal softening fluid was used, this took considerable time to settle. The small damages were re-touched with the appropriate paint.

The decals were now onto the model. Now final finishing was done. 
With a small paint brush and a tooth pick, tiny small black details were applied on the model like missing stencilling, markings and so on.

The unique T-45 wing is now to be finished. The prepared forward leading edge slats were set onto the model. These are typical for the T-45 Goshawk.  The trailing edge flaps were also set. (note that these were also slightly altered.). Note the red vane. 

For the old style roundels, some extra paint still to be applied. Note the many vortex generators. 

The undercarriages, that were already adapted and mostly painted white, were fitted. The twin nose wheels were set. The forward nose bay doors were set open. On a T-45 they are also often seen closed on the ground, so this is optionable.

Some more weathering/adding some wash will be done later, but the aircraft are kept in good condition. 

The main inner gear doors were also set open. (closed is also seen on real T-45's). The main gear sidestrut was made from card and rod previously. The doors were also adapted in an earlier stage. On some doors, a decal is also seen for the picked T-45 scheme.

On the gear legs, details were painted. The forward swivelling fairing was made from parts of a droptank found in the spares box.

Some touching up with the appropriate paint was also done.

For the tailhook, the black striping was applied with a paint brush. It was fitted to the single central tail strake. 

Stabilizers were fitted, that was easy. The T-45 tail vane, that was made from thin card, was set near the stabilizer on each side. The vanes in front of tailplane were a T-45 solution to avoid tailplane stall while landing on carriers needing  higher lift (The normal Hawk does not need them as its landing speeds are higher)
Also now well seen are the raised rivets.

Overall, the result looks fine. Here a lower view shows the details.


STEPs 56-57-58   Canopy and windshield
The T-45 windshield and canopy look to have a similar shapes as compared to the Hawk. I checked with the 1/48 Kinetic T-45 and looking at photographes, it was decided the kit parts were to be used. The windshield was set in place and the forward instrument cover/coaming was kept "loose". Otherwise they interfere, preventing a good fit.

The outher canopy framing was masked and sprayed with the airbrush. Inside details were added. The detonator chord was inscribed with a sharp scriber, using a copied paper pattern as guide. This pattern was taped inside the canopy. (this trick was also used on the Hawks).... 

When possible, for larger scale models, I try to keep the canopy detachable. This enables cleaning up and a safer transportation to model shows. For that purpose, 2 metal rods were set at 90 degrees on the canopy frame. These will correspond to tubes with holes in the cockpit side wall.

The inscribed detonator chord can be seen here as well the added mirrors from the spares box. Note the heat pipe, seen here in white rod and still to be painted. 

NACES seats that were already prepared were installed as well as some minor additional cockpit details. Some "remove before flight" paper tags from PP AEROPARTS were also added and spare etched metal seat buckles from REHEAT installed. 

Here with the canopy set in place...

Overall, the cockpit looks quite busy and as seen on a real T-45.

Finally, the navigation lights, anti-collision lights were set using additional sets once purchased. Often, these sets with red, white and other coloured bulbs are seen at railroad and car model shops. On the T-45 wing tips, the aleady cut out notches were painted red and blue and filled with Micro Kristal Kleer. 

The small antennas and probes, like on the spine, below and on front of nose, cockpit sides were added made from card and metal rod. A pitot tube with a metal needle as tip was set. 

Finally, an overall semi-gloss protecting varnish was airbrushed onto the model (not onto the clear transparant parts off course). VALLEJO #62.064 acrylic gloss varnish was used. That completed the model.

Note the small probe on the nose

Here also the antennas aft of the nose gear can be seen. 

Upper view showing the typical T-45 straight slatted wing leading edge. The larger stabilizers are also obvious as compared to a standard normal BAE Hawk.

McDonnell-Douglas T-45C Goshawk assigned to Training Wing 1 (NAS Meridian) , USA

A nice and unique 1/32 T-45 Goshawk is now in the model collection, sitting next to the BAE Hawks. Now, OK... where are the 1/32 KINETIC Hawk 100 series kits in my stash..... 

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Sept 10, 2013