1/72 scale kits of the Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk jet trainer
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Italeri released a 1/72 kit #186 in 1995.
(My modelling friend Eric gave me some additional information, Thanks Eric).
I had the same moulded kit as released by Revell(#04622) in 2001 but the box came with new decals.
There appears to be some tiny shape issues:
- the spine looks
to squared aft of the canopy and canopy shape is also a bit too squared.
After 1986, Hawks got a thicker screen for better bird strike protection; this can be seen as the wind screen edge shows a step with the nose and this is as in this kit so that is correct for later aircraft!
The short fillet is seen below the rudder as for the earlier Hawks.
Stores include central gunpack, underwing fuel tanks and Sidewinders.
[NOTE: later in 2015 Revell released a complete new kit #04921 that was based on their larger 1/32 Hawk kit]
The kit has in general a good fit. It was decided to droop on this kit the trailing edge flaps as "parked Hawks" are seen with drooped flaps.
The sections were separated with a razorsaw. Make a vane from card, note that its span is about 80% less than the flap wide!
Here an old photo I took at the Air Tattoo at Fairford, probably in the early nineties. I took the open bus Tour to the other side at the show and was able to make good photos.
R1: Seen here finished with the kit decals of the Red Arrows year 2000 scheme. They are a bit too much translucent. But I had two decal sheets so set these doubled to get a better white covering.
R2: yep, another Revell kit made with drooped flaps. Decals are from Modeldecal and a scheme of dark sea grey upper colour and medium sea grey lower surfaces. Hawk of RAF 63 squadron.
I1: An older Italeri kit #186 was made many years ago, seen here using Xtradecal.
The kit moulds are similar to the
Revell Hawk. Here the "a bit too squared" spine is clearly seen.
The fillet below the rudder is the early style one. (It was decided not to droop the main flaps).
R3: Another Revell kit was made with the kit decals for a Swiss AF Hawk T66 of the Fliegerschule at Emmen (CH). A number of "no steps" decals were missing, these were added from other spare decals... enough Hawk decals lying around here! This model made has drooped main flaps.
[ area: 41,285 km2 | population: 8,6 million | capital: Bern | GDP USD 87,000 per capita nominal ]
Some 20 Hawk T.66 were operated between 1999 and 2002 and later some 18 sold to Finland.
For more information about the Swiss air force, look at the F-5E page here...
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