Sea hawk model in 1/72 scale : Hobbyboss FGA.6 kit review & building report
> Addition to previous Sea Hawk pages (Dutch MLD) and information here on pages 1, 2....
Hobbyboss issued a nice little 1/72 kit of the Sea Hawk beginning 2011. The kit #87251 is for a Sea Hawk FGA.6.
(The FGA.6 was also the basis for the Dutch Navy mk.50 Sea Hawk).
There are about 70 parts in medium grey plastic and some nice transparant parts. Panel engraving is fine. The cockpit is simple but small in this scale. Stores are for two drop tanks and 8 unguided rockets. The dimensions look fine and accurate.
Decals are for 3 Sea Hawk schemes:
This 1/72 scale Sea Hawk beats all other kit. It is far cheaper than the MPM/Special Hobby kit and the fit is very good. The only sanding and filling was at the rear fuselage joint. Otherwise, his is a straight forward built.
The cockpit got a little detail from bits and pieces. It is black anyway and small. Decals are provided for the panels but I elected to suggest the details with the paint brush.
The Martin Baker Mk.2 seat in the kit is TOO HIGH. Simply, sand of some from the bottom end. The seat got some straps and belts made from tape. The base colour was a lblack frame, light grey details, blue and brown straps.
Add loads of weight in the nose to avoid tailsitting before joining the upper and lower forward fuselages.
Drill open the holes for the stores
you wnat to fit (tanks, rockets or none for a clean aircraft).
After assembly, the overall model
got a coat of light grey. Correct any seams and flaws:
The undercarriage is fine, the inner doors are alost always seen closed on parked aircraft. The bays themselves are a bit bare, on a real Sea Hawk they are cramped with tubing, hydraulics and mechanisms. Bay colours varied on Seahawks from sky, aluminium and interior green.
The arrestor hook was refined through sanding.
Where the stripes would go, these
areas were masked and kept grey. Measure carefully the width of the stripes.
I used these colours for the
The smaller parts were not yet fitted but airbrushed as well.
Gunze Sangyo H329 yellow is a good match for tiny paint brush tipping of gaps left of the yellow decal stripe edges and normal black for the black edges..
The Royal Navy roundels are too thin,
so the "white" shines through. I simply used the Indian Navy roundels beneath
them! The RN roundels were set on top.
Overall, a nice little model. Finally the tanks were fitted and the small antennas were replaced and made thinner.
The overall model got a gloss coat of Johnson Future/Pledge and looks nice. Weathering was kept to a mininum as these sea operated carrier aircraft were kept in good (read "salt free") condition.
A nice addition to the FAA/ Royal Navy model collection.
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