Sea Hawk model in 1/72 scale :
MPM and Hobbyboss kits
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The Sea Hawk was in 2001 a nice newcomer from MPM in 1/72, the other kit being the very old Airfix kit in this scale seen below.... (mid 2011, Hobbyboss released an even better 1/72 Sea Hawk model as well, see page 3)
The kit presented here is the MPM kit no. 72094. The kit is very fine, with some 35 parts and a good canopy.
The decals look good and are for schemes for two FAA no. 806 on HMS Centaur and no. 810 NAS HMS Albion and and India Navy no. 300 squadron at INS Vikrant aircraft.
The kit accuracy is good and you will get a fine model in the end. (note: the later Special Hobby kit is the same mould).
SIDE NOTE: an old Airfix kit from 1957 was also in my collection: very basic but not so bad for its days, made way back in the seventies. Dutch IPMS decals issued at that time were used, the aircraft being finished in the Dutch Naval air service (MLD) scheme
As modelled decades ago...
Continued with the new MPM kit.....
- the intakes are too simple and you
can see through... The Seahawk has an older style engine intake with guide
vanes. Add these from card;
- cut in the gun fairings slots and
make 4 holes for the guns in the lower forward fuselage
- add weight in the nose!
- the cockpit will benefit from some more detailing; the seat headrest is too small and the seat should be slightly more forward in the cockpit tub; correct this.
- add the sliding slots with a scalpel
at the base of the canopy in the aft fuselage area.
Decals allows you to choose between an RNavy 810 NAS or 806 Squadron mk. 4 aircraft or an Indian Navy 300 squadron aircraft. The Indian roundels are unfortunately incorrect.
Commercial decal sets will come soon I guess.
Go to Sea Hawk Page  ...
- Warpaint 29: Sea Hawk, Hall park books, UK (released summer 2001)
- 4+ publications, Sea Hawk (released summer 2001)
- Website JetMan: Sea hawk
and web: the real Sea hawk on my site.
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Created September 30, 2001
Updated January, 2017