Hawk 127 LIF
by Ryan Hamilton
BAE Systems Hawk 127 LIF
76 Squadron RAAF
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The Premier Hawk was first issued some years ago,
and is now hard to find. I was lucky, as I discovered that the Hawk was
on the RAAF’s short list as a replacement for the Macchi at about the
same time Squadron were selling them for about USD$3.00. Needless to say
I picked up a few.
The Premier Hawk
in 1/48 Scale
The kit is very poor, but it is the only BAE Hawk
The airframe has thick engraved detail, and the
cockpit and undercarriage are basic. Construction is complicated by
Premier trying to do to much with the one set of moulds. They apparently
had the Goshawk and Hawk 200 in mind for future releases. Before
starting I obtained some after-market parts and pieces to help improve
the kit. They included:
Airwaves photo-etched set
– excellent set for any 1/48 Hawk, which includes cockpit consoles,
wheel hubs, wing fences, grills, etc;
Hawkeye Models Australia
I was originally going to do a full construction feature on this model,
but with the pending release of other 1/48 Hawk 127 models, I have
decided to keep it very brief.
The conversion included:
New cockpit – the front
cockpit console came from an F-18A, and the rear was the same with the
liquid crystal screens arranged into the correct positions. Airwaves
side consoles were used, with the addition of throttles. New Aeroclub
seats, with the Airwaves seatbelts. Scratch-built cockpit dashes, both
front and rear. Other items added such as rudder pedals, wiring, etc.
Two fuselage plugs –
front and rear to lengthen the fuselage to the correct length. As the
fuselage comes in three sections, the plugs were inserted between each
New wing tips – missile
rails came from an F-18 again.
New tail tip;
New air intakes as the
kits are awful. I had trouble with the interior so decide to put covers
over them, but at least the shape is correct.
New aerials and other
bits and pieces including many of the Airwaves photo-etched parts.
Australian Hawks are finished in a standard two
tones of grey with coloured squadron markings. Not too much colour, but
let us hope they become as colourful as some of the Macchis they
Hawkeye Models Australia offers two sets of decals for a 76 or 79 Sqn.
Hawk. Both sets contain several sheets of decals and a double-sided
instruction page. The decals when on smoothly, without any silvering or
At least I now have a Hawk 127 in my collection but
as usual, when I finish a conversion or a scratch-built kit, someone
goes ahead and announces that they are producing the kit. This is a
difficult conversion to do, and although I was planning to do a second
Canadian Hawk in 1/48, this has now been shelved for the time being.
On another note, congratulation to Pieter Stroethoff on his efforts at
the recent Model Expo 2002 in Melbourne Australia. His models are even
better then his excellent photograph work.
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Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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