Hawker Sea Hawk
by Colin Whitehouse
Hawker Sea Hawk
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Here is the Falcon 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Hawk that I finished last
The kit was pretty tough as the fit of parts was not the best, but it
does provide the basics to make a neat model and is an essential
addition to any 1/48th scale Fleet Air Arm collection.
The hardest part of construction was getting the fuselage front and
rear to blend and still retain the characteristic shape of this most
attractive of the early jets. Lots of Milliput was required along the
top and sides of the fuselage.
Another challenge was the intake/wheel well assemblies which are well
made but are too deep, resulting in a 1/4" gap between top and bottom
inner wings. I glued the vacform intakes in, then cut away most of the
plastic, and took the tops off the wheel wells to make it all fit. None
of this was easy but the end result was worth it.
The kit seat was used as well as cockpit tub, although the latter
needed more detail.
Jet pipes were added from brass tube after all other construction was
Painting commenced by pre-shading panel lines with Extra Dark Sea
Grey, followed by a coat of Dark Sea Grey over Sky used for the
camouflage colours. I find using Extra Dark Sea Grey for the upper
surface makes a kit too dark. All paints were from the Xtra colour
There are no kit decals so I sourced some from Xtradecal and
Modeldecal. The unusual large upper roundels are from the 1/48 scale
Academy Hunter kit as these are the only ones of this size I could find.
Stripes were hand painted.
This was a hard kit to build, but the only choice available in this
scale. I achieved a real sense of satisfaction having completed it.
"Is there a place for vacformed kits" you ask?
No early jet collection is complete without a Seahawk but it is not
likely to come from mainstream manufacturers in the current climate. So
if the only way we get these kits is as vacforms, then the answer is
most definitely yes!
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