1/32 scale Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk jet trainers: REVELL / KINETIC made by Meindert de Vreeze
review / modelling report
The Hawk was developed by Hawker Siddeley in the UK as an advanced jet trainer for the Royal Air Force. It was to replace the Folland Gnat and a small not too expensive single Adour engined trainer was envisaged. The Hawk was purchased first by the Royal Air Force but also for the British Royal Navy. Also Hawks were sold abroad for export and some license modelling took place.
The Hawk series Mk.100's was a heavily modernized series and many were sold to foreign air forces. It got an overall new wing and a longer nose.
The US NAVY wanted a trainer aircraft and a version of the Hawk, the T-45 Goshawk was developed. It is a largely modified aircraft. Look here at my website for more information....
For more background information on the real Hawk aircraft, look at the 1/72 Hawk pages here....
Many kits have appeared of the Hawk, particularly in 1/72 scale. But also, in 2012 REVELL GERMANY came with a 1/32 Hawk T-1 kit. End 2012 also KINETIC issued a kit of the later generation Hawk 100 series. So we finally got 2 kits! of the Hawk in larger scale.
|BAe Hawk T.1
REVELL 1/32 kit #04284 "Red Arrows" and T.1 kit #04849 "RAF" (more on that below...)
First the "kit in red plastic and
decals/scheme for the famous RAF RED ARROWS demonstration team was issued
by Revell end 2011.
This kit has RED plastic to facilitatte
the younger modeller for modelling the RED arrows Hawk. But for th modeller,
this is punishment of the eye.
Nice are the full air intake tunnels,
but not a lot is seen inside!
I think that some improvements can be done regarding shape. The T.1A had I believe a more flattened rear upper fuselage above the tail pipe whereas the Revell kit shape in that area represents an early production Hawk; more on that later on.
This kit has a single colour scheme
and a fine decal sheet with all aircraft numbers:
As often with Revell, this kit is REAL VALUE FOR MONEY! It cries for adding some extra details and some minor corrections are only necessary. But otherwise this is a fine 1/32 kit and loads of aftermarket decal sheets have appeared for modelling a Hawk in dozens and dozens of schemes.
In the spring of 2013, Revell came with the "RAF" #04849 kit in grey plastic with several colour schemes. It is similar to the RED ARROWS kit but it has an extra sprue with stores and pylons.
Also, the decals sheet is differenty
with various schemes:
The decals are for:
TO REVELL HAWK modelling [ PAGE 2.... ]
Kinetic of China came with a 1/32 kit of the Hawk series 100 summer 2012, kit no #K3206.
This is a fine kit and features the changes to the later generation Hawk 100 series like:
- new wing with wing tip missile rails and wing fences
- different cockpit with 2 styles of instrument panels:
- small flow vanes in front of tailplane
- separate parts for the trailing edge slotted flap
- various stores like Sidewinder missiles and tanks
- longer later style nose pitot tube
- later style upper rear fuselage which has a more "straight" shape and longer style fillet below the rudder.
The light grey plastic is crisp and
Kinetic Decals look great with schemes
for no less than 5 schemes!
HAWK modelling [ PAGE 2.... ]
References for the Hawk:
- Scale aircraft modelling, June 2004, with nice drawings
- ModelAid, old drawing
- Air international volume 75, pages 38 - 50 ; volume 15, pages 133-135; volume 56, pages 140; vol 69-no3-p35; vol 36, pages 59-70.
- Flight international nos. 4104, 4453
About T-45 Goshawk: Flight international nos. 4260, 4264, 4296 ; Air international vol 52, pag 20
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May 23 , 2013