1/32 conversion to build a T-45 Goshawk US NAVY jet trainer by Meindert de Vreeze
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It was now time to apply all the needed DRAW DECALS (as noted on page 5...).
The decals are set using the usual
technique: each cut out decal is set in water. Wait until it is movable
on its backing paper. Slide onto the model at the correct position. Dep
and dry a bit with a cloth. Let dry.
The decals were now onto the model.
Now final finishing was done.
The unique T-45 wing is now to be
finished. The prepared forward leading edge slats were set onto the model.
These are typical for the T-45 Goshawk. The trailing edge flaps were
also set. (note that these were also slightly altered.). Note the red vane.
For the old style roundels, some extra
paint still to be applied. Note the many vortex generators.
The undercarriages, that were already
adapted and mostly painted white, were fitted. The twin nose wheels were
set. The forward nose bay doors were set open. On a T-45 they are also
often seen closed on the ground, so this is optionable.
The main inner gear doors were also
set open. (closed is also seen on real T-45's). The main gear sidestrut
was made from card and rod previously. The doors were also adapted in an
earlier stage. On some doors, a decal is also seen for the picked T-45
Some touching up with the appropriate
paint was also done.
For the tailhook, the black striping
was applied with a paint brush. It was fitted to the single central tail
Stabilizers were fitted, that was
easy. The T-45 tail vane, that was made from thin card, was set near the
stabilizer on each side.
The vanes in front of tailplane were a T-45 solution to avoid tailplane
stall while landing on carriers needing higher lift (The normal
Hawk does not need them as its landing speeds are higher).
Overall, the result looks fine. Here
a lower view shows the details.
|STEPs 56-57-58 Canopy
The T-45 windshield and canopy look to have a similar shapes as compared to the Hawk. I checked with the 1/48 Kinetic T-45 and looking at photographes, it was decided the kit parts were to be used. The windshield was set in place and the forward instrument cover/coaming was kept "loose". Otherwise they interfere, preventing a good fit.
The outher canopy framing was masked
and sprayed with the airbrush. Inside details were added. The detonator
chord was inscribed with a sharp scriber, using a copied paper pattern
as guide. This pattern was taped inside the canopy. (this trick was also
used on the Hawks)....
When possible, for larger scale models,
I try to keep the canopy detachable. This enables cleaning up and a safer
transportation to model shows. For that purpose, 2 metal rods were set
at 90 degrees on the canopy frame. These will correspond to tubes with
holes in the cockpit side wall.
NACES seats that were already prepared
were installed as well as some minor additional cockpit details. Some "remove
before flight" paper tags from PP AEROPARTS were also added and
spare etched metal seat buckles from REHEAT installed.
Finally, the navigation lights, anti-collision lights were set using additional sets once purchased. Often, these sets with red, white and other coloured bulbs are seen at railroad and car model shops. On the T-45 wing tips, the aleady cut out notches were painted red and blue and filled with Micro Kristal Kleer.
The small antennas and probes, like
on the spine, below and on front of nose, cockpit sides were added made
from card and metal rod. A pitot tube with a metal needle as tip was set.
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