MPM model in 1/72 scale
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The MPM Sea Hawk model was sanded and given the first lower coat of Sky (Xtracolor X607 enamel).
The upper colour is dark sea grey;
I used a slightly lighter grey as to get some "scale effect": to prevent
the model looking too dark as it is so small.
|The Sea Hawk cockpit area was detailed
with some sprue, bits and pieces. The MPM kit has some excellent detail
photos on the box which is very usefully for the detailer. MPM is to
be commended for doing this, lets hope it is a trend, because why not use
the box with full colour printing options to show some details of a real
aircraft?. It doesn't cost any more money to do this....
The instrument panel and seat was further detailed, the seat headrest being made a little more bigger with some cart and adding the red ejector seat activation ring.
The various smaller antennas were also added, using some thin fuse wire which is stronger and not so sensitive to handling.
The nose leg was given a towing hook, the nose door was given two small rods to keep it into position and the cable hook below the fuselage was replaced by a thinner part. I also replaced the arrestor tail hook with a thinner finer part made from sprue.
The model was finally painted with
decals being used from the older Dutch Decal set 72015. As the set is old,
some colours were missing on the smaller markings. These were adding with
some paint applied with a tooth pick. The rear fuselage marking "KON.MARINE"
was slightly to large in length (2 mm), so some cutting was needed here
between the lettering that have that fit.
The Sea Hawk could be flown from the Dutch carrier Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman from 1958. The ex-British carrier HMS Venerable (of the Colossus Class) was transferred in 1948 to the Royal Netherlands Navy "Koninklijke Marine" and it was the "second" Hr.Ms Karel Doorman, coded R81. The Dutch Naval Flying Service (MLD) flew from the carrier with primarily Hawker Sea furies and Fairey Fireflies. In 1958 the ship was modernized and got a steam catapult and angled flight deck and now was capable to operate Sea Hawk jets and Grumman Avengers. (April 1968 there was a large fire on board and it was decided not to put it back into service but to sell the ship to Argentina where it became the "25 de Mayo". It there also operated A-4Q Skyhawks).
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