Hawker Siddeley/BAe Hawk T.1

Revell 1/32

Due to the size of this model - my only 1/32 kit - I had difficulty using my normal photographic "studio" set so please excuse any background blemishes






With so many good reports of this kit around the internet and amongst modelling friends, I was quite looking forward to this build. However, on opening the box I found that the bag containing the sprues had been secured too tightly, resulting in all the outer sprues being badly warped. The wings and fuselage sections were particularly badly affected. As returning the kit for replacement was not an option, I decided to try and make the best of it, and despite many hours and weeks of toil, it has turned out quite nicely. Gloss red is never an easy colour to apply, especially on such a large kit. Although I had initial setbacks, I eventually found a suitable paint in the form of Vallejo's Model Air Scarlet, 71.003, sprayed neat from the bottle. This was the fourth and fifth coats of paint, after having initially put a coat of grey primer on, followed by VMA Signal Red 71.070, which turned out to be the wrong colour (too dark), I then sprayed it white with Humbrol acrylic satin white 130, followed by another coat of the VMA Signal Red. The shade was still not right, now being too light. So two further coats of VMA Scarlet were applied, which resulted in the finished item you see in the pictures, which I am quite satisfied with. The paint has a satin finish and it therefore only required two coats of Klear prior to, and one coat of Klear after decalling to attain the gloss effect seen. Reference photographs vary in the amount of shine seen on the actual Red Arrows aircraft, so I thought this was a good compromise.

Flory Models washes were used for the weathering effects, first the light wash, followed by the dark one. Some charcoal was also applied to the upper fuselage "blow hole" and the jet pipe exhaust and smoke pipes.  The decals were the best I have ever seen from Revell, though some were difficult to apply, and they are generally larger than those shown in the instructions. The decals depicting the det cord on the top of the canopy were found to go on best with Micro Set and Micro Sol liberally applied (after dipping the canopy part in Klear first), rather than applying with Klear, which doesn't soften the carrier film sufficiently for this type of application.

Despite my difficulties, I think they were just bad luck in this case - maybe the sprue bag had been opened prior to me receiving it and unintentionally fastened a little too tightly, though this would have to have been some time before it came into my hands. I would therefore not hesitate to recommend this kit to anyone - experts and beginners alike, though one needs to be aware that a kit of this size means any difficulties  encountered are likely to be somewhat multiplied by the size of the model. I've seen some amazing results around the various internet forums, with scratch building all manner of detail around the model, but it would do just as well built straight out of the box.

Would I build another one? Yes, definitely.