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1/72 Hawk 81

April 16, 2013 in Aviation

This the Airfix Hawk 81-A-2 that I built straight from the box, with the only modification being to carefully separate the canopy from the windshield. Fitting the canopy over the spine was more than a little difficult so a vacform canopy is a better solution here.
Other than that little problem I really enjoyed this build. Painting was done with Lifecolor acrylics. The decals (printed by Cartograf) performed very well and was a pleasure to work with.

After this one I really need to get on with my 1/48th scale Hasegawa P-40E… πŸ™‚

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13 responses to 1/72 Hawk 81

  1. Terrific Flying Tigers build very nice eye candy indeed.

  2. That’s really slick. Well painted and weathered. Looks like Airfix got the shapes right on this one, wonder if there’s any chance they will scale it up ? I promise them i’ll buy at least one!

  3. Good to see another 72nd scale builder out there. I was building this kit but stalled out. Time to get going again.
    Good work.

  4. Amazing workmanship/craftsmanship for such a small scale. Kudos.

  5. Having now been up close and personal with three of the flyable P-40B/Cs in the world, all I can say is it is amazing that the only manufacturer who has ever gotten the shape of this airplane right was Monogram, waaaay back in 1965. Great work on the model, but what box of breakfast cereal did they find that set of drawings in?

    Oh well, there’s one manufacturer working now, with material direct from those three real ones, so there’s still hope.

    Again, not a complaint about the modeling, just the kit.

  6. Wow!!!! It’s a 1/72 scale and you did a very good job on it!!! Love the weathering, the two tone colours in the exhaust stains, the canopy is painted very sharp. You must have a very good eye-sight and steady hands to do that on a 1/72 scale plane! ( or you must be a smurf! πŸ˜‰ )

  7. Excellent build Anders. I really like the weathered paint job you have achieved here. Another great “new generation” Airfix release.

  8. Excellent work! These Airifx kits keep getting better and better.

  9. Thanks all of you for the kind comments, I am happy you like it. Quite frankly this was onr of the most entertaining builds I have done in quite a while. It must be the combination of a fairly easy and modern kit with an attractive paint scheme.

    Tom, as for any possible errors in shape of the Airfix kit… I am not an expert on this aircraft so can’t say where it goes wrong. But I am happy to hear someone is working on a new kit of this subject, it is very much needed. πŸ™‚

    Smurf or not, I can only say that a good set of magnifiers does help! πŸ™‚

  10. this is an amazing OOB build, I really don’t think it needs anything…great work! and beautiful plane too.


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