Classic Airframes Hawker Sea Hawk 1/48
August 23, 2013 in Aviation
Well by hook or by crook here is my rendition of the Hawker Seahawk,I was unable to do anything about the paint showing through on the Ace of diamonds squadron insignia and so just had to leave it alone figuring that it would look infinitely worse if I tried to “fix” it, I had the same problem with the roundels on the fuselage but was able to double up using spare decals from the box, even with two decals on each side you can still faintly see the demarcation line , I bought a Falcon vacform kit just to get the decal sheet but this was instantly consigned to the bin.
Even with the decal problem this is a nice kit with only a couple of minor problems ,I re-scribed all the panel lines as some of them are so faint they would be lost by the time the final paint was on , I drilled out the camera bay and the gun ports and fashioned a basic front wheel well as this is completely absent which is strange considering the resin main wheel well is so nice and I used a hypo needle for the pitot tube, I added quite a bit of lead in the form of squashed airgun pellets in every available space forward of the main gear which gives it a nice heavy feel as well as keeping its bum in the air. If any of you are thinking of doing this kit you will be better fixing in the inner wheel well convers before zipping up the fuselage halves.
Thanks to everyone who offered advice or just positive comments when I felt like giving up on it and especially to Seamus who really gave it some thought.
P.S I still have the nav lights to do once everything is completely dry.
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