1/72 British Navy Jets – Sea Hawk, Sea Venom, Sea Vixen
I promised another series of older builds – here they are: the Novo Sea Hawk F.G.A 6, the ModelCraft Sea Vixen FAW.2, and the Premiere Sea Venom FAW 21.
Again, no seam filling or extra detailing. I did add a whip aerial to the Sea Venom, and I made the red “no walk way” decals for the Sea Vixen (although I didn’t do a very thorough job of sanding off the “x” raised detail markings!). First attempt with making my own decals.
Two of these kits were very old – the Novo Sea Hawk and the Premiere Sea Venom, which I am told was a reboxed Frog kit with metal seats, a vac formed canopy and a new decal sheet. They were both built OTB – pilots included (most older kits included pilots – I wish new manufacturers would take note!). This was my first attempt to use a vac formed canopy, and I didn’t use the right technique to protect myself from the “slip of the knife!” You can see on the starboard side where the section is missing! Lucky for me it’s on the side less visible from the standpoint of how I mount my aircraft to stands! I’m glad I learned my lesson, as I’m dealing with a vac formed canopy now on my Soccer War Corsairs build… (soon to come).
I suspect the Model Craft Sea Vixen is a bit more modern kit, but it wasn’t all that great either. I do love the Sea Vixen – to me the Javelin and Sea Vixen are two classic early jet airframes from our RAF friends.
The Sea Vixen was painted mostly via rattle can, and the other two purely by brush. I wasn’t into weathering at this stage in my modeling career, but had to put some staining under that huge expanse of white on the Vixen!
For the Sea Hawk – who doesn’t love invasion stripes! I had seen an illustration of Sea Hawks dressed as such during the Suez crises, so went with that. For the Sea Venom, I believe the wing tank markings were actually for a demonstration team, and the extra decals provided did a pretty good job of them – had to touch up with paint to fill them in properly.
I love these non-common subjects, and will be glad for the day when manufactures are done stamping out the more “heroic” airplanes and pick a few more esoteric subjects!
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