Hawk’s F2H-2 Banshee….. Reworked!
Firstly, a confession. This is a re-post of one of my favourite aircraft & like many others
(I think) I was hoping that the new Kitty hawk kit would bring me the satisfaction I have been waiting so many years for. Didn’t happen! There have been many comments about accuracy which don’t need to be repeated here, but the good news which prompted the facelift above, was the release of Furball’s new decal sheet ‘Sea Blue Banshees’ which I just had to have.
Superb covers it nicely, with a multiplicity of choices: 16 in all, covering both the -2 & 2P.
The model is the venerable Hawk offering from 1957 or thereabouts with around 20 parts which distinguished themselves by having raised outlines for positioning the decals, no cockpit, no nosewheel bay no interior (see-through in fact) & not much of anything else.
It was a bit too short as well, with a too – short canopy just to make things even more difficult.
My original build modifications covered lengthening the fuselage. new canopy, cockpit, seat, windshield, nose wheel bay, full undercarriage – struts, wheels & retraction arms, air intake ducting, turbine faces & exhausts, correcting the wing-tip tanks & so on. Most of these were scratchbuilt; only the seat & main wheels being resin & a few items were from my spares box. This time around sees a complete sanding, new U/C doors, a full repaint, tweaking the canopy, rebuilding the U/C retraction geometry, drilling out the nosewheel spokes & the new decals representing a plane from the VF-11, USS. Kearsarge in 1952. I think she’s earned a rest now, having given me more fun & challenges than anything else I’ve ever built.
7 additional images. Click to enlarge.