1/48 AMG Hawker Hind.
This is the newish AMG Hawker Hart finished as an Irish Air Corps Hawker Hind. The Hind was an improved version of the Hart that featured a more powerful RR Kestrel engine, a tail wheel, and the cut down rear gunners position from the Hawker Demon. Hinds were also designed to use truly ugly “rams horn” exhausts. I started scratchbuilding these and then stopped when I realized all Hinds didn’t feature them. The standard exhausts preserve the plane’s great lines. I bought this kit from a vendor at the last show I attended in November of 2019 and intended to build it out of the box as an RAF Hart. Unfortunately, the kit decals feature miscolored roundels. The blue is way too light. Rummaging through the decal dungeon produced a couple of Max Decals Irish Air Corps sheets. I purchased these with the intention of doing an Irish Lysander a long time ago. The sheet also featured markings for the Hawker Hind which I used.
The kit itself is phenomenal. It’s one of the most detailed and best molded 1/48 kits that I’ve ever built. One weird mistake is that it features exhausts for a 14 cylinder engine. Cut the rearmost exhaust tube off and position accordingly. It’s an easy fix. The only other small modification that I made was replacing the kit’s tiny and fragile looking tail wheel assembly with that from an old Otaki Spitfire. It’s about the right size and a lot stronger.
I also wasn’t sure about the PE oil cooler assembled from 7 cooling fins and 16 tiny washers. I replaced the plastic posts that hold them together with brass rod and it all worked. I’m still shocked that I didn’t lose a washer.
I painted the model with Tamiya AS-12 silver straight from the can underneath, with Xtracolor dark earth and dark green topsides. All other paints were Humbrol enamels. Rigging is stainless steel wire, antenna is EZ line.
I hope AMG sells a lot of these, and continue with more great subjects . It’s a great kit.
I also posted some in progress pics over at the Aircraft In Progress section.
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