1/72 Scale Italeri RCAF CT-155 Hawk
My 1/72 scale model of the Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) CT-155 Hawk jet trainer was built using the Italeri BAE Hawk Series MK.100 kit. This kit has the necessary long nose and “new” wing compared to the older Hawk jets. A bit of modification at the tail end is required to accurately depict an RCAF Hawk. I also modified the instrument panels and their cowlings to better simulate the RCAF version.
One of the trickiest parts of this build was masking the canopy. I studied many photos from the internet to get the masking accurate. The center bar of the canopy appears to be a slightly different color (a very light green) than the surrounding white frame work.
The RCAF Hawks are painted a very glossy dark blue and kept in excellent condition. I airbrushed Humbrol #15 blue in thin wet coats to try and get an orange peel free glossy finish. Decals from Mike Grant were used and went down well. One observation about the decals is that the numbers for the tail and fuselage seem to be about 10-15% too large compared to the photos I used for reference.
The RCAF Hawks are usually seen carrying an Aim 9 dummy sidewinder, which is a CATM (captive air training munition), and an ACMI pod, for mission recreation in the debrief. I had to scratch build the ACMI pod using a sidewinder from the parts bin as a base.
Getting a realistic gloss finish in a small scale like 1/72 is always a challenge for me. I am pretty happy with how this little Hawk turned out. I have included a few photos of the RCAF Hawk with my recently completed Swiss Airforce Hawk. The Swiss Hawk is an earlier model with a different wing and nose.
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