Kinetic 1/48 T-45C Goshawk: Centennial of US Naval Aviation
I have always appreciated the Bae HAWK design, and when it was modified into a US Naval Aviation Jet Trainer, I really wanted to get hold of a 1/48 T-45 at some point. Once Kinetic came on the scene with this kit, I knew I had to get it.
I was a bit disappointed with myself when preparing this article, that I did not take any shots during construction! I REALLY appreciated the full intake trunking, and general design of the kit. Some have said the intakes are an issue, but they weren't for me. The only weaker points of the kit for me, were: 1. the weak arrestor hook shape- it looked short shot, but I don't think it was. 2. The strake under the fuselage at the tail section was a bit thin, 3. The design and instructions for the fit of the main undercarriage door assembly was poor. I looked at about 20 images of the actual structure of the doors, particularly the tear drop shaped covers that are part of the door assembly. I did the best I could to improve them:
After referencing detail images online, I was able to improve the end of the hook:
I was able to get the Centenary of Naval Aviation boxing, and I like how both schemes were patterned after the Pre WW2 scheme. As you know, I went with the black/white scheme:
The white of the scheme is not white, but a mix of silver and white- I used Tamiya Acrylic white and silver mixed. Hope that you enjoyed the first of my series of three Bae Hawk derivatives.