1/48 Curtiss Hawk 75
This is the old Hobbycraft kit with aftermarket upgrades and some details added by me. Aftermarket items are:
Resin 2detail engine and cowling
Legend cockpit set
Eduard Zoom set
Master gun set for P-40B
AML and Berna decals
Before assembly I added cockpit hood sliding rails and front fairings made from plastic strip and rod. The windscreen on Hawk 75's did not have outer front canopy frames but had interior framework. I sanded off the outer frames and polished the windscreen to bring it back to a clear state. The interior framework was made from rod and strip stock with wires from stretched sprue. The kit's canopy headrest is too small so I made one from 3M poster putty. The OPL31 gunsight came from the spares box and I added a mirrored disc to represent the reflector element. I then attached the reflector and tinted plates. The kit rudder was replaced with one from an old Medallion Models resin kit. It is more accurate and has the cutout for the rudder post which I added. The aerial mast supplied in the kit is too short and wide for the French Hawk so I used one from the spares box that was taller and I sanded it to a thinner profile. Apiece of brass tubing was used to represent the fuel dump pipe on the fuselage underside. The Master set supplied the ring and bead sight, wing guns and pitot tube. Brake pipes were done from lead wire.
AML decals were used for all marking except the roundels which came from a Berna sheet. Rudder stripes and wing walks were applied by paint. I used a combination of Hataka and Pollyscale water based paints for the finish. The model represents the Hawk 75 A-1 flown by Sgt. Chef Frantisek Chabera, 5+2 victories, 4 escdrilla GC II/5,Battle of France 1940
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