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  1. Wolfpack Design is to rebox in August 2021 the Academy 1/48th Curtiss P-36A Hawk "Pearl Harbour" - ref. WP14811 - as Premiun edition kit. Sources: http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/wp14811.html https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=224202139513183&set=a.176768147589916 https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10805644 Box art & more Curtiss P-36A Hawk 'Pearl Harbor' (Premium Edition Kit) Sprue parts by Academy Plastic models, Total over 60 plastic parts with 2 PE (Color printing & Brass) 2 A/C markings for the USAAF in Dec. 7 1941 Canopy Masking seal included, Decal printed in Cartograf, Italy A4 color printing manual included V.P.
  2. Greetings friends, I've just bought a lovely little 1/72 Revell Red Arrows Hawk, the modern tooling from 2015, and I wonder if anyone has experience with the transfers/decals, specifically whether they are opaque enough not to turn pink over the red paintwork. I've learned from bitter experience never to trust light transfers over powerful, or dark surfaces. I used some 'museum quality' transfers once and they were basically transparent. If I know in advance I might consider painting as much of the white as I can. Any thoughts, or indeed if you know how they'll fare over the red I'd be very grateful, thank you.
  3. After the 1/48th kits, Clear Prop Models is to release 1/72nd Curtiss H-75/P-36 Hawk kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Clearpropmodels/photos/pcb.3078250142457464/3078248242457654 First boxing - ref. CP72021 - Curtiss H-750 Hawk Box art V.P.
  4. Clear Prop Models is to release 1/48th (expected later in 1/72nd too) Curtiss H-75/P-36 Hawk kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Clearpropmodels/photos/a.2307674699515016/2936223003326846 Box art - FMA-Curtiss Hawk 750 V.P.
  5. Arrived yesterday from Boscombe Down the original and complete Hawker Hawk prototype. For anyone modelling an original Hawk a visit to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield is essential. You can get close and personal, take as many photos as you wish and sit in a Hawk cockpit section that sits next to the full size aircraft. 154 arrived yesterday, by air: slung under a Chinook for the hop from Boscombe Down to Old Sarum. She is the very first Hawk flown, she spent her life being used for test and evaluation work, spending the last 20 years at the Empire Test Pilots School. At the last major overhaul she was painted black and fitted with a late 900 series RR Adour engine. Over the years she accumulated 6000 flight hours, and last flew in December 2018. The engine has been returned to Rolls Royce for re-sale, the pyrotechnic parts have been removed but otherwise she is as last flown. www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk Happy to arrange a walk round photo session if anyone wants to do it.
  6. BAE Systems Hawk 100 Series 1:72 Airfix The Hawk 100 is the next generation Hawk following on from the original Hawker Siddeley Hawk. The new hawk has more advanced avionics, the provisions for more weapons, all contained in a redesigned fuselage with a new wing. The Hawk 115 (CT-155) was ordered by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Hawk 127 by the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Hawk 128 (or T.2) by the Royal Air Force. The Kit This is a re-issue of Airfix's 2008 new tool with extra parts to reflect the Hawk 100. The kit arrives on five sprues and a clear spure. Construction starts with the cockpit. The tub is one part into which the instrument panels fit and the one part seats. A bulkhead goes on the back followed by one at the front to which the nose gear leg attaches (leave this off if you are going to do the model wheels up). Two pilots are provided if you wish to put them in your model. The cockpit and exhaust can then be fitted into the fuselage and it closed up, Airfix advise adding 5 grams of nose weight. Now the fuselage is together the instrument coaming and HUD can be fitted along with both intakes. We now switch to the main wing There is a one part lower wing with left and right uppers, before they go together the modeller will need to open up the holes for the pylons. On tope two fences are fitted and underneath 3 flap tracks each side are fitted. The wing can now be joined to the fuselage, and the tailpanes added. On the fuselage the top insert can be fitted and then the canopies. At the rear of the fuselage the air brake can be fitted in either the closed or extended position, The main gear is also now made up and added along with the gear doors. If the model is to be built in flight then airfix provide a set of single part doors so the modeller does not have to fit all the multipart ones. For the underwing/wing-tip stores Airfix provide four sidewinders and two tanks. These can be made up and added as needed. To finish up the models a few aerials are also fitted along with the nose piot tube. Decals The sheet is from Cartograf so there will be no issues there, the sheet gives markings for three aircraft; No. 76 Sqn RAAF, Williamstown, NSW, Feb 2003. No. 419 Sqn RCAF, CFB Moose Jaw, 2016 (WWII Anv Scheme). No. 25(F) Sqn, No.4 Flying Training School, RAF, RAF Valley 2018. Conclusion Its great to see Airfix now offering the latest version of the Hawk in 1/72. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. NHS Charities Together Hawk 1:72 Airfix A73100 When the RAF began the search for a new fast jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat, it was originally intended that the role would be fulfilled by the SEPECAT Jaguar. However, the advanced capabilities demanded of the new Anglo-French aircraft meant that it became too complex for use as a trainer As a result, Hawker Siddley Aviation began work on a private venture known as the P.1182. The design team produced a relatively simple, subsonic aircraft with a number of clever features. The fuselage is designed around a large, tandem cockpit, which features a significant difference in height between the student & instructor. This affords the instructor a much better view than in the Gnat. The wings featured double-slotted flaps which gives the Hawk excellent low-speed handling characteristics. Though the box calls this a BAe Hawk lets not forget it was a Hawker Siddley design. The first of the 176 Hawks ordered by the RAF entered service in 1976, designated the Hawk T.1. 88 T.1s were modified to T.1A standard, which allowed them to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for use in the emergency air defence role. The Hawks reputation as an excellent aeroplane has been confirmed by the considerable success it has enjoyed in the export market. Users include the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amongst others. A highly modified carrier capable version is in service with the United States Navy, where it is known as the T-45 Goshawk. The most famous role occupied by the Hawk, however, is as the mount of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows. The Kit This is Airfix's new tool kit from 2008 which we have not seen so far on BM surprisingly. For the Covid crisis in order to raise money for NHS charities Airfix ran a competition to design a scheme for the Hawk. The kit arrives on 34 sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. In line with the usual model building clichés, construction starts with the cockpit. This prominent feature is made up of a large tandem tub, instrument panels and coamings, control columns and bulkheads. The single part ejection seats look ok, both in terms of detail and shape for this scale, only one pilot is provided probably as a hang over from the kits previous life as a Red Arrow. Decals are also provided for the instrument panels. The rear bulkhead is added along with the front one, if building with the gear down then the nose wheel leg attached to the front cockpit bulkhead. After fitting the exhaust t eh main fuselage can be closed up around the cockpit. Airfix recommend fitting 5g of nose weight. The intakes are fitted to the sides of the completed fuselage before moving onto the wings. There is a single man lower wing with left & right uppers to be added. To the underside are fitted the flap actuators. The completed wing assembly can be fitted to the fuselage. Following this the tail planes, upper fuselage insert, canopy and front pitot tube are added. To finish off the large rear ventral airbrake is added complete with the strakes either side of it. If doing the gear down the rest of the landing gear and gear bay doors can be added. As with other recent kits Airfix provide separate doors for a gear up option. Markings A decal sheet from Cartograf provides markings for two aircraft. A. Winning Competition Design by Geoff Elliot b. Airfix NHS Desgin. Conclusion A good idea by Airfix in the middle of the Covid crisis, and a good idea to raise money for the NHS. Even if you want to build a regular Hawk from this boxing you can still feel good about getting the kit. Review sample courtesy of
  8. RAF Red Arrows Hawk Small Starter Set 1:72 Airfix A55002 It is hard to think of a more Iconic Aircraft to represent the Royal Air Force than the famous Hawker Siddeley Hawk used by the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team. Here in this starter set the Hawk only has 24 parts. Here at least Airfix are labelling this as a starter set and not a full kit There is nothing wrong with the quality of the parts, these all seem to be up to the standards of the new 1.72 Airfix kits I have seen lately. These kits are great in one respect they will act as a bridge between the click together Airfix kits, and full on model kits. They will assemble like kits, but the lower parts count and thought to the engineering will make it a lot easier for the younger modeller. I cant understand why Airfix are not making more of this aspect to encourage younger modellers into the hobby. Now a look at the kit in more detail. The Kit The hawk is the standard Mark 1 as used by the Reds. It should be noted that the plastic in this starter set is bright Red presumably so the younger modeller does not have to paint it. I have used the sprue shots here from the previous double boxing with the Spitfire as they are easier on the eye and the cameral lens! Here we start in the cockpit, two single part seats are fitted into the main tub and this is fitted into the fuselage, and this is closed up. All bulkheads and instrument panels are built in. Two pilot figures are supplied if the modeller wants to use them. A pair of two part intakes fit to the completed fuselage. At the rear the tail planes go one. The main wing is a single part upper which the lower parts fits to, this can then be attached to the fusleage. Single part nose and main gear doors are supplied if the modeller wants them closed. For the gear down simplified assemblies are included. The nose gear leg is moulded as one single part with the wheel. For the mains each leg is a single part with a wheel, and then there is a single part with the inner gear doors. The outers being moulded onto the leg. A single part canopy completes the model. If wanted the model can be mounted to the Hawk shaped stand included in the kit. Markings A small decal sheet from Cartograf provides markings for XX310 from the Red Arrows. There should be no issues with these. Conclusion This is a great set to bridge the gap between click together kits and models for the younger modeller. It a shame Airfix dont champion it as this. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Supermarine Spitfire & RAF Red Arrows Hawk Gift Set 1:72 Airfix A50187 It is hard to think of two more Iconic Aircraft to represent the Royal Air Force than the famous Supermarine Spitfire, and the Hawker Siddeley Hawk used by the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team. Here Airfix have brought these two aircraft together in a "Best of British" boxing complete with paints, glue and paint brushes. The first thing to say about this boxing is that these kits are not full on model kits as you would expect looking at the box. These are simplified model kits. The Spitfire has only 26 parts including its display stand, and the Hawk 24. On seeing this boxing I must admit I was expecting two full sized model kits in the box. Apart from the parts count on the side of the box there is nothing at all which would lead the modeller to thinking otherwise, its only when you look at the contents that you get the idea they are not full kits. There is nothing wrong with the quality of the parts, these all seem to be up to the standards of the new 1.72 Airfix kits I have seen lately. These kits are great in one respect they will act as a bridge between the click together Airfix kits, and full on model kits. They will assemble like kits, but the lower parts count and thought to the engineering will make it a lot easier for the younger modeller. I cant understand why Airfix are not making more of this aspect to encourage younger modellers into the hobby. Now a look at the kits in more detail. Spitfire The variant included here is a Mark Vc in markings for Pilot Officer Antoni Glowacki of No, 303 Sqn Based at Northolt in 1942. The kit has 26 parts including the Spitfire shaped display stand if the modeler wants to use this. The model can be built with the undercarriage raised or lowered. First off the two fuselage halves can go together with the tail wheel being moulded onto the left half. At the front the mount for the prop goes on and then the engine cover complete with moulded in exhausts goes on. The wings can then go together with a single part lower and left/right uppers. The pilots seat fits into the wing and then this is joined to the fuselage. The tailplanes then go on. Under the wings the radiator and oil cooler are fitted. Single part raised gear, or two part lowered gear are then fitted. The centreline carb intake is fitted. The pilot figure can then go into the seat if you want to use him, following this the aerial mast and single part canopy are fitted. At the front the single part prop and spinner are fitted. If the aircraft is to be mounted on the stand now is the time to do it. Hawk The hawk is the standard Mark 1 as used by the Reds. Here we start in the cockpit, two single part seats are fitted into the main tub and this is fitted into the fuselage, and this is closed up. All bulkheads and instrument panels are built in. Two pilot figures are supplied if the modeller wants to use them. A pair of two part intakes fit to the completed fuselage. At the rear the tail planes go one. The main wing is a single part upper which the lower parts fits to, this can then be attached to the fusleage. Single part nose and main gear doors are supplied if the modeller wants them closed. For the gear down simplified assemblies are included. The nose gear leg is moulded as one single part with the wheel. For the mains each leg is a single part with a wheel, and then there is a single part with the inner gear doors. The outers being moulded onto the leg. A single part canopy completes the model. If wanted the model can be mounted to the Hawk shaped stand included in the kit. Markings A small decal sheet from Cartograf provides markings for XX310 from the Red Arrows and Spitfire Mk.Vc AB174 of No, 303 Sqn Based at Northolt in 1942. There shoud be no issues with these. Conclusion This is a great set to bridge the gap between click together kits and models for th younger modeller. It a shame Airfix dont champion it as this, and make that clear on the box. Review sample courtesy of
  10. This was the first kit I got when looking to return to modelling (but not the first completed). As a result of this I made a unique proposition to myself...it comes with paints and brushes...so I would only complete it with what came in the kit. The exceptions to this was I bought spray gloss (Humbrol), Clearfix, and Decalfix. I did this to try and save money, but also to review it more as a 'includes everything you need kit." It's something I thought about doing for a long time and finally did it! As usual you can see my full review over here. I actually started this before my Gnat which I finished in Yellowjacks (seen here). However, I didn't finish it until after. But I finished this afterwards because I ended up doing my Gnat in almost one sitting haha. The kits were pretty decent and I absolutely LOVE the stands. I really wish they'd include these style stands in more kits as I love making them gear up and ready to go sometimes - especially display schemes!
  11. Hawk 100 Series Upgrade Set (for Airfix kit) 1:72 Eduard The new Hawks fro Airfix are good little kits, now Eduard are along with an update set for the kit. Update Set (73726) This set comprises two sheets of PE, one of which is nickel-plated and painted, the other bare brass. The first items are some new instrument panels, and side consoles for both cockpits.. The seats get a make over with new pads, belts, head box parts and firing handles. For the rest of the cockpit there is a new front coaming and the large one between the two cockpits. There are new HUDs, canopy parts and the large canopy hinges, and the canopy sills. For the airframe there are new undercarriage bays, and doors. The same are provided for the ventral air brake. There are brake lines and parts for both gear legs. New wing fences are supplied with slime lights and a new exhaust though this must be rolled from a flat part. Lastly there are some detail parts for the fuel tanks, Aden gun pod and sidewinders. Zoom Set (SS726) This just provides the nickel plated set. Conclusion The detail added with these sets will doubtless set your model apart from the rest, and you can get any or all sets depending on your area of focus. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. There seemed to be very few 'Reds' Hawks so thought I'd better partake...another standard kit in the post that I will attempt to run side by side.
  13. Hawk T.1 (04970) 1:72 Revell When the RAF began the search for a new fast jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat, it was originally intended that the role would be fulfilled by the SEPECAT Jaguar. However, the advanced capabilities demanded of the new Anglo-French aircraft meant that it became too complex for use as a trainer As a result, Hawker Siddley Aviation began work on a private venture known as the P.1182. The design team produced a relatively simple, subsonic aircraft with a number of clever features. The fuselage is designed around a large, tandem cockpit, which features a significant difference in height between the student & instructor. This affords the instructor a much better view than in the Gnat. The wings featured double-slotted flaps which gives the Hawk excellent low-speed handling characteristics. Though the box calls this a BAe Hawk lets not forget it was a Hawker Siddley design. The first of the 176 Hawks ordered by the RAF entered service in 1976, designated the Hawk T.1. 88 T.1s were modified to T.1A standard, which allowed them to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for use in the emergency air defence role. The Hawks reputation as an excellent aeroplane has been confirmed by the considerable success it has enjoyed in the export market. Users include the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amongst others. A highly modified carrier capable version is in service with the United States Navy, where it is known as the T-45 Goshawk. The most famous role occupied by the Hawk, however, is as the mount of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows. The Kit Revell's kit arrives packed into their new style end-opening box and comprises 90 parts spread across 5 sprues of grey plastic and a single small clear sprue. This version thankfully dispenses with the bright red plastic of the Red Arrows boxing. The smoke pod is also not included, but you now get two sprues of weapons, tanks, and pylons. The plastic parts themselves are beautifully moulded and engraved details are fine, crisp and clean. The overall shape looks promising on the sprue, but discussions would seem to indicate that it only has the short fin fillet, and rear end as on early aircraft. In line with the usual model building clichés, construction starts with the cockpit. This prominent feature is made up of a large tandem tub, instrument panels and coamings, control columns and bulkheads. The ejection seats are each made up of three parts and look very good indeed, both in terms of detail and shape. The cockpit is fully detailed, with instruments and controls picked out on both instrument panels and all of the side consoles. Decals are also provided, but I would be hesitant to cover up all of that lovely detail. Once complete, the whole sub-assembly can be sandwiched between the fuselage halves, along with the jet exhaust pipe, fin fillet and airbrake bay interior (the airbrake itself can be fitted in either the open or closed position). The wing is moulded as a single lower span with separate port and starboard upper wings. Ailerons are moulded in place, and there are quite chunky sprue attachment points on the leading edges of the wing (and the horizontal tail surfaces too). These shouldn't cause any problems for most modellers , but care will need to be taken when removing these parts from the sprue. The undercarriage occupies six stages of the construction process and is very finely detailed indeed. The gear doors are moulded as solid pieces in order to make the wheels-up configuration a little easier to build, so they must be cut up along the moulded score lines in order to finish the model as it would appear on the ground. The cockpit canopy has been moulded in two pieces, so it can be finished in either the open or closed position. The smaller parts such as the blade aerials are very fine indeed. Decals The decals are by Cartograf so there will be no problems there. Only one option is supplied that for 208(R) Sqn RAF 2016 special tail scheme. Conclusion While there are a few Hawks available in this scale, in my view Revell's effort has surpassed the models already on the market, making it the go-to option for those wishing to build a model of the type if you can over look the tail issues. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  14. Wasn’t planning on entering this GB, but saw the review of the 1/48 Airfix release of the Folland Gnat which contains marking option of an aircraft in the colours of the Yellowjacks. Formed in 1963, the Yellowjacks were an RAF aerobatic display team by a group of flying instructors from No.4 Flying Training School. Leading to what we snow know as the Red Arrows in 1965. I thought the gloss yellow scheme with black tail would look good on a hawk. So here I am. Kit was ordered from Jadlam on Saturday. Something to look forward to as we go back into lockdown.
  15. Announced some time ago and confirmed as a new tool http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973045-revell-2015/?p=1877100 . The Revell's BAe Hawk T.Mk.1 Hawk "Red Arrows" - ref.04921 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Flugzeuge/Wiegmann/Rev_BAe_Hawk_Red_Arrows_72/Rev_04921_Hawk_Red_Arrows.html Test build V.P.
  16. AZmodel is to release a new tool 1/72nd Curtiss P-36 Hawk kit - ref. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931186-azmodellegatoadmiral-wwii-aircraft-comments-questions-and-wishes/?p=2480480 V.P.
  17. Hi, I just finished this 1/72 Airfix Hawk T.1. I used Eduard photo-etched and CMK resin parts. Tamiya paints and Future were used for the finish. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
  18. On holiday at home relaxing watching railway drivers eye view video's on & spotted two aircraft parked on an industrial estate in Knutsford - Jet Provost & what appears to be a Hawk, further investigation via Google street view aso shows a Tornado at the same premesis. Anybody know the background? On the left at around 57 min 10s into the followng video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSr0EXGxpdE
  19. The well known and loved by all Special Hobby's kit is well worth the manufacturer's brand. Special in every aspect: quality of the molds, fit, level of details, accuracy. And isn't our hobby (inter alia) a struggle against the efforts of producers, how to do something wrong, if it could be good. So everything is all right. If you are interested in details and have strong nerves, please look for the workshop thread. The construction process was marked by numerous problems, caused by myself. First the fuselage broke twice where it was connected to the engine cowling, then after assembling the airframe and painting, I dropped it on the desk and the instrument panel inside fell off ... reinstalling it perfectly did not succeed, poor access, but I didn't want to make such a large step back and brake the fuselage into halves. Decals were too transparent, had to overpaint them. I broke one leg of the landing gear, lost one gear leg cover (the one in the front of the gear nacelle, finally I made them both of an aluminium sheet obtained from a tin of Felix peanuts), I lost the fuel filler cap too, replaced with a scratch-built one. At the end I unfortunately grabbed it with dirty fingers and the marks had to be removed ... But finally, here it is. Here it is and it proves that even with medium abilities and skills in the use of putty and file, this model can be put together. And this is probably the most important thing. Few things added: rivets, missing panel lines, modification of armament in the wings, antenna mountings on the wings, vertical stabilizer and fuselage, 0.2 mm Uschi van der Rosten antenna cables with insulators made of hygienic stick stretched over fire (does anyone use them for any other purpose, btw?), wheel well covers from CMK resin, barrels from Master. The rest - straight from the box. Painted with MRP Paints. Colors according to the AJ-Press monograph: old leaves - early US Olive Drab, young leaves - early US Medium Green, underside of wings and horizontal fins painted silver, with upper surface color over the leading edge. In combination with the orange markings (Dutch Decals DDS003 R.Netherlands East Indies Air Force) - it looks very nice and different, I think. Hope you like it :). Best regards and Happy New Year! Hubert
  20. canopy was missing from the kit so had to wait for it to arrive in the post from revell, after a quick email asking for a new one. Also needs some decal fix to really sink the arrow down on the underside.
  21. Here is my Airfix Hawk T2 of 25 Sqn at RAF Valley. Thought the new squadron would a nice way to start on the Hawk stash. Still find getting a nice gloss finish a bit of a battle and this is my first effort with the gloss black. Additions for this kit were the Air Graphics decals and baggage pod, aftermarket metal Pitot Probe and scratch built wing tip missiles and aerial behind the cockpit..
  22. My entry for this GB will be the HobbyBoss 1/48 Hawk T-1A No 4 Flying Training School, RAF Valley Though I had thought of building an F-5E Tiger of VFC-13 Flying Saints Adversary Squadron - “Training the Fleet Air Wings” from NAS Fallon
  23. LukGraph Resin is to release in March 2019 a 1/32nd Curtiss AT-5/AT-5A Hawk resin kit - ref.32-19 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2138392953141433&set=a.1464998240480911&type=3&theater Box art V.P.
  24. Miles M.14 Hawk III/ Magister Mk.I "Egyptian, Turkish and Thai" Special Hobby 1:48 The Miles M.14 Magister was designed to meet the Air Ministry Specification T.40/36. Miles based the Magister on their existing Hawk Trainer. The Magister was a tandem open cockpit design with a low wing cantilever monoplane. The main structure was Spruce with a covering of plywood. The centre wing section was of constant section, having no dihedral. The outer sections had dihedral and tapered towards the tip. The undercarriage was fixed on the main and tail wheels. The main wheels could be covered by spats. Production was started in 1937 and by the start of WWII over 700 Magisters were in RAF service. As well as the central flying school 16 elementary flying schools used the type. By the time production ended in 1941 1203 aircraft had been built. As well as these 100 were licence built in Turkey. As well as use by the RAF the aircraft were used primarily by The Irish Air Corps, The Egyptian Air Force, and The South African Air Force. Other users Were Thailand, Portugal, New Zealand, Malaya, Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Canada and Australia. The Kit The kit arrives in a standard open-ended box from Special Hobby. They must be trying to economise as the box is the old release Magister box with a cover glued on, so you can only open one end. The kit comes as two main sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, one vac formed clear part, one bag of resin parts; and two photo etched frets. Also there is one small sprue of a light grey plastic, this seems to be a harder plastic than the kit and this is used for the landing gear struts. Shockingly construction starts with the cockpit! This area of the kit is highly detailed, most of which will be seen through the open cockpits. Many photoetched parts are added to the inside of the fuselage halves and to the resin cockpit floor. Resin seats attach to resin seat backs. Four part seat belts are provided for each seat, and the small rudder pedals are made up of four separate parts for each cockpit. Instrument panels are made by laminating the photoetched parts. Once the cockpit has been completed the rest of the airframe does not take much work. The fuselage halves are joined and the engine section is joined and added. Following the the tailplanes are added along with the rudder. The aircraft in this boxing had different rudders so please chose the right one. Next the landing gear is added. The Egyptian machine has Spats while the other two options do not. The tail wheel is added along with the propellor and its boss. Some small parts of photoetch details are nearly the final parts added. The last stage is to add the blind flying hood (not used on the Egyptian Machine). This can be added in the lowered or up position using the appropriate parts. I am sure if not wanted it can be left off as I doubt they flew with it attached all of the time. Photo-etch Two small frets of photo etched parts are supplied.These contain most of the parts for the cockpit, instrument panels and seat belts. Other parts are for the landing gear, small metal airframe parts; and attachments for the blind flying hood. Canopy Small injection windscreens are provided for both cockpits. As well as this a vacform part is supplied which is the blind flying hood in the open position. The parts are clear and well formed. Decals Decals are provided for three aircraft. Black 4/L-204 Light Training School, Egyptian Army Air Force, Almaza, Egypt 1938 (trainer Yellow). White 2, Initial Flight Training Squadron, Turkish Air Force 1944 (Olive Green/Light Blue. Black 116, Royal Thai Air Force 1951/52 (overall Silver). Decals are printed by Avi Print, look to be in register with good colour definition. Conclusion The model is a typical shorter run multi-media kit we would expect from MPM. The plastic has some nice detail if sparse (but then the real aircraft did not have too much in this respect). The resin and photo etched parts are well made and will add interest to the open cockpits. Some thought has gone into its production with the harder plastic for the landing gear legs a nice touch. This would be a good level entry kit into the world of mixed/multi media kits. Overall highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Freedom Model Kits (FMK - http://freedommks.com/) is to release a new tool 1/48th Curtiss BF2C-1 Model 68 Hawk III - ref.18009 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Freedom-model-kits-600562580024267/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1186965128050673 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153945700289147&set=gm.1801612763387939&type=3&theater V.P.
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